Baltimore Rapper Beaten to Death




City homicide detectives are searching for the person who beat an up-and-coming Baltimore rapper to death Monday night at the Hott Spott Lounge (formerly 5 Seasons).

Officers were called to the club in the 800 block of Guilford Avenue shortly before midnight Monday to find 25-year-old Leedell Brown, who officials said had been assaulted during a fight inside the lounge.

Brown was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Brown also went by the name Mamoo. He was a well-known Baltimore rapper, according to his website, social media activity and his neighbor, who declined to be identified by 11 News.

"He's a pretty good rapper -- a really great guy, great brother," the neighbor said. "He was on his way to become something great."

Brown's autopsy was completed Tuesday afternoon, but the results haven't been released.

The Hott Spott Lounge is popular for its open mic and poetry nights. It's also listed as The Five Seasons. No one from the business returned 11 News' calls Tuesday.

Yu Lee arrived at his job at Yung's Carryout Chinese Restaurant on Tuesday morning to find detectives investigating in the parking lot that the restaurant shares with the lounge. He said he's seen police outside the club before.

"I was thinking that probably down the road something bad could happen, because back in the day, sometimes at night, groups of kids would fight each other, and lots of cops would come over," Lee said.

Police haven't given many details about the investigation except that they are looking for at least one culprit.

Anyone with information about the case should call Baltimore City police homicide unit at 410-396-2100. - wbaltv


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