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Lyrics, Beats & Bloodshed: The Hip-Hop Murder Timeline Adds Another Entry, Memphis’ Young Dolph Cut Down In Coldblooded Bakery Hit

November 18, 2021 — Memphis rapper Young Dolph is the latest in a long line of hip hop artists to die violently in the prime of their respective careers. The 36-year old Young Dolph aka Adolph Thornton was slain while waiting to buy a bag of homemade cookies at a boutique South Memphis bakery. He survived a 2017 shooting where fellow Memphis rap star Yo Gotti was investigated, but cleared for playing a role in. His biggest radio hit was 2016’s “Cut it” with O.G. Genasis. More recently. Young Dolph started his own music label called Paper Route Empire.

Below is an index of rap world slayings dating back to the 1980s:

The Hip-Hop Murder Timeline (1987-2021)

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

*Co-founder of the RBL Posse

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

*The Rap-A-Lot label artist is killed in East Oakland

September 13, 1996 – Historic West Coast 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 affiliate Robert (Kilo-G) Johnson

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

*Member of the popular Bay Area rap group RBL Posse

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 iconic 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 Markeise (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 – Atlanta rapper and Gucci Mane affiliate Mario (Slim Dunkin) Hamilton

*Killed in Atlanta by fellow rapper Vinson (Young Vito) Hardimon . Slim Dunkin was a member of Gucci’s “Brick Squad.”

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

*The 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) Lewel

*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 Shannon (Young Ready) Hudson

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

*Killed in a drive-by shooting 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

November 10, 2016 — Houston rapper Chris (3-2) Barriero

*Part of H-Town’s iconic Rap-A-Lot Records regime

January 26, 2017 — Jacksonville rapper Maurice (Ramboe Slice) Hobbs

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

May 2, 2017 — Chicago rapper Ulysses (Bando Bandz) Pole

June 8, 2017 — Alabama rapper Paul (Bam Bam) Carter

August 6, 2017 –Atlanta rapper Jibril (Yung Mazi) Abdur-Rahman

*Kevin Gage disciple

September 6, 2017 — Washington D.C. rapper Theodore (30 Glizzy) Pigford

*He was the third member of the Shy Glizzy crew to be murdered in less than 18 months

September 9, 2017 — Louisiana rapper Garrett (Da Real Gee Money) Burton

October 9, 2017 — Detroit rapper Rodney (Doughboy Roc) Yeargin of the CTE-signed Dopeboyz Cashout crew

*Young Jeezy’s disciple

October 21, 2017 — California rapper Roberto (Blackie Fontana) Diaz

June 18, 2018 — Fast-rising Florida rapper Jahseh (XXXTentacion) Onfroy

June 18, 2018 — Pittsburgh rapper Travon (Jimmy Wopo) Smart

*Wiz Khalifa disciple

June 30, 2018 — Toronto rapper Jahvante (Smoke Dawg) Smart

*Opening act for Canada’s favorite son in the rap game Drake

October 29, 2018 — Texas by way of the Big Easy rapper Theodore (Young Greatness) Jones

*The Quality Control Music label rapper was shot to death in the parking lot of a New Orleans Waffle House

March 31, 2019 — L.A. rapper and Atlantic Records artist Ermias (Nipsey Hussle) Asghedom

*The Crips affiliated wordsmith is gunned down outside his Marathon Clothing shop in South Central just a year removed from a Grammy nod for his debut studio album Victory Lap releases on his own All Money In Atlantic Records imprint in 2018.

February 19, 2020 – New York rapper Bashar (Pop Smoke) Jackson

*The Brooklyn drill music king is murdered in home invasion at his Hollywood Hills home in L.A.

June 25, 2020 – St. Louis rapper Lawrence (Huey) Franks

*The former Jive Records artist is shot in front of his Missouri residence

July 11, 2021 — Atlanta rapper Rudolph (Marlo) Johnson is shot dead while driving on the highway

*Signed to Quality Control Records

August 4, 2020 — Chicago rapper Carlton (FBG Duck) Weekly

*The 21 Savage-affiliated rapper was gunned down in broad daylight waiting in line outside a designer mens clothier in the Windy City’s Magnificent Mile tourist district

November 6, 2020 – Chicago rapper Dayvon (King Von) Bennett

*Killed in a fight in an Atlanta nightclub with an associate of rival rapper Quando Rondo. Bennett was signed to Lil’ Durk’s label.

November 11, 2020 – Texas rapper Melvin (Mo3) Noble.

*Boosie Badazz protege is killed in a shootout on a Dallas expressway.

November 17, 2021 — Tennessee rapper Adolph (Young Dolph) Thornton

*Gunned down inside a South Memphis bakery

“Jew Paul” Now Just A Memory, Final Member Of Motown’s Capital Street Social Club Crew Gone At 94

November 17, 2021 — Former Detroit mob associate and fabled pool hall shark Paul (Jew Paul) Bruseloff died at age 94 of natural causes this week, the last of the old Capital Street Social Club crew to cash in his chips and depart for the big casino in the sky. The Capital Street Social Club was located in Oak Park, Michigan, less than a mile north of the Detroit proper border. The band of colorful, high-rolling characters that made up the club’s regulars were a mix of Jewish and Middle Eastern bookies, hustlers, thieves and con men working diligently for the area’s Italian crime family.

For most of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Bruseloff served as right-hand man to Freddy (The Saint) Salem, who ran the club and all gambling affairs for the Detroit mafia’s Giacalone regime. The Lebanese Salem died of dementia in 2009. Both Salem and Bruseloff were expert pool players and spent much of their time at the old Chalk & Cue Pool Hall up the street from the Capital Street Social Club.

Bruseloff sold kitchenware for his legit job and retired from the rackets long ago when Salem closed up shop in the 2000s due to health concerns. In the pair’s heyday, they organized and operated the Giaacalone crew’s roving backdoor casino nights that saw hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash exchanged in gambling payoffs and debts in the shadow of moonlight at ritzy area mansions, clandestine industrial warehouses and the backrooms and basements of mob-connected restaurants and banquet halls.

According to FBI records, Salem also helped the Giacalone brothers look after the Detroit mob’s interests in the Las Vegas hotel and casino industry and oversaw the transportation of skim money making its way from the count room in the Aladdin Casino on the strip to his bosses in the Motor City. Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone and Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone were notorious Detroit mob captains and per the federal government, the men responsible for kidnapping and murdering long-missing Teamsters union chief Jimmy Hoffa back in the summer of 1975.

The Magnificent Mile Murder: Five Pack Of O-Blockers To Stand Trial For FBG Duck’s Gold Coast Slaying, As Chicago Gang Warfare Continues To Escalate

November 13, 2021 — The feds indicted five members of the O-Block crew in Chicago last month on racketeering and murder charges connected to the brazen 2020 killing of rival rapper and gangbanger Carlton (FBG Duck) Weekly. Violence in Chicago’s street gang scene has been flaring up to cataclysmic levels for going on three years now, resulting in thousands of homicides and global headlines lamenting the problem.

O-Block’s Charles (C-Murda) Liggins, Kenneth (Kenny G) Roberson, Tacarlos (Lil’ Los) Offerd, Chris (C-Thang) Thomas and Marcus (Muwop) Smart were taken into custody October 13. They’ve all pleaded not guilty in the case.

The O-Block click is a subset of the Black Disciples street gang and grew out of the Chicago Southside’s Parkway Gardens housing project. The crew is known for a presence in the rap and dope game.

Best-selling Chicago rappers and Drill Rap Gods Chief Keef, King Von, Lil’ Durk and Lil’ Reese all boast of O-Block affiliations. Muwop is signed to Lil’ Durk’s music label.

FBG Duck’s Fly Boys Gang is tied to the Gangster Disciples, a one-time ally turned rival of the Black Disciples. Founded on the Southside in the 1960s, the Gangster Disciples have risen to become the biggest street gang East of the Mississippi, controlling territory in the Midwest, Southeast, East Coast and Down South.

Twenty-six year old FBG Duck was gunned down in broad daylight on August 4, 2020 in the Gold Coast on East Oak Street in Chicago’s most exclusive shopping district — just feet away from the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue — by four shooters emerging from two different vehicles and caught him standing in line to enter a luxury clothier. His 2018 single Slide earned millions of listens across streaming platforms and popular rapper 21 Savage released a popular remix of the song. Lil’ Los Offerd purchased one of the hit cars in the hours before the murder and returned it the same afternoon.

King Von was slain three months after FBG Duck in November 2020. The two rappers had engaged in a beef on wax in the years preceding their respective murders.

A Yo Kato, The Feds Have Your Back: “Bro Man” Spann’s Conviction In Chitown Puts Final Piece Of “King Kato” Murder Conspiracy To Bed

November 13, 2021 – The book is finally closed on the 2003 gangland assassination of Chicago Latin Kings boss Rudy (King Kato) Rangel. This past week, Four Corner Hustlers shot caller Labar (Bro Man) Spann was found guilty of ordering the hit, as well as three others, in federal court out of Illinois. Spann had previously beaten the case at a state trial back in the 2000s where Vice Lord gang members, Donnell (Squeaky) Simmons, Martise (The Grim Reaper) Nunnery and Marcus (Lil’ Black) Ware, were each convicted.

The Four Corner Hustlers is an offshoot of the Vice Lords, originally created as a neighborhood security force but quickly evolving into an affiliated drug-dealing crew. The 43-year old Spann assumed control of the Four Corner Hustlers in the late 1990s around the same time he was paralyzed from the waist down in a shooting.

Simmons admitted to being the triggerman in King Kato’s highly-publicized slaying on the evening of June 4, 2003 when the 31-year old Rangel was shot to death as he sat in a barber chair getting a haircut and watching the opening game of the 2003 NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Jersey Nets. The hit took place at Nationwide Cutz barber shop on the Westside of Chicago located in a converted trailer near the corner of Roosevelt and Sacramento Avenues.

King Kato was the most infamous Hispanic crime lord in Windy City history, beloved by his men and given bi-coastal props, especially in the rap world where he maintained friendships with DMX and Fat Joe in New York and B-Real and the Cypress Hill crew out in California. DMX penned the song “A Yo Kato,” in Rangel’s honor following his killing. Around the time of his death, Fat Joe was in negotiations to give King Kato his own Terror Squad Midwest label to manage.

Federal prosecutors believe Spann hired Simmons on a Sinaloa Cartel-issued contract from Mexico. The cartel believed Rangel had stolen 150 kilos of cocaine earmarked for Bro Man and his Four Corner Hustlers, like the Latin Kings, based on Chicago’s Westside. Rangel was of Puerto Rican descent.

Early on in the investigation, it appeared Spann was trying to rob Rangel, a street rival of his, of a fancy Franck Muller designer watch worth more than $100,000. But later on, Squeaky Simmons told the FBI that Spann gave him the contract on the notion that the “lick” he was doing was related to a 150 kilo drug shipment that turned up empty and upset the Sinaloa bosses.

Martise Nunnery middled between Spann and Simmons. Spann promised Simmons $30,000 payment for the hit. Lil’ Black Ware had a friend working at the barber shop King Kato went to every week for a haircut and got the nod when he was in there on the evening of June 4, 2003. Ware passed the information on to Nunnery, who had a pair of Grim Reaper tattoos adorning his body.

Simmons told authorities that Spann gave him the gun used to murder King Kato and was in the car, a red-colored Ford Taurus, that drove him to the barber shop that night, ushering the executioner to his kill party. He testified at Spann’s two-month federal trial.

“Don’t miss, shorty. Come back when you’re done, we’ll be waiting for you,” said Simmons of his conversation with Bro Man

King Kato grew up on the city’s Southwest Side of Chicago. As a youngster, Rangel was friends with the Flores brothers (Pedro aka “Little Pete” & Margarito aka “Junior”). Hailing from the Little Village neighborhood, the Flores brothers rose to become the top American lieutenants of Narcos czar Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman himself.

Rangel benefited from this relationship in his own rise up the ranks in the Latin Kings. After King Kato’s murder, his wife Valerie, began a romance with Junior Flores and disappeared with him and his brother into the Witness Protection Program. The Flores boys decided to cooperate with the DEA in the late 2000s and helped federal prosecutors convict the world’s most rich and powerful drug boss, El Chapo Guzman, at his globally-chronicled 2019 trial.

Brooklyn Always Goes Hard, Borough’s Fmr. Crack Kingpin “Baby Sam” Edmonson Could Be Going Home Soon Because Of Dirty Cop

November 13, 2021 — One-time Brooklyn drug don, Samuel (Babyface Sam) Edmonson, is inching closer every day to getting his two life sentences for narcotics trafficking and murder overturned and finding freedom after more than three decades behind bars in a New York state prison. Edmonson, 60, ran the Brownsville crack game in the late 1980s. He was convicted at a 1990 trial in state court for ordering the gangland slayings of Kenny Rankin, his partner in the drug business, and Willie May, a frontline worker for his organization suspected of skimming from the till.

But according to sworn testimony by Keith (Big K) Christmas, a former enforcer for “Baby Sam” Edmonson and star witness against him at his trial 31 years ago, the original testimony he provided tying him to the Rankin and May homicides, was bogus and coerced by disgraced NYPD Detective Lou Scarcella. Over a dozen convictions based on Scarcella arrests have already been thrown out of court in the past ten years.

The 63-year old Christmas offered his perjury confession in a motion hearing earlier this week as part of Edmonson’s appeal.

“It was just a fictitious story…..it was all about Sam getting what he deserved from his (Scarcella’s) perspective,” Christmas said. “The whole environment was tainted. It didn’t matter what was the truth. It was about me sticking to the script they gave me.”

Christmas initially agreed to cooperate against Baby Sam because Baby Sam put a murder contract on his head. Although he was shot several times, Christmas survived the contract to still take the witness stand at Edmonson’s trial.

Kenny Rankin was gunned down June 30, 1987 in Clinton Hill. May was killed January 8, 1988 in Brownsville. Scarcella testified he remembered Christmas from the Baby Sam investigation, but denied pressuring him to lie under oath regarding either homicide.