Pat Stay was known not only for his rapping sk**ls, but also for his close ties to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Today, the hometown he loved has a permanent mural in his image and name.
“The Halifax hip hop scene, with the graffiti and murals to go with it, he was king of it,” said Trackside Studios artist Mike Burt.
“He was world famous. Put our city on the map because it’s a legend.
Stay, 36, was k**led in the early hours of September 4, 2022, after being stabbed in downtown Halifax. The man charged with first degree murder, Adam Joseph Drake, 32, will have his trial begin later this month.
Tributes poured in after Stay’s death – both from across Nova Scotia and the wider music community, with rappers Eminem and Drake among those who offered their condolences.
“It’s kind of a beautiful thing,” her partner Malyssa Burns told PKBNEWS in December 2022. “I’ve never felt so much love from this city.”
A temporary mural was also created in Dartmouth, as his relatives moved to create something more permanent and official in his hometown.
Artists from Trackside Studios, a local studio specializing in graffiti and murals, were invited to work on this tribute.
The Dartmouth Cove mural was officially unveiled on Labor Day weekend among family, friends and fans.
A black-and-white portrait of Stay – with her gaze overhead – now gazes out over Halifax Harbour.
“It’s easy to digest, not much happens. We just wanted to showcase Pat,” Burt said of the design.
“We just wanted to do something for everyone in town, for friends and family. I hope we have succeeded.
— with a file by Alex Cooke of PKBNEWS
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