Houston News : Rapper and activist Obe Noir involved in fatal shooting in downtown Houston


The body of rapper Obe Noir was identified Monday following a shooting in downtown Houston.

Born Xavier Roberson, the up-and-coming rapper was a former overseas basketball player and community activist.

According to the City of Houston’s report, “Witnesses saw Mr. Roberson running down the street after hearing gunfire in the distance. A vehicle drove around the block as if chasing Roberson and then stopped at the above address. Two unknown males exited the vehicle and fired shots at Roberson, who collapsed in the street.”

Roberson was more widely known as the “Nipsey Hussle of East Texas.” He was well-known throughout the Third Ward and East Texas area for his creative career, entrepreneurship, and community activism. He was from the same housing project as George Floyd and was deeply impacted by his death.

George Floyd and rapper Obe Noir pictured above.


An outpouring of love and support was posted to social media in the aftermath of Roberson’s apparent slaying.

Houston rapper and activist Trae the Truth was among those who mourned the fallen rapper on social media. “Damn ….. Just lost My Niece Lyric Days ago, Now I just got the call bout, you Zay… U ain’t Deserve The way they done You” Truth wroter in an Instagram post.

In addition his rap career and activism, Roberson excelled on the basketball court in international play.

Per ElTiempo.com, Roberson helped lead the Portuguese club Titanes de Barranquilla to a title in their debut season in 2018. He was voted MVP of the championship tournament for his on-court contributions and leadership.

Police continue to look for suspects in Roberson’s death.

in Houston

Source : chron.com