Emcee Abay Lattin, stage name Carnegie, and an unnamed motorcyclist died following a Car accident about 3:15 a.m. Carnegie is part of the rising hip-hop duo Silver Medallion.
Lattin and his driver had just left Del Taco and were eastbound on University Drive when an SUV exiting The Quadrangles apartment complex, 1255 E. University Drive, collided with Lattin’s car.
According to witnesses, a motorcyclist crashed into the wreckage shortly after the previous accident occurred and just before police and paramedics arrived on scene, Tempe police said.
Lattin, 25, was pronounced dead on site. The motorcyclist was later pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said.
The drivers and SUV passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries at the scene and at area hospitals.
Police said the driver of the SUV is under investigation for drinking and driving.
The crash ended the life and career of a promising musician.
Silver Medallion made its start in Scottsdale but just a few months ago had moved to Brooklyn, said Lattin’s partner Oren J. Schauble, stage name Oren J.
Lattin grew up in Arizona. “He was just an amazing guy and artist,” Schuable said. “He dedicated himself completely to music.”
The pair met about three years ago in Scottsdale and soon after formed Silver Medallion, known for its fresh sound of blending different types of music including dance, contemporary, hip-hop and electronica.
“It is something very 2010,” Schauble said.
The group had started to break onto the national pop scene.
The duo had been on an East Coast tour but recently returned to Arizona to perform Thursday at the N9NE Fest in Tucson; they also performed Friday at Scottsdale’s Hotel Theodore, Schauble said.
Silver Medallion’s Saturday concert was canceled, but a concert Sunday at Scottsdale’s Martini Ranch will be turned into a tribute, Schauble said.
Schauble said he and friends spent Saturday sharing stories and remembering Lattin’s jokes. “It brought some smiles to an otherwise dark day,” he said.