Rapper Braxton “Brax” Baker, known widely on social media, has passed away at the age of 21.
via Page Six:
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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Our angel, Braxton Blue.B Baker has ascended. At the time of her ascendance she laid in sacred form. There were no scratches there were no bruises, her internal and external being was completely pure. It was a spiritual release. God retrieved the angel He loaned us. Braxton was in spiritual retreat, carefully crafting and curating her art. She has since dedicated her art to humanity and healing, composing two albums and three novels. Most recently she was in the process of forming her brand merging her loves for fashion, and the work of Black queer revolutionary womxn. Braxton knew that God was working through her, she had “vessel” and “gifted” permanently placed on her body. She knew that her brilliance and art would be shared with the world in God’s timing. This is just the beginning, our whole beings are dedicated to sharing her sacred art with the world. Braxton emphasized, “I’m just delivering God’s message, I’m here and it’s all beyond me. My purpose is way way far greater than me.” ***We do not own the rights to this music*** but the art that is coming is a gift to the world.