Asap Jexus,
Rapper Marc Daniel, better known as Asap Jexus, poses for a photo next to a bag. Photo via Asap Jexus’ Facebook account


Haitian rapper Asap Jexus was killed in Port-au-Prince in November.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023 — This is a developing story that will be updated as more information comes to light. 

Marc Daniel Cuvier, a rising rapper better known as Asap Jexus, was killed then burned in Port-au-Prince some time over the last week, according to local media reports. 

The death was confirmed by his mother on Radio Television Caraibes.

It is unclear when the rapper was killed, but he had been reported missing since Friday, Nov. 3. His mother told the station that a police officer named “Baby” had picked him up to take her son to a performance at the Dynasty Club in Sarthe, a suburb in Port-au-Prince.

The vehicle that transported the rapper was found on Monday near the National Company of Industrial Parks (SONAPI), partially burned. A body presumed to be the rapper’s was also found, though it is unclear where or how it was identified.

Asap Jexus was best known for “Dodama,” a song that swept through the working-class neighborhoods and the hearts of young people.

Another well-known musician, Relony Michel, was also killed in the past week and his body left in the street, according to media reports.

Michel, best known for performing the Obama song in 2010 at the Digicel Stars competition, was shot dead on Oct. 31 at the corner of Rue Lafleur Ducheine and Rue Magloire Ambroise

His body was still lying on the roadway the following Saturday, a sight so disturbing that residents of the area criticized the authorities for not sending a carrier to remove the body.

Gang violence has been rampant in Port-au-Prince in recent years to the point that no one’s life is spared, not even artists. More than 2,400 people were killed between January and August, according to a United Nations report.

Ralph Delly is an award-winning music and entertainment journalist with extensive experience covering the Haitian Music Industry and the Haitian-American community. He has worked in Haiti and the United States at such media organizations as Radio Metropole, WNWK/107.5 FM, Radio Soleil d’Haïti and The Haitian Time – where he penned the popular “The Delly Dish” gossip column. Dellys has worked with numerous artists in the HMI, including Zin, Lakol, Phantoms, Zenglen, Sokute, Jam, See Well and 509 – to name a few. Delly graduated from Carlos Albizu University of Miami and City College of New York (CUNY)

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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