Young Shreveport rapper makes song and music video for dead friends


An 11-year-old boy from Shreveport has dedicated a moving song to friends he’s lost to gun violence and tragedy in a city known for its high crime rate.

Rayvon Webber, better known as Ray Da Yungin, suffered two devastating losses in a short time; two young boys friends, classmates and teammates who died tragically.

One of the victims was schoolmate and STING football teammate Xavier Perry, who was shot and killed along with his mother and uncle in a triple homicide in early November. Police believe it was a domestic violence incident.

He lost another teammate in early October when Oxford Foster, a student at Keithville Middle School, was killed in a car accident outside Dallas.

Rayvon Webber, better known as Ray Da Yungin, suffered two devastating losses in a short time;  two young boys friends, classmates and teammates who died tragically.

“I wanted to do it to express my feelings. When I heard the news, I was just shocked, I couldn’t even say anything,” Yungin said. “When I was doing the song, I cried, because it was sad to hear.”

The young rapper started his career at the age of 8 when his older sister got interested in music and singing and he wanted to try. His father, Marquis Jackson, is a music producer and leads his son’s career. Jackson hopes encouraging his son to channel his emotions into music gives Yungin hope that things can get better.

Yungin released a music video on December 9 to accompany the song, which is about young lives taken too soon. The music video features Yungin’s teammates in full football uniforms paying tribute to their fallen friends.

Rayvon Webber, better known as Ray Da Yungin, suffered two devastating losses in a short time;  two young boys friends, classmates and teammates who died tragically.

“It was a fun experience,” Yungin said while filming the music video. “I still love doing them and it’s always a fun experience to go out and make videos with my family and friends.”

Yungin is having a lot of fun recording and also has no intention of stopping after that. In fact, he already has a full album called “UnderRayted”. which will be released on January 15, 2022.

You can follow Ray Da Yungin on Facebook.

Rayvon Webber, better known as Ray Da Yungin, suffered two devastating losses in a short time;  two young boys who were friends, classmates and teammates who both died tragically.

Meredith G. White is an arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find it on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at [email protected]

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