Hip-Hop and rap music has been a popular genre of music since the 1990’s. Artists often incorporate sex, drugs and murder into their songs, but for many hip-hop artists, their songs are centered around these topics because their lives revolve around a street lifestyle. Numerous rappers have even been murdered as a result of their lifestyles. Here is a list of 10 rappers who were murdered:
# 10 – Big Freeze
This 1990’s rapper was a member of the West Coast hip-hop group Nationwide Rip Ridaz. Big Freeze, whose given name was Layson Kennard, rose to fame when he made his debut on the Young Soldierz album, Eastside, Westside. On Christmas day in 1999, Big Freeze was shot and killed while dining at a restaurant.
# 9 – Freaky Tah
This rapper, whose real name was Raymond Rogers, was a member of the rap group The Lost Boyz. On March 28, 1999, Freaky Tah was shot in the back of the head while driving to a Queens, NY hotel. He was 27.
# 8 – Stretch
Randy Walker, AKA Stretch, was a member of the Live Squad, which he also produced. On November 30, 1995, Stretch was chased by pursuers who drove a black car. During the car chase, Stretch lost control of his vehicle, resulting in a crash. He was then shot and killed by his pursuers.
# 7 – Soulja Slim
This former rapper who was well-known for writing the popular single, Slow Motion, and he rose to fame after this single reached # 1. On November 26, 2003, the 23-year-old rapper was shot 4 times and killed on the lawn of his mother’s New Orleans home.
# 6 – Hitman
This rapper was a member of RBL Posse. The group produced several popular singles, which helped them to reach stardom. Hitman produced a solo album titled H2O Volume 1 in 1999. He was shot and killed on February 3, 2003, at the age of 24.
# 5 – Proof
This rapper was the member of several Detroit area groups, including D-12. The rapper was shot and killed on April 11, 2006, while playing billiards with friends at a Detroit sports club.
# 4 – Jam Master Jay
A DJ for the well-known group, Run DMC, Jam Master Jay helped the group reach stardom as they had numerous songs to top charts. On October 30, 2002, Jam Master Jay was shot execution style, while at a Jamaica, Queens studio.
# 3 – Bugz
This rapper was a member of the group D-12, along with Eminem and other rappers. D-12 produced several albums, which quickly topped the charts around the world. On May 21, 1999, Bugz was shot and killed while at a picnic. The entire murder was caught on video tape.
# 2 The Notorious B.I.G
This well-known rapper, who was associated with 2Pac, was popular ever since the 1994 debut of his first album, Ready to Die. On March 9, 1997, at the age of 24, The Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed by an unidentified assailant, while driving his vehicle.
# 1 – 2Pac
This rapper was very popular, and he sold over 75 million albums worldwide. Although he was supposed to have been shot and killed following a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, on September 13, 1996, there have been numerous claims that the rapper is still alive and well.