Why are so many hip-hop artists dying young?
American hip-hop artists are murdered more than artists of any other musical genre, according to Dianna Theadora Kenny, professor of psychology and music at the University of Sydney. Kenny examined the deaths of musical artists in the United States and found that more than half of the hip-hop musicians in his 2015 study sample had been murdered.
Many iconic and revered hip-hop artists passed away suddenly in 2021 ahead of their time, most of them under the age of 60 – far younger than the US life expectancy of 77.3 years.
Previous studies have examined why rappers die so young. Some, like Tupac, Notorious BIG, and Smokepurpp, engaged in their own mortality lyrics that spoke of their own deaths.
The second leading cause of death among rappers is traffic accidents, followed by complications from illnesses.
In 2021 so far, hip-hop has lost at least 10 rappers. The cause of death included drug overdoses, illnesses, shootings and suicides. Here are 10 hip-hop artists who died suddenly in 2021 at the age of 60.
These deaths came even as the coronavirus pandemic put an end to many major music festivals.
Here is a long list of Hip-Hop artists who died suddenly in 2021:
The sudden death of DMX on April 9, 2021 shocked many. He was 50 when he died of a heart attack caused by a drug overdose. His real name was Earl Simmons, and he was known for his gritty voice and fiery rap hymns. He starred in the action films “Romeo Must Die” and “Cradle 2 the Grave”.
DMX reigned supreme in the late 90s and early 2000s with hits such as “Party Up” and “Get at Me Dog”. Supporters rallied behind him after he went public with his struggles with drug addiction.
He made history as the first rapper to have his first five albums rated No.1 on the Billboard 200. His music career then slowed down.
Shock G was born in New York and his real name was Gregory Jacobs. He was a hip-hop pioneer widely recognized for giving rap superstar Tupac Shakur a career break.
Shock G later became famous for the underground digital earworm “The Humpty Dance” and collaborations with Tupac such as the 1993 single “I Get Around”.
He died at the age of 56, apparently from an accidental drug overdose.
Biz Markie, real name Theo Hall, was best known for the 1989 song “Just a Friend”, his charismatic stage presence and his upbeat lyrics. He won the title of “hip-hop clown” with his classic 1988 debut album, “Goin ‘Off”.
He died in hospital in Baltimore with his wife by his side on July 16 from complications from diabetes. He was 57 years old.
Harlem rapper Black Rob (real name Robert Ross) died on April 17 at the age of 52. He is best known for his 2000 hits “Whoa” and “Can I Live” for Bad Boy records.
He admitted to having had health problems over the years. However, his comments were often ignored by the public and the media. Most people realized he was sick when he recorded a DMX tribute video from a hospital bed.
He died of cardiac arrest at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dallas star Lil Loaded, real name Dashawn Robertson, rose to prominence with his 2019 song “6locc 6a6y”, which has over 25 million streams on YouTube and was certified as Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
He committed suicide on June 1 at the age of 20 and his death was reported by his lawyer, Ashkan Mehryari to Newsbeat.
“The child was on a good path. He was grappling with some things that we would have liked to know, I would have liked to be able to intervene, ”said businessman Stanley Gabart.
Rapper Corey Detiege performed under the stage name Chucky Trill. He died on March 6 in a hospital in the metro Atlanta area, shot dead at the age of 33. He died in one of three reported shootings on I-80 in Atlanta in two days in March, suburban Gwinnett County police reported.
Chucky Trill was best known for songs such as “Streets Don’t Love A Soul” (2018) and collaborations with artists including Texas legend Lil ‘Keke and Dallas rapper Trapboy Freddy.
Baby CEO, a controversial Memphis rapper (real name Jonathan Brown) has died in a shootout in Frayser, Tennessee, aged 20. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
He first made headlines with a “disturbing video” focusing on guns, drugs, dreams of fame and money at the age of 14.
His death came three years after the death of rapper Fredo Santana. Baby’s CEO was Santana’s protégé and signed with Santana when he started working with Savage Squad Records.
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Prince Markie Dee, a member of pioneering hip-hop group The Fat Boys, died on February 18 in Miami at the age of 52. The cause of his death was congestive heart failure. His death was confirmed by the group’s manager, Louis Gregory.
Born Mark Anthony Morales in 1968, he teamed up with Darren Robinson (the Human Beatbox) and Damon Wembley (Kool Rock Ski). They performed as The Disco 3 before later becoming The Fat Boys.
Double K, half of Los Angeles rap duo People Under the Stairs, died at their home on Jan.30, according to the Los Angeles County medical examiner. He was 43 years old.
Born Michael Turner, Double K and the Thes One cohort (real name Christopher Portugal) formed People Under the Stairs in 1997 when they were in high school. The two were already producing music in high school when they bonded.
South Carolina rapper 18veno was shot and killed on January 23 and pronounced dead at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill. He was 19 at the time of his death and was just starting to find success with his debut in 2020, “R4z EP” and his album “Pablo”.
Born Paul Harts, 18veno grew up in Winnsboro, South Carolina after spending the first years of his life in Washington, DC
18veno was inspired by the sounds of the southern trap. He cited rappers such as Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti and Jeezy as early influences. He started rapping in fourth grade and began publishing his work a few years later.
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