Sacramento rapper Bris shot dead at 24
Rising Sacramento rapper Bris (real name Christopher Treadwell) was shot dead on Sunday (6/21), Pitchfork reports. He was 24.
According to the Sacramento Police Department's news release:
On June 21, 2020 at approximately 12:42 a.m., Sacramento Police Department patrol officers responded to a report of shots fired that had occurred in the area of Franklin Boulevard and Fruitridge Road. Officers arrived on scene and located a male adult who had sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene. Officers also determined that there was a related solo vehicle collision that had occurred prior to the shooting.
Bris' most recent full-length project was last year's 10:42, a collaboration with G-Man. He had just released the new single "Need Hammy" just days before his untimely death. Pitchfork also reports that Bris had been arrested in late 2019 and released earlier this year.
Longtime hip hop blogger Jeff Weiss (Passion of the Weiss) wrote, "RIP Bris. The Emu. Sactown's best talent since Mozzy. The potential to be an all-time West Coast great, but cut down way too soon. Reminds me of Jimmy Wopo & Pop Smoke -- artists about to define an entire region only to be killed before they had the chance. So unbelievably sad."
He continued, "Bris had just gotten out and was killing every beat. He had that slippery, nonchalant, stutter-stop flow. Effortless and smooth, creating a new lingo. The rate of loss in this era is tragic. Rappers dying before they have the chance to really get on or have the moment in the sun that they deserve. What a doomed generation. RIP Bris. What a talent. We won't even know how much we missed."
He then added, "My favorite rappers of the last four years are dead or in jail: Drakeo and Greedo, Pop Smoke and Bris. What an American nightmare."
Alternative rap group clipping. also paid tribute to Bris, writing, "RIP Bris. Panhandling was one of my favorite songs last year. He could’ve been one of the greats. Still so sick of rappers dying."
Rest in peace, Bris.