Being a rapper has proven a hazardous profession in some cases the past three decades. Dozens of violent slayings can be linked to the rap music industry since the groundbreaking genre gained mass popularity in the mid-to-late 1980s.

It’s also proven to be extremely expensive and high maintenance too, as most rappers now choose to wear gold slugs for example. How does living an expensive and dangerous lifestyle add up?

Let’s take a look at the most significant homicides tied to rap artists over the last 30 years.


August 27, 1987 – New York DJ and early-hip hop music impresario Scott (La Rock) Sterling

*Co-founder of the influential east coast rap contingent Boogie Down Productions is shot to death behind the wheel of his jeep in the Bronx projects

August 8, 1990 – New York rapper Brandon (B-Doggs) Mitchell

*Founding member of the Motown Records rap group Wreckx-n-Effect from Harlem is killed in argument over a girl at picnic in the wake of the group’s first album hitting shelves months earlier

October 6, 1990 – Texas rapper Daniel (D-Boy) Rodriguez

*The Puerto Rican rapper is killed in carjacking in Dallas

December 16, 1993 – West Coast rapper Charles (Charizma) Hicks,

*Shot and killed in Palo Alto, California

April 18, 1994 – Louisiana rapper Edgar (Pimp Daddy) Givens

*The Cash Money Records artist is killed in a New Orleans housing project in an alleged domestic dispute

November 30, 1995 – New York rapper Randy (Stretch) Walker

*Live Squad member and Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. affiliate is killed in Queens on the one-year anniversary of the famous Quad Studio shooting-and-robbery attack survived by him and Shakur, which served as the seminal event in the notorious East Coast-West Coast Rap War

January 1, 1996 – San Francisco rapper Kyle (Mister Cee) Church

July 31, 1996 – Bay Area rapper Seagram (aka Seagram Miller)

*The first Bay area rapper signed to Scarface’s Rap-A-Lot in Houston who is killed in East Oakland

September 13, 1996 – Historic West Coast-affiliated rap superstar Tupac Shakur

*killed in a Las Vegas drive-by following attending a Mike Tyson boxing match (succumbs to wounds a week after the attack)

November 10, 1996 – Tupac Shakur affiliate and Outlawz rap group member Yafeu (Kadafi) Fula

*The lone witness to the Shakur slaying is killed inside a New Jersey housing project

January 15, 1997 – New Orleans rapper and Cash Money Records afilite Robert (Kilo-G) Johnson, Cash Money affiliate

March 9, 1997 – East Coast rap icon Christopher (Notorious B.I.G.) Wallace

*Murdered in a drive by on a promotional tour of Los Angeles after leaving a party

April 5, 1997 – New Orleans rapper and Cash Money Records artist Albert (Yella Boy) Thomas

*Founding member of the rap group UNLV

February 3, 1998 – Houston rapper Patrick (Fat Pat) Hawkins

January 11, 1999 – Texas rapper Steven (Granpappy Mafioso) Eduok

*Gunned down in the parking lot of a Houston nightclub and recording studio by an assailant toting a AK-47

February 15, 1999 – New York rapper Lamont (Big L) Coleman

*On the verge of a Roc-A-Fella contract, killed in a Harlem drive-by

March 28, 1999 – New York rapper Raymond (Freaky Tah) Rogers

*Founding member of the Lost Boyz rap group, killed outside a Sheraton Hotel in Queens

May 21, 1999 – Detroit rapper Karnail (Bugz) Pitts

*Founding member of D-12 and Eminem affiliate is killed in a fight at BBQ in the weeks after Eminem rocketed to international superstardom

May 2, 2000 – Elektra Records artist and east coast rapper Raeneal (Q-Don) Quann

*Founding member of the NAAM Brigade rap group, killed in a Philadelphia

July 4, 2000 – DJ Quick protégé Jonny (Mausberg) Burns

*Murdered in a Compton, California drive-by

July 26, 2001 – New York rapper Eric (E Moneybags) Smith

*His murder was ordered by legendary east coast drug kingpin Kenny (Supreme) McGriff, who had aligned with the music label Murder, Inc.

October 30, 2002 – Rap pioneer and DJ legend Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell

*Killed in a recording studio in Queens

October 31, 2002 – New Orleans rapper and Cash Money Records artist Derrick (Bulletproof) Williams

*Nephew to Cash Money Records founder Ronald (Slim) Williams and Bryan (Baby) Williams

February 2, 2003 – San Francisco rapper Ricky (Hitman) Herd

May 19, 2003 – Georgia rapper Jason (Camoflauge) Johnson

*Killed in his hometown of Savannah leaving PurePain Recording Studios

October 24, 2003 – East coast rapper and SPICE 1 and Kool G Rap affiliate Jasun (Half a Mill) Wardlaw

*Killed in a Brooklyn housing project

November 26, 2003 – New Orleans rapper and No Limit Records artist James (Soulja Slim) Tapp

*Killed inside his mother’s house

September 18, 2004 – Detroit rapper Antonio (Wipeout) Cadell

*Killed in a feud with fellow Motor City rapper Blade Icewood

November 1, 2004 – Bay Area rapper Andre (Mac Dre) Hicks

*Killed in Kansas City, Missouri drive by shooting

April 19, 2005 – Detroit rapper Darnell (Blade Icewood) Lindsay

May 24, 2005 – Kansas City rapper Anthony (Fat Tone) Watkins

*Killed in Las Vegas

April 11, 2006 – Detroit rapper and D12 founding member DeShaun (Proof) Holton

*Killed in a shooting at an after-hours club on Motown’s far north eastside

May 1, 2006 – Houston rapper James (Big Hawk) Hawkins

June 11, 2007 – East coast rapper, Byrd Gang co-founder and Jim Jones affiliate Rayquon (Stacks Bundles) Eliot

*Killed in Queens, New York

March 25, 2008 – New York rapper Leval (Cavlar) Lyde

*Killed outside a Brooklyn seafood restaurant after an argument with fellow patrons in a parking lot turns violent

April 20, 2008 – New Orleans rapper and Hot Boys affiliate Michael (VL Mike) Allen

January 4, 2009 – New York white rapper Joe (29-E) Ryan

*Killed in Seattle after a recent move to the Pacific Northwest

March 18, 2009 – Akon protégé Roderick (Dolla) Burton

*Killed in Los Angeles over beef starting in his hometown of Atlanta

October 30, 2009 –Felon-turned-rapper Mike Beck killed in Brooklyn

*Affiliated with historic east coast hip hop figures Rakim and Fat Joe

December 10, 2010 – Cash Money Records female rapper Renetta (Magnolia Shorty) Lowe

*Killed in New Orleans behind the wheel of her Mercedes Benz

May 15, 2011 – West Coast rapper Montae (M-Bone) Talbert

*Killed in a drive by in Inglewood, California

November 10, 2011 – San Francisco rapper Markesee (Killa Keise) Henry

December 4, 2011 – East coast rapper John (Tommy Hill) Wilson

*Founding member of the R.A.M. Squad rap group, killed in front of club in Philadelphia after having testified against a set of Philly drug dealers months earlier

December 16, 2011 – Mario (Slim Dunkin) Hamilton

*Killed in Atlanta by fellow rapper Vinson (Young Vito) Hardimon

June 7, 2012 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Melvin (Lil’ Phat) Vernell III

*Trill Entertainment label dynasty scion is killed in the parking lot of Georgia hospital while awaiting the birth of a child

September 4, 2012 – Chicago rapper Joseph (Lil’ JoJo) Coleman,

January 2, 2013 – Atlanta rapper Justin (Yung Teddy) Mitchell

April 26, 2013 – Atlanta rap label owner James (OG Double D) Lewiel

*Killed cruising in his Maybach in a drive-by on the I-20 Expressway

June 20, 2013 – Louisiana rapper and Meek Mill-signee Addarren (Lil’ Snupe) Ross

*Killed in fight over video game

June 21, 2013 – Philadelphia rapper James (Jimmie Wallstreet) Davis

*Killed on the porch of his mother’s house

September 1, 2013 – Texas rapper Jeremy (Jit) Hill

*Killed outside a Houston strip club

September 23, 2013 – West coast rapper Kevin (Flipside) White

*Founding member of the OFTB Gang rap group

September 26, 2013 – Midwest rapper Louis (L.A. Capone) Anderson

*Killed leaving a recording studio in Chicago

December 28, 2013 – T.I. protégé Glenn (Doe B) Thomas

*Killed in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama

January 3, 2014 – G-Unit and 50 Cent affiliate Jamal (Mazaradi Fox) Green

April 9, 2014 – Chicago rapper and Interscope Records artist Mario (Blood Money) Hess

*Rapper and Kanye West-affiliate Chief Keef’s cousin

May 31, 2014 – Chicago rapper McArthur (OTF NuNu) Swindle

*Killed in a Southside Chicago shopping mall parking lot

February 2, 2015 – Bay Area rapper Dominic (The Jacka) Newton

*Killed in East Oakland

May 17, 2015 – New York rapper Lionel (Chinx Drugz) Pickens

*Killed in Queens

May 29, 2015 – Chicago rapper Shoquon (Young Pappy) Thomas

June 23, 2015 – Bow Entertainment founder and Louisiana rapper Shannen (Young Ready) Hudson

July 11, 2015 – Chicago rapper, Glo Gang member and Chief Keef affiliate Marvin (Capo) Carr

*Killed in a drive-by in Chicago

September 7, 2015 – Detroit rapper Bryon (Dex Osama) Cox

September 23, 2015 – Chief Keef affiliate and Glo Gang member Marquese (Wolf Da Boss) Tann

*Killed in a Los Angeles marijuana dispensary robbery-homicide

March 4, 2016 – Georgia rapper Trentavious (Bankroll Fresh) White

*The 2Chainz and Gucci Mane affiliate is shot inside a Atlanta recording studio allegedly by fellow rapper “No Plug”

June 25, 2016 – Baltimore rapper Tyriece (La Scoota) Watson

*His manager was killed days later

April 29, 2017 – New Orleans rapper and Rich Gang member Desmone (BTY YoungN) Jerome

Credit to for aid in compiling this list

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