Booga's last beats

Another Syracuse gangsta rapper is dead.

Tramarra Harrell, a.k.a. Booga, was apparently stabbed to death during a closing-time altercation Dec. 29, at The Wet Spot, 950 Spencer St.

Harrell, 24, had reportedly performed some of his original hip-hop songs there on Friday Dec. 28.

He was the city's 21st murder victim of 2007. The previous year saw 14 slayings.

As of late Sunday night, Dec. 30, Syracuse Police investigators still had no suspects and no known motive.

Among Harrell's survivors are his three children.

Kaz-Lethal headlined

A show hosted by G-Rollin Studio had been advertised for Dec. 28 at The Wet Spot, a relatively new bar and restaurant specializing in tropical drinks and Caribbean fare, such as jerk chicken and coconut shrimp. The Spot presented live music most Friday and Saturday nights.

G-Rollin Studio is a multi-faceted shop at 1918 South Ave., which offers recording services, as well as sales of hip-hop-style clothing and accessories.

The Dec. 28 performances featured special guest Kaz-Lethal, plus Lino Cordova, Electric Relaxation and Shameka B-Day, along with music by DJ M.U., according to online ads.

It wasn't clear whether Harrell performed with one of those acts or as a solo open-mic performer. Four other Wet Spot patrons were slightly injured in the 2 a.m. melee. They were treated at University Hospital and released.

Unlike many gangsta rappers whose lyrics glorify misogyny, drug use and violence, Booga's music stressed positive messages, according to his friends.

An earlier murder

On the other hand, police pointed out that the stabbing victim had several previous brushes with the law including one on Dec. 10 when he failed to fully cooperate during a murder investigation.

Nineteen days before his murder, Harrell was charged with felony hindering prosecution following the Nov. 26 gunshot death of 28-year-old DuUwezo Ross.

Courtney J. Saunders, 21, was charged with murder and weapons possession after he allegedly shot Ross in the back outside a South Geddes Street store on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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