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LISTEN: Rapper Merkules from Surrey pays respect to Pat Stay, who was killed in Halifax, in song.

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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Rapper Merkules, who was raised in Surrey, swiftly recorded a song in memory of Pat Stay, another rapper, who was killed in Halifax on Sunday (Sept. 4).

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A short while later, "Merk," a YouTube user, uploaded the song "Pat Stay Forever (Rest In Peace)."

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Merkules said to his 1.1 million Facebook fans, "With the unexpected demise of my brother Pat Stay, it only felt fitting to record a tribute song in his honour and gift all the revenues to his family."

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With a chorus by Justin Cohen, a beat by C Lance, a mix and master by Nato, and artwork by Jason Hutton, Merkules recorded and shared the tribute song.

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Battle rapping, which entails exchanging jabs and insults in front of an audience, was popular in Stay.

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Merkules shared a photo of the two on social media shortly after word of Stay's passing emerged.

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We talked all day yesterday, so why was it that abruptly you were taken away from us? In a post on Facebook, Merkules. 

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How is it possible that your lovely children lost their father for no reason? Why is the nicest man in the world no longer with us? I'm broken, mad, upset, confused, and I love you, Pat. Nothing about this makes sense.

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Merkules was born Cole Stevenson and raised in Surrey's Green Timbers neighbourhood. He is now renowned all over the world for his rapping abilities.

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