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This is a list of notable rappers and hip hop musicians murdered since 1987.

Two studies in the mid-2010s concluded that murder was the cause of half of hip hop musician deaths. The average age of death is between 25–30 years of age. Hip hop artists have a higher rate of homicide than artists of any other genre of music, ranging from five to 32 times higher.[1][2]

Some reasons cited for the high homicide rate include poor background of many artists, criminal gang activity, drug use, and inadequate pastoral care among artists and record labels.[3][4][5] In 2020, XXL wrote that of 77 rapper deaths they examined, more than 40 remain unsolved, including the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur, the 1997 murder of the Notorious B.I.G., and the 1999 murder of Big L.[6]

List

Name Date of death Age at death Place of death Cause of death Ref.
Scott La Rock August 27, 1987 25 New York City, New York, U.S. Shooting [7]
Paul C July 17, 1989 24 New York City, New York, U.S. Shooting [8]
Danny "D-Boy" Rodriguez October 6, 1990 22 Dallas, Texas, U.S. Shooting [9][10]
Charizma December 16, 1993 20 East Palo Alto, California, U.S. Shooting [11][12]
Stretch November 30, 1995 27 New York City, New York, U.S. Shooting [13]
Seagram July 31, 1996 26 Oakland, California, U.S. Shooting [14][15]
Tupac Shakur September 13, 1996 25 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Drive-by shooting [16][17][18]
G-Slimm October 13, 1996 21 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Shooting [19]
The Notorious B.I.G. March 9, 1997 24 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Drive-by shooting [20][21][22]
Fat Pat February 3, 1998 27 Houston, Texas, U.S. Shooting [23][24]
Big L February 15, 1999 24 New York City, New York, U.S. Shooting [25][26][27]
DJ Uncle Al September 10, 2001 32 Miami, Florida, U.S. Shooting [28][29]
Jam Master Jay October 30, 2002 37 New York City, New York, U.S. Shooting [30]
Sabotage January 24, 2003 29 São Paulo, Brazil Shooting [31][32]
Camoflauge May 19, 2003 21 Savannah, Georgia, U.S. Shooting [33]
Soulja Slim November 26, 2003 26 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Shooting [34][35]
K-rupt November 29, 2003 22 Great Rift Valley, Kenya Shooting [36]
Mac Dre November 1, 2004 34 Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Shooting [37]
Blade Icewood April 19, 2005 28 Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Shooting [38]
Papa Touwtjie June 9, 2005 36 Paramaribo, Suriname Shooting [39]
Proof April 11, 2006 32 Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Shooting [40][41]
Big Hawk May 1, 2006 36 Houston, Texas, U.S. Shooting [42]
Dolla May 18, 2009 21 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Shooting [43][44]
Speedfreaks March 26, 2010 37 Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Shooting [45]
Lele July 1, 2010 23 Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico Shooting [46]
Messy Mya November 14, 2010 22 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Shooting [47]
Magnolia Shorty December 20, 2010 28 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Shooting [48]
Bad News Brown February 11, 2011 33 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Unspecified violence [49][50]
Adán Zapata June 1, 2012 21 San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico Shooting [51]
Lil Phat June 7, 2012 19 Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S. Shooting [52]
MC Daleste July 7, 2013 20 Paulínia, Brazil Shooting [53]
Lil Snupe June 20, 2013 18 Winnfield, Louisiana, U.S. Shooting [54]
Pavlos Fyssas September 18, 2013 34 Keratsini, Greece Stabbing [55]
Depzman September 21, 2013 18 Birmingham, England Stabbing [56]
Doe B December 28, 2013 22 Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. Shooting [57]
The Jacka February 2, 2015 37 Oakland, California, U.S. Shooting [58]
Chinx May 17, 2015 31 New York City, New York, U.S. Shooting [59]
Bankroll Fresh March 4, 2016 28 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Shooting [60]
Mr. 3-2 November 10, 2016 44 Houston, Texas, U.S. Shooting [61]
XXXTentacion June 18, 2018 20 Deerfield Beach, Florida, U.S. Shooting [62]
Jimmy Wopo June 18, 2018 21 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Shooting [63][64]
Smoke Dawg June 30, 2018 21 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Shooting [65]
Young Greatness October 29, 2018 34 New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Shooting [66]
Feis January 1, 2019 32 Rotterdam, Netherlands Shooting [67]
Kevin Fret January 10, 2019 24 San Juan, Puerto Rico Shooting [68]
Nipsey Hussle March 31, 2019 33 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Shooting [69]
RS September 3, 2019 18 Amsterdam, Netherlands Stabbing [70]
Pop Smoke February 19, 2020 20 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Shooting during home invasion [71]
Houdini May 26, 2020 21 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Shooting [72]
Huey June 25, 2020 31 Kinloch, Missouri, U.S. Shooting [73]
King Von November 6, 2020 26 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Shooting [74]
MO3 November 11, 2020 28 Dallas, Texas, U.S. Shooting [75][76]
Einár October 21, 2021 19 Stockholm, Sweden Shooting [77]
Young Dolph November 17, 2021 36 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Shooting [78]
Drakeo the Ruler December 19, 2021 28 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Stabbing [79]
Snootie Wild February 27, 2022 36 Houston, Texas, U.S. Shooting [80]
Goonew March 18, 2022 24 Prince George's County, Maryland, U.S. Shooting [81]
Archie Eversole April 5, 2022 37 Decatur, Georgia, U.S. Shooting [82]
Sidhu Moose Wala May 29, 2022 28 Mansa, Punjab, India Shooting [83]
Trouble June 5, 2022 34 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Shooting during home invasion [84]
Lil Travieso July 6, 2022 19 Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S. Shooting [85]
Zayar Thaw July 23, 2022 41 Yangon, Myanmar Executed by Myanmar military junta [86]
JayDaYoungan July 27, 2022 24 Bogalusa, Louisiana, U.S. Shooting [87]
PnB Rock September 12, 2022 30 Los Angeles, California, U.S. Shooting [88]
Takeoff November 1, 2022 28 Houston, Texas, U.S. Shooting [89]
AKA February 10, 2023 35 Durban, South Africa Shooting [90]
Pacho El Antifeka June 1, 2023 42 Bayamón, Puerto Rico Shooting [91]
Bigidagoe February 25, 2024 26 Amsterdam, Netherlands Shooting [92]
C.Gambino June 4, 2024 26 Gothenburg, Sweden Shooting [93]
Julio Foolio June 23, 2024 26 Tampa, Florida, U.S. Shooting [94]

See also

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