PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - Friends of a local rapper who was killed on Thursday night are working to keep his music alive.
Cedrick Smith, known as "Ceddy Bu Rap Sumo", died in a car crash.
Cops covered River Road in St. Gabriel shortly after 9 p.m. Investigators said Smith, 24, was a passenger in a Dodge Charger that ran off the road and flipped. His friend, Wilbert Pryer, was driving. He survived but Smith, a rapper from Plaquemine, did not.
"When I saw the car I was like, I wish I could talk to him one more time," Delwin Royal said.
Royal said he grew up with the 650 pound artist known for going shirtless and donning thick gold chains known as "donkey ropes."
"Actually, we were in the studio and he sat down and broke the chair. I thought it was funny, and I've been talking to him ever since."
"Ceddy Bu" quickly became an online sensation rocking websites like worldstarthiphop.com and Youtube. Royal said he and his friend formed a musical group called "America's Most Wanted." While they never had a label, Royal said "Ceddy Bu" was a hit, especially with the ladies.
"He would just come out and dance and he would do a lot of dancing. He had a song called Macho Man. That's the song that put us out there."
As for the complex name behind the big entertainer, Royal said, "it was a childhood name, and a guy named A1 gave him the rap sumo name."
But the local star was more than just a rapper, Royal said he was proud to call him his best friend.
"He kept me smiling. We laugh on the phone. We'd be on the phone like kids every day talking about stuff, laughing, looking at Youtube, and talking about what we are going to do next."
As for what's next for America's Most Wanted, Royal said, the show will go on but "Ceddy Bu" will never be replaced.
"He's the only Ceddy Bu. There's only one."
Louisiana State Police investigators said they believe excessive speed played a role in the crash that killed Smith.
A sample of the driver's blood was taken for analysis.