Yolanda “La La” Brown burst onto the music scene in Milwaukee, Wis., in 2006, seemingly on her way to the stardom she’d aspired to her entire life. She’d recorded a single that cracked Billboard’s Urban Top 10 and started collaborating with local producer Je ‘Taunne “Kool-Aid” Clayborn.
"She'd make up her own thing -- write her music, just like that,” La La’s mother Maria said. “She just had a beautiful voice.”
Kool-Aid also had local buzz surrounding his work and had come far in his quest for success, building his own studio – Loud Enuff Productions.
"That's all he lived for. Music was his life,” V100 disc jockey Reggie Brown said. “He always talked about new keyboards and equipment. Very talented young man.”
La La and Kool-Aid started working together in 2007, and the working relationship turned into a romantic one over that summer. La La moved the studio Kool-Aid called home, and they spent their days recording music and working on making record industry contacts. By the fall, they were ready to shop their product around, including a song titled “I’m Gonna Give ‘Em What They Want.” Unfortunately, the talented couple wouldn’t get a chance to show off their work.
In mid-October, their families grew concerned after no one had heard from either musician for days. Kool-Aid’s brother, Anthony, went to check on them and found their decomposing bodies in the bedroom above the studio Oct. 19, 2007.
Their families have no idea why anyone would want to hurt them.
Burglaries And Death Threats
Yolanda "La La" Brown was an aspiring musician whose career seemed like it was about to take off before she was found murdered on Oct. 19, 2007.
Kool-Aid’s studio had been burglarized the Sunday before the murders, and the police report he filed stated around $10,000 in records equipment was taken. Milwaukee cops aren’t sure the two incidents are connected, but they aren’t ruling anything out with so little go to on at this point.
One fact does stick out: La La was apparently getting death threats three days before she was murdered. Her hairdresser, Marshall Duke, told AMW the couple came into his salon the Saturday before they were murdered, and La La had confided in him. She didn’t tell Marshall who was making the threats, however.
The murders have been a hot topic on the Web and in the music world, but the investigation has stalled. Police have named several suspects related to debts or petty beefs with Kool-Aid, but they don’t have anything solid to make an indictment.
Homicide detectives with the Milwaukee Police Department hope someone out there will help bring justice to the families of Yolanda “La La” Brown and Je ‘Taunne “Kool-Aid” Clayborn – especially for the children they left behind.
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