Authorities say the torched body of up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper Kampane was found Tuesday in the back of a sports utility vehicle that was parked on a suburban New Jersey street.
The remains of the performer, whose real name is Rhian Stoute, were so charred that it took medical examiners most of Tuesday to identify him, according to the Bergen County prosecutor's office. Kampane, had been shot at least once before his body was burned.
The 33-year-olds corpse was discovered at around 8 a.m. crammed inside the back of a black Chevy Tahoe with New York license plates that was parked in a Paramus neighborhood. Although police have no information as to the nature and location of where the death occurred, Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said authorities believe Kampane was killed elsewhere and then abandoned in Paramus.
According to his website, Kampane was born and raised in Flatbush and was currently promoting his new single, "What You Drinking On."
Those who knew the lyricist said he was a hard worker and determined to make a name for himself in the music industry.
"He brought everyone's energy up," Russell Jackson, the victim's cousin, told the New York Daily News. "He was ambitious. He was taking all the steps necessary to break out in the music business."