Rapper Yo Gotti, born Mario Mims, burst onto the music scene in the early 2000s and has since become a heavy-hitter in the hip-hop industry.
From street anthems to introspective tracks, Gotti garnered widespread acclaim for his lyrical versatility. Albums like Back 2 da Basics and The Art of Hustle showcase Gotti’s ability to cross generations, as his career spans more than two decades.
Outside of music, Gotti is a devoted father and family man. He was raised with his siblings in the Frayser neighborhood in Memphis, where his love for music was born.
Unfortunately, gun violence in the city claimed Gotti’s brother’s life in early 2024. According to Page Six, the rapper’s brother, Anthony “Big Jook” Mims, was shot and killed outside of a Memphis restaurant on January 14.
Let’s examine the details surrounding Big Jook’s murder, the conspiracies surrounding the incident, and how this death will impact the Mims family.
What happened to Yo Gotti’s brother?
On January 14, Fox 13 News received reports of a shooting outside the city’s popular Perignons Restaurant and Event Center. Shortly after, law enforcement sources confirmed that Yo Gotti’s brother, Big Jook, was killed in the incident.
Officers believe that Big Jook, who was 47 years old at the time of the shooting, was targeted by the assailants. Another man, who was not identified at the time, was also injured during the incident and was left in critical condition.
“Right now, we do have video that we are analyzing, but we don’t have a clear suspect identified at this time,” Deputy Chief Paul Wright Jr. said at a press conference. “But we know that a weapon was used, a firearm was used in this incident.”
Officers have also revealed that Big Jook was attending a repast at the time of the shooting, honoring the life of a loved one named Eric Eugene Bovan.
Left to mourn Big Jook’s death are Gotti, his mother Geraldine Mims, and his sister Robin Mims. Geraldine and Robin are the co-managers of Prive restaurant in Memphis, which is located close to where Big Jook was killed.
As of this writing, the family has not publicly addressed Big Jook’s passing.
Was Big Jook's death linked to CMG's beef with Young Dolph?
Officers also responded to speculation that Big Jook’s killing was linked to the murder of Young Dolph – which took place in the same neighborhood. However, officers were hesitant to draw a connection between the two cases.
Some netizens questioned the link between Dolph and Jook's death after PRE artist Snupe Bandz dropped a controversial seemingly taunting the Mims family after Jook's death.
“This is preliminary, so we haven’t developed a connection to that at this time,” Wright said. “We do feel like the individual that was shot was possibly targeted by the suspect.”
While witnesses claimed that the two parties were firing at each other, officers revealed that there was no evidence to suggest that Big Jook was firing back at the shooter. Law enforcement officials have also asked citizens to refrain from posting images of the victim online – as several clips have begun to circulate on X.