According to local media, Jean Huberman Charles, a Haitian rapper who lived in Brooklyn and was a former member of the musical group Original Rap Staff, died on January 27 from complications related to Covid. He was 47 at the time. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Charles was part of the Haitian rap music industry, singing alongside artists such as Top Adlerman, Worlf Cool MC, Posse X and Top Choocko. Their rap clashes with rival group King Posse were famous for leaving the rhymes on the lips of fans in Haiti and abroad.
Charles’ brother told Vant Bef Info that Charles, also known as Money Honey Mike, contracted pneumonia after contracting Covid. Despite days of life support, he fell into a coma. According to Vant Bef Info, rumors about the rapper’s death have been circulating on social media since January 24.
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Jean Huberman Charles is one of the pioneers of Haitian rap music. He was born in 1969 and raised by his adoptive mother after becoming orphaned at an early age. Around 1988-1989, he started rapping. He was already doing freestyle battles at various entertainment events in schools in the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti in 1991. He even started recording a few tracks for an album in late 1992. Throughout his career, this legend took the band to new heights of appreciation, and his death left everyone heartbroken but filled with enormous admiration for who he was.
We had lost another famous rapper to Covid in 2020. Benedict Okwuchukwa Godwin Chijioke, better known as Ty, was a British rapper who was nominated for a Mercury Prize for his album ‘Upwards’ and died at the age of 47 due to Covid. His press team confirmed the death of the famous rapper. According to a fundraiser set up for him in April, “He was admitted to hospital with medical complications related to Covid. Shortly thereafter he was placed in a medically induced coma to be temporarily put to sleep to help his body to receive the appropriate treatment.”