Oakland Rapper Kenny Clutch & 2 Others Killed In Las Vegas Drive-By Shooting

posted Friday February 22 ,2013 at 09:51AM CST | 54 comments

Oakland Rapper Kenny Clutch & 2 Others Killed In Las Vegas Drive-By Shooting

Following a hotel parking lot altercation, aspiring rapper Kenny Clutch was gunned down a block from where Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in 1996.

In the early hours yesterday morning (February 21), aspiring Oakland, California rapper Kenny Clutch (born Kenneth Cherry, Jr.) was shot and killed while driving down Las Vegas Boulevard in the Nevada city. According to CNN's report, after being struck, the rapper lost control of his Maserati and collided with a taxi at an intersection. Kenny Clutch, the taxi driver Michael Bolden and the yet-to-be identified passenger all died in the fiery crash. The shooters have yet to identified or caught by authorities.

The incident took place approximately a block away from where Tupac Shakur was shot and later killed from a 1996 drive-by.

Reports indicate that at 4:20 am local time, an altercation broke out in the valet parking section at the Aria Hotel, reportedly involving another party and Clutch, who was entering his vehicle. The other party was driving a black Range Rover. Moments later, a block away, a person in the Range Rover shot Clutch, driving the Maserati, ensuing the crash seconds later.

"It is gut-wrenching," a tearful Tehran Boldon, the late taxi driver's brother told KVVU, which was quoted at CNN. "My life mission would be to see them punished and brought to justice for the senseless thing they did."

Clutch's attorney, Vicki Greco, was also quoted, "Out of everyone I know in the rapping industry there is no way I would have ever, ever expected to find that he was shot on the Las Vegas strip in such an aggressive manner...He didn't have a (criminal) record or a history. He was just a good kid trying to make it and be a good father." Clutch was a reported father of three, according to a local NBC affiliate.

Clark County Sherriff Doug Gillispie stated, "What happened will not be tolerated,'' promising the shooters will be "found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.''

Not much is known of Kenny Clutch's Rap career. The fledgling artist had released a series of videos to YouTube, including his own rendendition of Rick Ross' "Stay Schemin'," also shot on the Vegas Strip.

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  • One
    My condolences to his family and the taxi driver. From what I have read, he wasn't a gangsta like the one he portrayed. Can't be that gangsta when you go to a catholic school. Seems like a good man who was just making money his own way. I never heard of him but it's just like Biggie said, "you're nobody till somebody kills you." I hope Rick Ross looks at this as an example because the same thing could happen to him. Don't play gangsta role unless you bout that life.
  • Anonymous
    Does Las Vegas have anything against Oakland people???
  • calibeatbox420
    OMG....they killed Kenny.....YOU BASTARDS!!!!!!
  • kennyken
    nobody gets shot for no particular reason. stop saying he had no criminal background or history. if he didn't, why is someone shooting to kill him?
    • Killem Dafoe
      The victims at Sandy Hook would disagree with you, as would the many other victims of random gun violence. Could be hate from the fact he was in a Maserati. Don't try to imply dude had it coming without knowing the facts...
    • Roba Cena
      ^^ Preach. I grew up in Crenshaw, a place where even the color of your shoelaces can get you killed. For no fucking reason but a color. Some of y'all niggas are living in a fantasy world, but this is reality. Some niggas do get killed for no reason.
  • Anonymous
    he was just showing his ass on the strip and ran into the wrong mother fucker. you got to learn to let shit go if you love your life. if you keep taking a gamble and sure enough one day you will run into the wrong one.
  • the D.I.L.L.S
    YO I JUST ATE A BURGER COOKIE THAT SHIT TASTE SO GOOD. ARIZONA IN THE HEZ-HOUSE! r.i.p cenny klutch
  • petty pain man
    blame it on SUGE
  • Anonymous
    Fuck a rapper. RIP to the taxi driver and the passenger.
    • Anonymous
      Shut the fuck up, the guy left behind 3 kids who was at least trying to be a father to them. How would u feel if that was ur dad? about "fuck a rapper", fuck you.
    • Anonymous
      good fathers aren't out showin they ass at the club
  • bblanco
    Dead rappers get better promotion
    • Killem Dafoe
      But no royalties...
  • will
    NOT MUCH KNOWN ABOUT HIS RAP CAREER..GEE THAN WHERE DID HE GET THE MASERATI HAVE RESPECT FOR THE FAMILIES THAT LOST LOVED ONES DUE TOO HIS LIFE STYLE.INSPIRING RAPPER HA CALL HIM WHAT HE IS A BUM
  • Satanic Racist
    Well, isnt that a shame. I guess its just one less nigger we have to worry about robbing a gas station
  • Liam
    YO! Looks like East Coast makes another Las Vegas statement. Crooklyn in da house!
  • oohhhhhhhhh
    im from harlem give a fuck about no deez
  • p.A.I.n pettY/tosh.o
    rip tupac
  • kkk
    gang violence will do that to you idiots
  • Anonymous
    kenny who? fuck the nigger
  • Anonymous
    1 less nigger in the world causing shit on the streets fuck him
  • So Icy!
    Dwyane Wayde and Chris Bows will be da next! Birdman and his goons will kill dem disrespectful niggaz. u cant fuck wit real niggaz. LIL WAYNE a real BLOOD. YMCMB for life. go Weezy. swag
    • Gamestwin
      do u SWALLOW or SPIT u sound like u a AZZCUSHION for ymcmb REAL BLOOD? NICCA CHECK HIS HISTORY.real bloods dont WEAR BLUE EVER IN THEY LIFE..STOP WATCHING TV LIL NICCA GO OUTSIDE SEE THE REAL FOR URSELF.
    • Anonymous
      A real blood?? Ur a fuckin IDIOT!! FUCK YMCMB nigga! Ur the reason hip hop fuckin sucks now, KILL YASELF
  • Anonymous
    fuck the black bastard, just another dumb nigger doing nuthin with his live out gang bangin no real loss fuck yall go suck a dick
  • Anonymous
    Milehighkid303: Way to make a pun at death you coward. Go sit in a fuckin' corner with ya hand on your nose and don't move until poppa tells you to...dumbass. haha faggot
  • ME
    Isn't EVERYBODY an aspiring rap artist these days?
    • Anonymous
      until they get got in a drive by lol
  • munybeez
    rip
  • PMM
    How did this guy even afford a Maserati?
    • highlyopinionated
      it's a possibility that the vehicle was rented
  • Milehighkid303
    I'm a whiteboy and I know nothing of gang violence or project living only through some of my closest friends whom have had to deal with that stuff. My heart goes out to the Black culture, I feel for my brothers this stuff is getting really old and sad, another mother and father have to attend a funeral to their deceased family memeber. Cats just wild out nowadays and it is NOTHING like back in the day where there was SOME forms of respect everyone nowadays is so quick to pull the trigger or make a life altering decision. May God have mercy on them and their families, peace.
    • Anonymous
      oh shut the fuck up, lazy ass black people need to get up and get a job, using the hood as an excuse NOT TO WORK, and shoot each other fuck outta here
    • Anonymous
      your white and u say my brothers lol idiot
    • Gamestwin
      LMFAO SOUNDS LIKE SOMEBODY STOLE HIS WHITE GIRLFRIEND LOL DONT HATE ON BLK PEOPLE SON ITS NOT OUR FAULT YALL PENISES ARE HELLA LIL
    • Milehighkid303
      All three of you LAMES obviously DON'T understand where I was coming from. YOU SEE THE THEME HERE IS SYMPATHY.....dumbasses. To the FIRST Anonymous.....ONE of the cats WAS working, he was a taxi drive the OTHER just happened to be a passenger that was shot.....IDIOT. To the second Anonymous I say BROTHERS because we are ALL brothers through Christ my man, have your fun with the comment if you'd like don't bother me none. And to the LAST CAT Mr. Gamestwin.......bruh I ain't worried about my man piece, not in the least, passive homo comment there family keep them to yaself. OUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!
    • A black guy
      ^ word
    • Khalid Muhammad's Ghost
      Milehighkid303 Umm, no. We are not brothers by any standards and we'll never be. You white folks are genetic recessive and that's a known fact. We don't need compassion from a devil, so stop acting like you care. Peace.
    • this guy here
      @milehighkid- shut the fuck up.. i cant tell by u callin urself a 'whiteboy' that ur the kind of person who does shit to get the ok from black guys.. im white and live in the hood and its white MAN.. u put in work, get money n feed urself n your fam if u got fam and ur a MAN not no boy, then again maybe u r a boy who gets shit from ya moms n pops since we know u dont live in the hood..stop degrading urself smdh.
  • Anonymous
    great news, 3 less black idiots on the streets
    • Milehighkid303
      Way to make a pun at death you coward. Go sit in a fuckin' corner with ya hand on your nose and don't move until poppa tells you to...dumbass.
    • Anonymous
      2 of them were completely innocent people you asshole one of them was driving a taxi to feed his family and the other just happened to be a passenger in the taxi cab that kenny clutch crashed into
    • Anonymous
      Go tell the cops the taxi people were Black instead of the HHDX comment section Bones
    • Anonymous
      Move city then, and get a fucking job- make something of yourself- move away from the gangs, separate yourself from the gang scene (not rocket science) gang violence my ass, more nigger excuses to do fuck all with your life but sell crack, shoot each other etc fuck your bullshit
  • Anonymous
    When i saw this on the news yesterday (before they knew the names of the deceased) and they mentioned range rover and maserati, the first thing i said was some rapper just got killed, and i went on thisis50, allhiphop and wshh looking to see which rapper it was.