DEAD RAPPERS- Maya Streat & Destiny Pritchett

In the past decade there has been an increase in the amount rappers hitting the scene and with that comes an increase of deaths. New/up-and-coming rappers have been dying at an alarming rate over the past decade majority being under the age of 30, because of substance abuse and violence.

Many rappers have died as a result of substance abuse, with a great deal of them suffering from mental health issues. In addition to drug overdose, countless young hip-hop artist have died from gun violence.

Some would argue that these untimely deaths are due to the current state of rap music and the culture surrounding it. Numerous rappers who have been victims to gun violence and drug abuse were apart of gangs, and their music reflected that.

The Brooklyn native died after he was shot 3 times in the torso in his California home during a home invasion. The suspects and Pop Smoke were all in the same gang, 823 Crips. The late rapper was only 20 years old. (Feb. 19, 2020)
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The 21-year-old headlining rapper came to his untimely death caused by a seizure, that was the result of an overdose of oxycodone and codeine, on a flight headed to Illinois. He was scheduled to be arrested upon landing for drug possession and took several pills while on board. His mother stated he struggled with anxiety, depression and substance abuse prior to his death. (Dec. 8, 2019)
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After an altercation with another "crew" King Von was shot and killed outside of an Atlanta Hookah bar at the age of 26, the suspect being another young rapper by the name of Lul Timm, 22. King Von had been in quite a few physical disputes before his death, including being a suspect in the murder of a member of the Gangster Disciples, Von himself was a part of the Black Disciples street gang. (Nov. 6, 2020)
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Since 2010, approximately 51.5 percent of American rapper deaths were due to gun violence, which makes hip-hop the highest genre of music with homicide related deaths. Many from older generations and outside the hip-hop genre feel that violent gang related activity and drugs are glorified in a great deal of the genre’s music. Others argue its free speech and just a form of artistic expression, this debate has been going on since the genre’s origin.

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