Rising Henrico rapper dies at 21-years-old

Braxton ‘Brax’ Baker graduated from Henrico’s Center for the Arts

Rising Henrico rapper dies at 21

HENRICO Co., Va. (WWBT) - Many people in the entertainment industry are mourning the loss of a rising rapper from metro Richmond.

Braxton Baker, who was known as Brax in her career, graduated from the Center for the Arts in Henrico County in 2016.

Director Dr. Stephanie Poxon said Baker was filled with passion that helped drive her success she was seeing before she passed Nov. 2 at the age of 21.

“She could dance-off against Beyonce, that just how much energy [she had], how much she was driven; how much she wanted to do this,” Poxon added.

Braxton Baker graduated from Henrico's Center for the Arts in 2016. She was team captain of the dance team.
Braxton Baker graduated from Henrico's Center for the Arts in 2016. She was team captain of the dance team. (Source: NBC12)

Poxon got to know Baker personally over the years at Henrico County Public Schools' Center for the Arts.

“Just so full of life [and] vivacious as Braxton was, she had aspirations of becoming famous,” Poxon said.

Braxton was well on her way. Brax, as she was known, found success in rapping.

According to Essence, who was first to report her death, Baker rose to fame in 2017 after she shared a music project titled VERSE(atility).

However, the 21-year-old also infused her talents of dancing into the mix.

“I do think the dance was her strength and certainly what she showcased while she was here,” Poxon said.

Fashion was another passion for Baker. She was named “best dressed” her senior year, and her Instagram page is filled with various professional modeling photographs.

Many people in the entertainment industry have also called her a ‘social media influencer’ with more than 113,000 followers.

“Her legacy just lives on here at the school,” Poxon said. “Through all the dancers and all other artists she had connections with, networks with. It is a sad loss for our community.”

Brax’s mother, Letricia Loftin Russell, posted on social media Friday stating in part, "Braxton knew that God was working through her, she had “vessel” and “gifted” permanently placed on her body. She knew that her brilliance and art would be shared with the world in God’s timing."

Russell went on to say her daughter had recently been crafting and curating her art.

“She has since dedicated her art to humanity and healing, composing two albums and three novels,” she wrote. “Most recently she was in the process of forming her brand merging her loves for fashion, and the work of Black queer revolutionary womxn.”

“There’s been a lot of outpour of support on Facebook, the social medias, especially from current students, alumni students and alumni parents that I’ve seen,” Poxon said. “Just expressing the sadness of losing such a promising talent.”

Baker’s cause of death has not been released to the public.

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