Lil Yase — an up-and-coming Bay Area rapper — was shot and killed this weekend in what amounts to a mysterious murder with no explanation thus far … TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Yase tell us … he was, indeed, shot early Saturday morning — and his body was discovered somewhere in the southern section of the East Bay … which is miles away from where he was last seen.
Our sources tell us Yase was hanging out with his crew late Friday night at a recording studio in Marin County — slightly north of San Francisco — and left on his own at one point around 11:30 or midnight, telling his buddies he’d be right back.
We’re told no more than an hour and a half later, word came in that Yase had been shot dead somewhere in the East Bay — which is damn near an hour away by freeway, depending on what part of town you head to down there.
We’re told folks in Yase’s inner circle are dumbfounded — as he had no known enemies and had done nothing they can see leading to something like this. Our sources say Yase might’ve played tough in his music, but in reality … all he was really about was rapping, promoting his label (Highway 420 Productions) and labelmates, and gaming. That’s it … he had no beef with anyone anywhere, we’re told.