The Richmond, Virginia-bred artist, born Braxton Baker, was a rising voice in hip-hop and also a social media influencer with over 100,000 Instagram followers.
Her mother, Letricia Loftin Russell, announced the tragic news on Thursday. “Our angel, Braxton Blue.B Baker has ascended,” she wrote.
The details surrounding her death remain unclear. “At the time of her ascendance she laid in sacred form,” said her mother. “There were no scratches there were no bruises, her internal and external being was completely pure. It was a spiritual release.”
Brax rose to fame with her 2017 mixtape VERSE(atility) and had a bright future ahead. “Braxton was in spiritual retreat, carefully crafting and curating her art. She has since dedicated her art to humanity and healing, composing two albums and three novels,” said her mother. “Most recently she was in the process of forming her brand merging her loves for fashion, and the work of Black queer revolutionary womxn.”
Her family has vowed to carry out her vision. “This is just the beginning, our whole beings are dedicated to sharing her sacred art with the world,” added her mother.
In a 2018 interview with Svage magazine, Brax spoke about her purpose. “My role is to create art straight from my heart. For I know that art will be pure, poetic, powerful, and healing,” she said. “All I want to do is help the world heal. That’s when things will begin to shift.”
Friends and fans took to Instagram to mourn the loss and send their condolences. “Rest In Peace beautiful,” wrote one, while another added, “Brax was and always will be the trendsetter of Henrico and has touched so many lives.”