Houston’s hip-hop community was blindsided with the loss of Dominic Levar Brown, better known as Money Clip D, the right hand-man to rapper Trae The Truth and his ABN camp. “Everybody knew and loved Clip,” says Nancy Byron, Trae’s publicist.
Brown, 34, was gunned down outside of a southwest after-hours night-club in the early morning of Friday Nov. 25. According to sources, the gunman targeted him in his vehicle and opened fire after what police described as a seemingly unrelated fight broke out inside the establishment.
For those familiar with Houston’s tight knit urban scene, it was known that where there was Trae, Clip was right next to him. That Friday evening after Thanksgiving Day, was an exception as Trae was not present at the scene.
Money Clip D could be described as a well-known OG of the hip-hop community whom everyone knew and adored. Hundreds of friend’s, family and industry associates including Lupe Fiasco, Chamillionaire and Bun B took to twitter to mourn his death and express their condolences:
“We keep losing the good ones,” rapper Bun B said.
“Me and my brother always been side by side…win, lose or draw against whatever,” Trae said.
“Another H-Town solider taken way too early,” Chamillionaire said.
“Rest in peace Clip. ABN Angel By Nature,” Lupe Fiasco said.
Trae’s long time friend and manager was held by friends to be the core of the ABN Gang, a record label and charitable organization that has been recognized by the City of Houston for their tireless efforts within the community. “[Money Clip D] handled Trae’s business very well. He was a great dad and a great friend,” Byron said.
Trae and Clip had spent their last day holiday together serving food to the less fortunate. –callye peyrovi