Slaying victim ID'd as rapper Jimme Wallstreet

James Davis 4th performed as Jimme Wallstreet.
James Davis 4th performed as Jimme Wallstreet.
Posted: June 23, 2013

When the Philadelphia rapper Jimme Wallstreet learned Thursday morning of the shooting death of a Louisiana rapper, Lil Snupe, he posted a tribute on his Instagram account.

That afternoon, Wallstreet was fatally shot on the steps of his mother's house in the East Germantown section.

Police said James Davis 4th - Wallstreet's real name - was shot in the groin at 12:47 p.m. in the 900 block of East Church Lane.

At 1:25 p.m., he was pronounced dead at Einstein Medical Center, where he was born 34 years ago.

Wallstreet and Lil Snupe, born Addarren Ross, were associates of the Philadelphia rap star Meek Mill. Meek Mill tweeted Thursday, "#ripwallstreet today just was a bad day!"

Erma Davis, 57, said she was at work at Family Court in Center City when a neighbor called to say her son had been shot.

"He comes from a long line of hardworking people," said his father, Jim Davis 3d, 59, of Downingtown, who owns a catering business in West Chester.

The younger Davis began to pursue his music dreams about a decade ago.

"He worked 10 years to make that name [Jimme Wallstreet] a brand," his father said.

Wallstreet recently released an album with the Trenton rapper Big Ooh! called Twin Towers.

Although Wallstreet's words embraced the hard-core aspects of rap culture and street life, his father said he was different in real life.

"He wasn't a gangster. That wasn't his life," his father said. "He liked to make people laugh."

Allison Davis, 25, one of Wallstreet's four sisters, said "Jim Jim," as his family knew him, wanted to leave Philadelphia, "but he didn't want to leave his mom."

He had more than 6,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 19,000 on Instagram.

On Instagram on Wednesday, he had quoted Jimi Hendrix: "I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."


Contact Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com, or follow @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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