On January 21st, Oscada, Michigan rappers Armani Kelly, Dante Wicker, and Montoya Givens drove to Detroit to perform at Lounge 31. However, the event was canceled due to technical issues. It is unclear if the three missing rappers ever arrived at the venue. Since that date, Kelly, Wicker, and Givens have been missing. Their phones have not shown any activity since the night of the canceled performance. The car Kelly was driving was found in Warren, Michigan with no clues as to where the three men might be.
The Detroit Police Department, along with police departments in Warren, Oscoda, and Melvindale, are investigating the case. In a press conference on Monday, Commander Michael McGinnis of the Detroit Police commented on the unusual circumstances. “When you’re dealing with an adult that’s missing, it’s usually one person.”
Kelly’s fiancée, Taylor Perrin, said she last spoke with Kelly (stage name Marley Whoop) at 5 p.m. on Jan. 21 and became worried when her messages stopped delivering later that night. The next day, Perrin reported Kelly missing to his mother and friends. Kelly’s car was recovered in Warren on Jan. 23.
The authorities have turned to the community for help, asking that anyone with any information on the disappearance contact the police immediately.
Perrin shared that Kelly had been moving his life forward after serving 8 years in prison for armed robbery. The couple had been planning their wedding, and Kelly was taking classes at a trade school and pursuing his rap career.
“We just have a whole lot of unanswered questions that we’re trying to find out, finding answers for, so we can find these victims — or these individuals, and we don’t know that they’re victims,” McGinnis stated. “We want to find them and get them home to their loved ones.“
The public can submit any information anonymously regarding the missing rappers by calling 1-800-SPEAK-UP.