On the intro of Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ song, you hear a voice that says ‘“What happened at the New Wildins.” and “Bitch I’m back…by popular demand.” Some of us thought he said “What happened at the New Orleans.”
While most natives of Louisiana were familiar with the man behind the voice, the general public is not..
Meet Messy Mya..
Messy Mya, birth name Anthony M. Barre, 22, was a member of the New Orleans bounce rap scene along with Big Freedia, who also prominently featured in the music video.
Mya with her purple hair and ten-packs-a-day-voice was a Youtube sensation and a magnetic presence in N.O..
He regularly posted short comedic videos commenting on life, dissing those that offended, and dropping a series of catchphrases.
But Messy Mya, who always wanted to be famous, isn’t around to collect any accolades. Mya was murdered in a still-unsolved crime that took place on December 14, 2010 around 8 p.m.
He was killed after leaving his baby shower..
People took photos of his dead body on the ground and informed Twitter of his death even before it hit the news..
The baby boy ended up being born on Mya’s birthday..
Tragically it was noted that the same day of his death, in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, Mya tweeted wondering about the thoughts of a dying person.. (there is so much power in the tongue…)
After his untimely death, the Mya persona went viral and eventually found its way into the Beyoncé video. Mya’s story is a heartbreaking example of the terrible living conditions still prevalent years after Hurricane Katrina bursted in.
Mya was the backbone of New Orleans.. In death Beyonce granted his wish to be famous, by paying tribute to him in her “Formation” video.
For the full details on his death, including the story of a man who was tried for Mya’s murder, released from suspicion, and then retried, check out this story on Fusion.
You can also hear a story of his death below
R.I.P. Messy Mya