Rapper and social-media influencer Braxton ‘Brax’ Baker dead at 21

Rapper Braxton “Brax” Baker has passed away. She was 21.

The Richmond, Virginia-born artist and social-media influencer is known for her 2017 mixtape “VERSE(atility).”

Her mother, Letricia Loftin Russell, posted to Instagram about the sad news on Thursday. “Our angel, Braxton Blue.B Baker has ascended,” Russell wrote. “It was a spiritual release. God retrieved the angel He loaned us.” She didn’t say what her daughter’s cause of death was, only that “There were no scratches there were no bruises, her internal and external being was completely pure.”

Russell went on to say that Braxton had been “in spiritual retreat, carefully crafting and curating her art,” including two albums and three novels, which she has dedicated “to humanity and healing.”

Most recently, Brax had been evolving her brand by merging her love of fashion and “Black queer revolutionary womxn,” Russell wrote.

Other collaborators also took to social media to mourn the young creator.

“Until we meet again, RIP Brax,” wrote makeup artist Scott Osbourne Jr. in an Instagram post about Brax and her passing. “Man the work you created, and the work we created together will live on forever!”

In a 2018 interview with SVGE Magazine, Brax discussed the years she’d already spent building her brand, her deep religious values, embracing the power of her creativity and her love of affirmations.

“I have been using my creativity to build a unique brand for years. I’ve been directing my own shoots, directing my own videos, styling myself, writing poetry, writing articles, writing raps, choreographing dances, styling myself, and styling others like it was nothing for years,” she told the publication. “Now that I’ve embraced that power, I don’t think the world is ready.”

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