Janoris Jenkins and Roosevelt Rene weren’t just friends. They were musical collaborators seemingly excited about building each other’s careers in the industry together.
In March, the Giants corner and the music producer both promoted the release of a single hip-hop track entitled “Hood Jumpin” with Jenkins rapping under the M.C. name “Rabbit” and Rene producing under his D.J. name, “Trypps Beatz.”
Rene, found dead Tuesday morning at the age of 25 in the basement of Jenkins’ Fair Lawn, N.J. home, posted a short music video of the song on his Instagram page featuring Jenkins.
Rene posted another photo of himself sitting next to Jenkins with the comment “Ayy rabbit we finna be dripping for #hoodjumping Brahh !!” Jenkins retweeted Rene’s promotion of the video and new track on the Giants player’s Twitter account.
And Jenkins’ single, available on both Apple Music and Spotify, also has some impressive cover art: an illustration of Jenkins, nickname Jackrabbit, with his hands out holding two project buildings with the moon shining bright behind.
New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins
New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Janoris Jenkins #20 and Avery Moss #91 of the New York Giants in action against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 19, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Chiefs 12-9 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 29: New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) talks to the media after 2017 New York Giants training camp on July 29, 2017, at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 23: Cornerback Janoris Jenkins #20 of the New York Giants reacts after a play in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 23, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers on October 8, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 23: 'You won't catch me' New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) passes Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) on his way to a touchdown after an interception during a NFL game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants, on November 23, 2017, at Fedex Field, in Landover, Maryland.
The Redskins defeated the Giants 20-10.
(Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys has words with Janoris Jenkins #20 of the New York Giants in the first half of a game at AT&T Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Janoris Jenkins and his son attend Milwaukee Bucks vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on January 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 09: Janoris Jenkins #20 of the New York Giants plays cornerback in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 9, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21: Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams reacts after missing an interception against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 13: Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams warms up prior to a game against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on September 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 08: Cornerback Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams reacts after making a defensive stop against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 22: Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams breaks up a pass intended for Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which was eventually called a pass interference penalty in the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 22, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this reception against the Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams at Georgia Dome on September 15, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25: Cornerback Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams reacts after returning a 36 yard touchdown interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 31-17. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama competes during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01: Mardy Gilyard #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats is tackled by Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Rene lists several other tracks on his personal website, including one entitled Hustle + Muscle with Jamaica, Queens-born rapper Keezy KG Gramz. Gramz was clearly crushed by his Facebook post on Tuesday: “I don’t even know what to say right … heart is too heavy.”
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office is investigating Rene’s death as a homicide, and police are developing a theory that strangulation or suffocation was the cause of death, per NFL Network.
Authorities would not say if Jenkins, 29, is a suspect, but it is believed he’s been in Florida for the last few weeks since attending the team’s mandatory minicamp in East Rutherford that ended June 14.
ESPN reported Wednesday morning that there is a “person of interest”’ that investigators are waiting interview pending the results of the medical examiner’s report. ESPN added that a source described Rene’s cause of death as “highly suspicious,” but ESPN also reported that multiple sources who have connected directly with Jenkins said the Giants corner is “good” and “okay” and “waiting for the legal process to play out.”
The Giants said late Tuesday in an official statement: “We are aware of and monitoring the situation.” And the team had nothing to add to that statement as of Wednesday morning.