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Rapper’s final album set to be released after tragic fall death

Music by Islington hip-hop artist ‘Lxsko’ will be made available on what would have been his 30th birthday

16 November, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Rapper Dean Martin Laskowski – who went by the name Lxsko – with his fiancée Brena Seree Schriber

THE final album of an Islington hip-hop artist who fell to his death is due to be released posthumously this month, to mark his 30th birthday.

Dean Martin Laskowski, known by stage name “Lxsko”, died from his injuries after falling from the roof above his fifth-storey flat on the Packington estate in June.

Last week, a coroner ruled his death was accidental, saying it was likely he had lost his keys and was trying to get into his flat in Ann Street.

To mark what would have been his 30th birthday on November 28, his fiancée, Brena Seree Schriber, said his final album, BXD WOLF, will be released to his fans – known as his “wolfpxck”.

Ms Schriber told the Tribune: “The process of finishing BXD WOLF was difficult for me, solely because of the emotion that came with hearing his voice.

“I had to take some time before I could give the final edits a proper listening to. I was heavily involved with the making of this album, but listening to the songs later proved a difficult task.

Mr Laskowski died after falling from the roof above his fifth-storey flat on the Packington estate

“I am so appreciative of the patience and support I’ve been given from his fans and from everyone who has contributed to making his final album happen.”

She added: “Everyone who hears this last album should expect to be blown away. He poured his heart and soul into these songs, he was very proud and could not wait to release it.”

Mr Laskowski began making music around five years ago and released his first mix tape, Tower Block Dream, in 2014. It was inspired by his difficult youth, being expelled from school and coping in London with no money while supporting his mother, who passed away last year.

On June 9, he had been with a friend before returning to his block of flats. Witnesses told police they saw a man falling from the front of the building shortly after 5am.

The inquest heard evidence from his cousin that Mr Laskowski’s keys were never located.

Senior Coroner Mary Hassell concluded last Thursday: “It seems to me the likely scenario is that Dean lost his keys. He went up the drainpipe thinking he may have left the balcony door open, as he sometimes did for the cats, but when he got there he found it was locked from the inside.”

She added that he then “tried to climb down the other side of the building and at that point he fell to the ground below”.

A doctor said Mr Laskowski had not expressed suicidal thoughts and toxicology probes found no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system.

The BXD WOLF album will be released on the @Lxsko Twitter account.

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