News of the Memphis rapper’s death began circulating on social media around 7:00 p.m. EST on Thursday (December 22). Gucci Mane later confirmed his passing in an Instagram post.
“This hurt [crying emoji] I’m a miss you @bigscarr [broken heart emoji],” Gucci wrote alongside a carousel of photos of Big Scarr.
A time or cause of death have not yet been revealed.
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Big Scarr (real name Alexander Woods) made his commercial debut on The New 1017 compilation album Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer in July 2020 with “SoIcyBoyz” alongside labelmates Pooh Shiesty and Foogiano; and the solo track “Make A Play.” Scarr held the distinction of being one of only three artists to appear on a track alone across the entire project.
The same year, Big Scarr was involved in a near fatal shooting where, according to his official website, he was shot in the hip after which the bullet traveled to his chest. “I was moving, so the bullet kept moving too,” he’s quoted as explaining in his bio. “The doctors had to split me down the middle to save me. My insides got messed up, and they had to remove my appendix, so I could walk again. I recovered and bounced back way quicker than I thought though.”
Big Scarr appeared on one more 1017 compilation, So Icy Gang, Vol. 1, before releasing his debut mixtape, 2021’s Big Grim Reaper, which featured appearances by Gucci, Pooh Shiesty, Foogiano and producer Tay Keith. The project went on to peak at the No. 25 position on Billboard’s Hot 200 album chart and No. 1 on Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 Chart.
Big Grim Reaper also earned the newcomer his first Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and set the tone for accolades to come in 2022.
Following the release of Big Grim Reaper: The Return in February, Big Scarr landed a spot in the coveted 2022 XXL Freshman Class, thanks the support of fans who voted for him to be the list’s 10th featured artist.
In November, Big Scarr announced that he was scheduled to appear at Rolling Lound LA in March, which would have marked his second time performing at the traveling festival after having hit the stage at Rolling Loud New York in September.
Earlier this month, he announced his first national tour, opening for Key Glock on his Glockoma Tour, which is set to kick off on March 5.
HipHopDX extends its condolences to Big Scarr’s loved ones and the 1017 Records family.