Rappers Who Sadly Died In 2019

Too many musicians die young or in tragic
circumstances, but fans can still find solace in the unforgettable legacies left behind
by these rappers who passed away in 2019. We covered some high-profile losses in mid-2019;
here are a few from the rest of the year that you may not have heard about. Beloved rapper Bushwick Bill, a member of
the legendary Houston group Geto Boys, passed away on June 9, 2019, after battling pancreatic
cancer. Bill, whose real name was Richard Shaw, told
TMZ in May 2019 that he had been diagnosed with the disease three months prior, which
came as a shock after doctors initially diagnosed a mass on his pancreas as benign. Despite the grave diagnosis, Bill told the
tabloid, “It’s not like I’m afraid of dying […] I
died and came back already in June 19, 1991, so I know what it’s like on the other side.” That’s a reference to a particularly dark
time in Bill’s life, when the rapper successfully coaxed a woman into shooting him in the face. He spoke about the near-death experience to
radio station KUSF months after it happened. “I gave her the gun and jumped at her, and
when I see her hand reach the trigger I put my eye in front of it. And as you can see I’m a lot happier now,
because God saw fit to spare me.” Bill claimed he wasn’t just hospitalized,
but declared dead, being prepared for an autopsy when he awoke in the morgue. He ended up losing his right eye – a gruesome
injury the Geto Boys capitalized on for the iconic cover of their 1991 album We Can’t
Be Stopped. According to TMZ, Bill was set to perform
in Texas just a day before his death, but he missed the show due to his hospitalization. A publicist for the rapper said that Bill
died at the hospital, surrounded by his family. His son, Javon, told the outlet that Bill’s
last words were, “I will love you forever.” He was 52. Las Vegas rapper Succeed Phlyguy was shot
and killed during a home invasion on Oct. 12, 2019. He was 40. His father, Ronnie Cravens Sr., was told by
the rapper’s roommate that two armed men in ski masks entered their house through the
open garage and ordered Succeed and a houseguest to the ground. According to the roommate’s account, he heard
what was happening from a separate room, grabbed his gun, and a shootout ensued. Succeed managed to escape during the fray,
but was shot while exiting the house. He died in his front yard. The rapper’s aunt, Margaret Bell, shared an
optimistic outlook about the tragedy when she told Arkansas’ 5 News Online, “He did everything he wanted to have done
because the Bible said something like ‘when your job is finished, that’s when I come for
you. So he finished his job.” Filipino battle rapper Lil John was shot and
killed in the Philippines province of Cavite on Oct. 20, 2019. He was 35. The rapper, whose real name was John Ross
Delos Santos, was sitting on a motorbike when a gunman approached and shot him twice in
the head. He reportedly died on the way to the hospital. Manila Bulletin reported that Lil John and
his girlfriend, who was left unharmed, were seated on the motorbike awaiting a food order
when the gunman attacked. Authorities did not immediately locate a suspect. Jimmy Spicer, the pioneering MC who released
influential early hip-hop songs in the late ’70s and early ’80s, succumbed to a long battle
with brain and lung cancer on Sept. 27, 2019. He was 61. One of the first artists signed by rap mogul
Russell Simmons, Spicer is best known for his nearly 15-minute rap track “Adventures
of Super Rhyme.” Spicer and his music influenced and paved
the way for legendary artists in the genre, such as 2Pac, the Wu-Tang Clan, LL Cool J,
and more. Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock told Rolling Stone that
when the group was just starting out with hip-hop, he practiced by performing the first
16 bars of “The Adventures of Super Rhyme,” which he called out as his first favorite
rap song. Soundcloud rapper Hella Sketchy, real name
Jacob Tyler Thureson, died on June 27, 2019, following an apparent drug overdose. He was 18 years old. According to a tweet from Jacob’s father,
Erik Thureson, Jacob was found unresponsive on June 13th and then hospitalized. He remained comatose until his death two weeks
later. Atlantic Records said in a statement, “Hella Sketchy’s tragic passing is a devastating
loss. He was an enormously, creative, sensitive
soul who was just beginning to show the world his talent and originality.” His father tweeted, “You are not supposed to go before your father
or grandfather. That’s not supposed to happen. That’s not how this works. We have no words.” When discussing his son’s death, Erik was
open and honest about the cause, writing on Twitter, “The opioid epidemic does not discriminate. The conversation regarding drugs, depression,
mental illness, [and] social media needs to be happening more openly without judgment
and stigma. Jacob’s life was not and will not be in vain.” Bad Azz, real name Jamarr Antonio Stamps,
died on Nov. 18, 2019, while in custody at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta,
California. He was 43. Stamps was arrested ten days before his death,
and jailed on a felony domestic violence charge. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s
Department, the jail staff discovered that the rapper required medical attention during
a security check, but attempts to save his life failed. TMZ reported that no foul play was suspected. The rapper, who collaborated with several
West Coast greats like Snoop Dogg and Tupac, saw tributes pour in from rap legends after
his death. Ice-T tweeted, “Man!!! Just hearing about the loss of another soldier.. Waaaay to soon! RestInPeace Lil Homie… BadAzz DoggPoundGangsterCrip” Snoop Dogg paid tribute on Instagram, captioning
a photo of the late rapper, “Damn. RIP to my young, DPG, LLG, LBC. Crew original Bad Azz gone too soon.” Rapper Vince Staples simply tweeted, “RIP BAD AZZ” D.C. rapper Slim Tristan, real name Tristan
Vernon Sellers, was shot and killed during an altercation outside a Woodbridge, Virginia
recording studio on Nov. 18, 2019. He was 32. Police arrived to find Tristan dead at the
scene, following an altercation at DMV Studios. Another local resident, Cinquan Louis Blakney,
was later arrested and charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony
in connection to the case. Speaking with DCist, Andria Swanson, the mother
of Tristan’s son, said he started his rap career in 2012 after serving a six-year prison
stint on drug charges. He released mixtapes and singles about the
pains of his life, and even dabbled in inspirational Christian rap. Family and friends remembered him as a loving
father of three. Carrie Coleman, Tristan’s grandmother, told
Fox 5 DC that she doesn’t know why anyone would want to kill him. “Nowadays, it really doesn’t have to be anything.” BankBoy Wayne, real name Thedric Morton, was
shot and killed while inside a car in downtown Memphis on Nov. 29, 2019. He was 22. The Memphis Police Department were called
to the scene of a double shooting near the National Civil Rights Museum. Preston Gray, a music producer who worked
with Morton, remembered his friend during an interview with WREG Memphis. “We communicated through music. But he was always a pretty cool guy, you know
what I’m saying? He was down to Earth.” Police did not immediately identify a suspect. Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins,
died on Dec. 8, 2019, after suffering a seizure in Chicago’s Midway airport. He was 21. The Chicago Tribune reported that the rapper
went into cardiac arrest as his plan was being searched by federal agents. Higgins was reportedly conscious when transported
via ambulance, but declared dead at the hospital. Higgins, a Chicago native, rose to fame on
Soundcloud with the songs “Old Me” and “All Girls Are the Same,” which logged an impressive
5 million streams. His success on the streaming platform gave
way to a March 2018 record deal with Interscope that was worth a reported $3 million. Later that year, the rapper released his debut
album “Goodbye and Good Riddance.” The album included breakout single “Lucid
Dreams,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. His followup project, “Death Race for Love,”
debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2019. During an interview with Forbes less than
a month before his death, Higgins claimed that he had over a thousand songs in the making,
and talked excitedly about plans for his future career, promising, quote, “There’s a lot to
come.” These aren’t the only rappers we sadly lost
in 2019. Earlier in the year, we also said goodbye
to Nipsey Hussle Cadet Kevin Fret Trap House Nina Ross Da Boss and Willie Bo. If you or someone you know is struggling with
addiction, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 24/7 National
Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. That’s 1-800-662-4357.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Never heard of them. Not important.

  2. All of these are sad but the drug overdoses are particularly annoying and, unfortunately, causes me to roll my eyes, because it seems to be glamorized and like a right of passage for some of these SoundCloud dudes. The whole emo, im so depressed, I’m out of my mind and high and disturbed act is ill-informed, redundant and tragic. However, it’s also somewhat cartoonish because it’s a fad.

    As someone whose been hospitalized for depression- I’m not saying that depression itself is a fad (although, I’d listen to arguments that state otherwise). What I am saying is the music industry, social media glamorization of depression and mental illness is insufferable and indeed, a fad.

  3. And how does Nipsey Hustle get honorable mention? His death was one of the biggest new stories of 2019 (not sure why- I certainly didn’t know much about him lol) but it’s odd that they squeezed him into the end of the video as an honorable mention.

  4. Still heartbroken about Nipsey. Some of these deaths were so unnecessary. We need to learn house to love and respect one another, and if we can’t, maintain, change lanes and walk in a different direction. This world is big enough to exist separately..RIP to those who lost loved ones and remember them at their highest peak of happiness.

  5. Y'all plz pray 🙏🙏 for Travis, Lil Uzi, Lil Wayne, Eminem and the rest of them. XXX and Juice is enough to lose 😔😔😔

  6. When music is used to glorify or exacerbate the worst of humanity (drugs, violence, infidelity, child neglect, etc), one is not surprised and it won't get better in 2020.

  7. Good riddance to all of the dead devils, to hell with'em and their satanic "music".. I have a feeling there will be a lot more to follow'em this year.. bye bye.

  8. They all die young because they keep selling their souls to the devil for few years of fame, cars, and women. Folks mind you, your soul is eternal, there’s nothing in this world you can exchange with your eternal soul.

  9. I hate the New add on were I have to press the x button to see the screen… Or if I want to skip forward or rewind back 10 seconds.

  10. Even if you weren’t a fan of some of these people. Please don’t just disrespect there legacy after their death. All of these people died to young and had there demons so please. Respect the lost ones😔🙏

  11. All the people disrespecting the dead and saying “good riddance” need to stop. It’s just unnecessary.

  12. RIP to all the rappers featured here and in our previous video: Nipsey, Cadet. Kevin Fret, Trap House, Nina Ross Da Boss, and Willie Bo.

  13. This is not a sad thing its a good thing.
    Rap and rappers (not all) have been detrimental to the destruction of the black community.
    Black music used to be always about healing.
    I can't stand it any longer … good riddance…

  14. Nipsey should have had more of his story told, he was a huge part of hip hop and definitely deserved to be recognized for more than 10 seconds. He did a lot for his community and always paid it forward. RIP

  15. @8:56 What a horrible way to capitalize on other people’s tragedy’s! I guess never let a good opportunity go to waste, hah. Half of these fools were gunned down, live by the gun, die by the gun🍺

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