An Opa-locka rapper known as Toro was shot dead in a drive-by shooting early Saturday in North Miami-Dade.
Derek Johnson, 23, was with another man inside their car on Northwest 119th Street and Sixth Avenue about 4 a.m. when a silver sedan passed by.
From inside the sedan, Miami-Dade police say, bullets sprayed the two, killing Johnson and leaving his companion with a minor wound. Detectives did not have a description of the shooter.
Johnson was gunned down near Coco's, a popular strip club.
The rapper was featured on the song Ride with local hip-hop star Rick Ross.
On his Myspace.com page, Johnson touts himself as the ''best n---a breathin!'' and names notorious North Miami-Dade gangs such as the John Does, Boobie Boys and Zoe Pound.
''I'm not influenced by rappers I'm influenced by gangsters,'' he wrote on his Myspace page, which, by early evening Saturday, was filled with messages of condolences from his friends.
Johnson and his sister were raised in Opa-locka by their grandmother, Addie Baldwin.
''I'm in a state of shock,'' Baldwin said. ``He was easy going, everybody loved him -- we thought.''