Can you believe that rap as we know it is a nearly 40 year old art form?
In those 40 years, we've witnessed rap impact people around the world, become incorporated into mainstream society, all the while telling the story of
(among other things) the struggle of youth raised in the ghetto.
In those 40 years, there has also been plenty of tragedy associated with the rap game (also triumph- but that is for another thread), and I'd like to
take some time now to memorialize some of the best who have fallen- either victim to the game or to circumstance. Please feel free to add any that I
miss.. and if ya have a little liquor, pour it out, sit back and remember the greats.
I'll begin with one of the first rap deaths, which is still subject to certain conspiracy theories and mystery: Eric Eazy-E Wright:
Now on to one of the most famous and most missed rappers. He also happened to be one of the first to go. While I wouldn't consider him the best
rapper, Pac had something, a stage presence and a mind, that has never been matched. RIP, hope there's a heaven for a g.
Can you guess who is coming next? Few could tell a story as well and as smoothly as the one and only, the Notorious..
1999 saw the death of one of the best lyricists, period. RIP Big L.
Same year Freaky Tah from Lost Boyz was killed. All of the above rappers (aside from Eazy) died by the gun, Freaky Tah is no exception.
Who could forget Ol Dirty? WuTang is for the children!
On the West Coast, Mac Dre was doing his thizzle in the Bay area until he, too, was gunned down. RIP Mac Dre:
Stack Bundles, RIP:
KMG of Above the Law, RIP:
The Jacka was another Bay area rapper, gunned down in 2015.
Finally, the great Sean Price, who died in 2015 in his sleep.
Thank you for taking the time to remember some of the greats who are no longer here. To all the dead poets: gone, but not forgotten.
edit on 27-1-2017 by zosimov because: (no reason given)
S & F -sometimes I feel like a minority on ATS being a die-hard fan of 2pac and many other rap artists. This is a great thread, very well put
together. Awesome work my friend, thank you for taking the time to do this. Well done!
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