Nicky Da B, “Express Yourself” vocalist, dead at 24 due to “brief illness”

Nicky Da B

Nicky Da B, of Diplo’s ‘Express Yourself,’ has passed away at 24. The popular New Orleans Bounce artist, whose real name is Nickesse Toney, passed away after suffering from a “brief illness,” according to the artist’s management, who also released the following statement regarding Nicky’s passing:

“It is with heaviness in our hearts today that we confirm the passing of Nicky Da B. Nicky was a beautiful soul and we will always be grateful for his magnetic personality and loving spirit. We were inspired by his talent as much as his tireless optimism, compassion and humility. Our condolences go out to his family at this time.”

Details around Nicky’s death remain scarce, but a multitude of artists have tweeted expressing their sympathy, including “the Queen Diva of New Orleans Bounce,” Big Freedia, and Diplo himself, who confirmed that the two were working on an album for Mad Decent.