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Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered
Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered.
A 2015 study concluded that murder was the cause of 51.5% of U.S. hip hop musician deaths. The study noted that this figure refers primarily to premature deaths as most hip hop musicians have not yet lived long enough to fall into the highest-risk ages for heart- and liver-related illnesses.

The following is a list of notable hip hop musicians who have been murdered.
Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered.

Pop Smoke

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 15: Rapper Pop Smoke, wearing a blue Off-White coat, is seen outside the Off-White show during the Paris Fashion Week – Menswear F/W 2020-2021 on January 15, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images)

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered
On February 19th, Brooklyn rapper Bashar Barakah Jackson, better known as Pop Smoke, was pronounced dead at a hospital in West Hollywood. He was 20 years old. 

Rolling Stone, among others, reported that this was a murder which occurred during a home invasion by two masked gunmen. Police were called to the home at 4:20 that morning but the gunmen were not caught and law enforcement has not publicly identified possible suspects.

In response to the death, there has been an outpouring of support online from both fans and fellow industry members, with rappers such as Nick Minaj writing, “Rest In Peace, Pop,” and Republic Records releasing the statement, “Our prayers and thoughts go out to his famizly, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together.”

Age:20
Birthplace:Brooklyn, New York

Xxxtentacion

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

Rapper XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot and killed on June 18, 2018. The 20-year-old rapper was shopping for motorcycles in South Florida when eyewitnesses claimed a gunman came up to his car and shot him. He “appeared lifeless with no pulse,” and TMZ reported he was taken to the hospital as a Level 1 trauma patient.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed Onfroy was declared dead at a nearby hospital. 

Onfroy made headlines in early 2018 for allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend. His last album, ?, dropped in March 2018 and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
Age:Dec. at 20 (1998-2018)
Birthplace:Plantation, Florida, USA

Nipsey Hussle

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 07: Nipsey Hussle hosts a Party at Gold Room on April 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)


Nipsey Hussle was shot in front of his store, The Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles, on March 31, 2019. The rapper died later that day from his injuries. He was 33.
Age: Dec. at 33 (1985-2019)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

The Notorious B.I.G

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

Notorious B.I.G. 1995 (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)

The Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, died on March 9, 1997, at age 24, after being shot in an SUV in Los Angeles. 
Age: Dec. at 24 (1972-1997)
Birthplace: Clinton Hill, New York City, New York, USA

Tupac Shakur

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996, at age 25, after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas a few days earlier.
Age: Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)
Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, USA


Jimmy Wopo

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

On June 18, 2018, 21-year-old rapper Jimmy Wopo – born Travon Smart – was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh, PA. Another person was with Wopo and was transported to the local hospital in stable condition. The Pittsburgh Police released an official statement regarding the incident:

At approximately, 4:22 pm officers arrived in the 2400 block of Wylie Avenue for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers observed two males suffering from gunshot wounds inside a vehicle in the middle of the street.

The vehicle was struck several times. Initial reports indicate this was an isolated incident. Both victims were transported to the hospital. One victim was transported in critical condition and later died at the hospital.

The other victim was transported in stable condition. There are no other reported injuries and no reports of damage to any nearby property.

Wopo’s manager, Taylor Maglin, confirmed the death on Facebook and lamented the loss of his friend:

I lost my brother today and it’s the worst feeling in the world. He was destined for greatness and he wanted the best for his friends, family, and community. We lost a great person today, but just know I will do everything in my power to make his memory live on forever. Love you bro. #LongLiveWopo.

Wopo became popular after his 2016 single “Elm Street” blew up on social media. 
Age: Dec. at 21 (1997-2018)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Jam Master Jay

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

Jason Mizell, AKA Jam Master Jay, died on October 30, 2002, at age 37, after being shot in a recording studio in Queens.
Age: Dec. at 37 (1965-2002)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Proof
Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

Proof died on April 11, 2006, at age 32, after being shot multiple times in Detroit.
Age: Dec. at 32 (1973-2006)
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Lil snupe

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered

Lil Snupe was a young artist singed to Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers imprint. Unfortunately, he was gunned down in an act of utterly senseless gun violence at the age of 18 by a “friend” nearly twice his age.

Throughout his all-too-brief career, the Louisiana native released only one mixtape, titled R.N.I.C., having collaborated with Trae Tha Truth, DJ Khaled, Twinn U, Jay Knoxx, Tay, Curren$y, Bigg Poppa and Meek Mill, of course. His legacy will live on in the music he was able to create before his untimely passing. May he rest in peace. 

Top American Rappers Who Were Murdered.

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