Dartmouth, Nova Scotia rapper Pat Stay was in a rap battle at Drake's 'Til Death Do Us Part' event in Long Beach , Calif. on October 30, 2021.
Halifax Regional Police are investigating the suspicious death of internationally acclaimed rapper Pat Stay. The 36-year-old was stabbed on the city's waterfront overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
City police say they received a call around 12:30 a.m. Sunday that an individual at 1600 Lower Water Street was armed with a knife.
To them arriving at the scene, the police found a man, seriously injured by a knife.
On Sunday morning, police were blockading the section of downtown where the attack took place.
The victim was taken to hospital. The man died there of his injuries.
Halifax Regional Police did not release the identity of the victim, but Peter Stay confirmed to the CBC network Sunday morning that the deceased was his brother Pat Stay, a hip hop artist from Dartmouth, Halifax.
The Halifax-area artist had earned an enviable reputation for the rap battles in which he shone. In hip hop culture, rap battles are oral contests in front of an audience where rappers exchange spontaneous words, mostly improvised in a free style, which must be as incisive and inventive as possible.
Pat Stay was a four-time winner of the prestigious King of the Dot competition, which attracts artists from several countries to Toronto.
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On September 2, Pat Stay posted a new recording on YouTube, featuring the classic Stan from one of the masters of rap battles, Eminem, where the Nova Scotian took on American rapper The Game.
In the video, he incorporates an interview clip with Drake, who describes Pat Stay as one of the best in rap battles.
By the time news of Pat Stay's passing broke on Sunday morning, the video had already been viewed over 50,000 times.
Rapper Pat Stay (center and front of stage), from Dartmouth in Nova Scotia, takes on Real Sikh (left) in a rap battle hosted by Drake in Long Beach, Calif. on October 30, 2021.
The Nova Scotia Police Department Halifax is asking any member of the public with information about the circumstances of Pat Stay's death to contact her at 902-490-5020.
With information fromRichard Woodbury, CBC, and The Canadian Press