Another tragic loss
Not even a month since the tragic shooting that ended in the death of 30-year-old rapper PnB Rock, and the hip hop community is mourning another loss.
Within a week, a popular Dallas rapper, BFG Straap, was reported shot to death in his hometown at the age of 22. Not even 48 hours later, Lil Uzi artist Lotta Cash Desto was reported shot to death in Houston.
Roddy Rich speaks
“LA! Usually I try to mind my own business and let the world go by, but we have to do better. It’s too much senseless violence. Too much opportunity and motivation to take things other people work hard for. It’s too much.” life to take someone else’s life, Roddy wrote on his Instagram story.”I love my city but we can’t keep going out like this. Before you know it, there will be no one left to take or kill.
The rapper is also known for his song ‘Die Young’, which he recently performed at the Something In The Water Festival in June. As a montage of deceased rappers plays behind him, Roddy sings the lyrics:
“I have to keep it in me, I don’t want to die young. I prefer to be judged by twelve and then carried away by six. I’m going to post my bail, just look at my wrist. Tell me why do legends always have to die fast?
Roddy Ricch is not the only person to echo these sentiments. The culture has seen rap “OGs” like Gillie and Wallo from Million Dollars Worth a Game speaking with young rappers just weeks before a tragic incident occurs.
Leading hip hop figures like Dj Envy, Nicki Minaj, and Joe Budden have suggested to younger artists to stop posting their location, get protection for their jewelry, or stop insulting their “opps” in songs.
But the question arises… is there a solution?
The rappers who died this month now join the list of young stars who did not make it past twenty due to violence:
POP SMOKE (20)
The Brooklyn Drill rapper was shot and killed during a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills on February 19, 2020. The rapper was 20 years old at the time. He is considered a pioneer of the Brooklyn drill sound and is known for his smash hits ‘Welcome To The Party’ and ‘Dior’. His posthumous album ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts.
KING VON (26)
The 26-year-old Chicago rapper was fatally shot on November 6, 2020 outside an Atlanta hookah lounge. Von is known for his association with rapper “Lil Durk” as well as the single “Crazy Story”.
XXXTentaction was shot and killed on June 18, 2018, in a reported robbery after leaving a motorsports store in Florida. The 20-year-old rapper was wildly popular at the time of his death and rose to fame after his song ‘Look at Me’ went viral on social media in 2016. XXXTentacion appeared at the 2017 XXL freshman class and his album debut’? ‘ was #1 when it was released. At the time, he was awaiting trial for a domestic violence incident involving his pregnant girlfriend.
FBG DUCK (26)
FBG Duck, a popular Chicago rapper, was reportedly killed in broad daylight while shopping in a busy area of Chicago.
Dallas rapper Mo3 is dead after being shot on a Texas interstate highway. Mo3 is most famous for his collaborations with Boosie and rapper Kevin Gates. He was 28 years old.
Popular Louisianan rapper JayDaYoungan was shot to death outside his home in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The rapper found success when he signed with Atlanta Records. He has worked with artists like Latto, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk and Boosie.
DRAKEO THE RULER (28)
Los Angeles rapper Drakeo The Ruler was stabbed to death on December 19, 2021 at a Los Angeles music festival. Drake was influential in his hometown and known for his song with Drake.