American Prominent Rappers Who Died Young From Decade To Date


American music firm is recognised as the world best music industry following how enormous numbers of talented music artists have thrived its image to a greater peak.

Ranging from singers to rappers, American music firm has deployed enough great artist who has thrilled the world music enthusiast with their musical qualities in different countries.



They have bagged multiple music awards staking it as an easy task via how we record tremendous American stars who amplify their award cabinets with the top musical award trophies every single year.

They also top many charts globally which has best described the beauty in their qualities.

However, in the curriculum of this success rappers are viewed as the unfortunate ones amidst how they suffer the course of death. Some couldn’t live to enjoy the taste of their efforts via how they experienced death from their enemies and nature.

In this article, we would outline these American rappers who succumbed to the call of nature for decades to date.

American prominent rappers who died young from Decade till date

2 Pac

2 Pac who was poorly known as Tupac Amaru Shakur was an American most influential songwriter, actor and rapper who pushed for the image of black history and carried its dignity passionately at his back via his rapping qualities.

He was born in the year 1971 on a fruitful day tagged 16th June in East Harlem, New York, United States.

His musical passion began in his early teens when he was still struggling to achieve a peak in the streets. 2 Pac Shakur’s dream was to fight for the black lives which gradually turned out to be a master class inequality activism call.

He was ready to die to ensure that the black lives and the poor masses were treated equally and not racially.

Shakur gained prominence when he released his debut album ‘2Pacalypse Now’ in 1991 when the Rap Gansta genre was dominant. Everything came down positively but 2 Pac was not comfortable despite the beauty of his fame amidst how he has grown to become a die-hard human rights activist.

He was involved in many clashes with the government over his verge to restore the dignity of the black lives following how they were heavily racially abused as of then.

This is likely when his death began to call him following how his arrogance created enormous numbers of rivals and enemies attached to his career.

2 Pac was shot dead at night along the road while he was verging for one of the black American beast Boxer Mike Tyson’s matches On the night of September 7, 1996.

He was distracted by the police for riding along with a none plated and licensed car at first before it swerved to the sad one. Some excited ladies waiting for the traffic noticed him and embraced him through the passenger side. While he was busy speaking to the ladies who were asking for a possible party approval unknown thugs pulled out their gun and fired him enormously via their brutal shooting qualities.

2 pack was struck four times; once in the arm, once in the thigh, and twice in the chest. The most brutal injury was the bullet that pierced his heart that caused none stop internal bleedings.

He was rushed to the hospital and was place on a life-supporting machine where he later died from respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest.

He died at the age of 25 making it impossible to enjoy his glory.

B.I.G Smallz

Just months after the brutal aghast death of 2 Pac Shakur the American rapper who is known for his rapping qualities succumbed to the call of nature after suffering a severe gunshot.

Christopher George Latore Wallace who is poorly known by his stage name the notorious B.I.G Biggie small_sometimes referred simply as Biggie was an American rapper who was born on 21st May 1972, in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

He is referred to as the greatest rapper of all time following the great impact he played alongside his friend 2 Pac who was also dominant when they were alive.

Wallace’s death was pretty much heart-wrenching following how it looked just the same as his friend’s death 2 Pac Shakur.

In February 1997 B.I.G travelled to California to promote his studio album “Life after death” which was released two weeks after 2 Pac’s death. During an interview with the ‘Dog house,‘ on March 5 he grumbled about his safety announcing that he is Panicked about his safety not just as a rapper but because he was one of the most influential artists in America. He outlined how he hired Body Guards via his cruel fright over his safety.

Just days after his interview with the Dog House radio, his death was spanked. After attending a show he was booed disdainfully, around midnight while he was riding back to his hotel after the show was closed due to overcrowding, a black American unknown gangster alongside his troops pulled out a dangerous pistol and fired at him several times.

The gunshot entered through his right hip and struck his colon, liver, heart, and left lung before stopping in his left shoulder.

He was later pronounced dead at 1: 00 am hours his autopsy failed to save his life.

The modern century American rappers who couldn’t live to enjoy their fame. 

Several years after the brutal death of the two American top rappers B.I.G Smallz, 2 Pac Shakur, and many more unfortunate rappers we likely didn’t mention in this article, the life span of rappers from generation to generation never changed- the plague remained constant.

After what seems to be almost termed two decades, it never changed via the status of their short life span bedevilled. The new phase of the American rappers portrayed continuous death which has so far claimed enormous numbers of prominent souls.

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Juice Wrld 

The American young rapper who was known poorly as Jarad Anthony Higgins was born on 2nd December 1998 in a family that lives in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

His talent was recognised as one of the greatest following how he started his dream to become a professional rapper just while he was tender.

However, Higgins early life was complicated following how his parents divorced when he was just 3 years old.  It was left for his mother to raise him. She raised him as an independent single mother which clearly reshaped the mental health of Higgins despite the religious status of his mother.

His mother however never allowed him to listen to rappers and other exploitive songs until Juice Wrld overshadowed her rules with his passion for rapping.

After emerging as a professionalist in playing great musical instruments like guitar and drums, Higgins began his musical journey. He began posting songs he recorded on his phone to Spotify where his brutal behaviour spanked_ he was exposed to drugs.

He got even addicted when he experienced his first heartbreak after breaking with his first girlfriend who tore her heart apart luring him to consuming more drugs.

His single “Lucid Dream” that introduced him to the limelight was inspired by the memory of his ex where he explained the pain he felt amidst the disgusting view of their previous relationship.

Despite gaining fame, Higgins addiction to drugs never allowed him to enjoy his fame. He battled to stop it but couldn’t until he suffered a drug-related seizure that lured him to death.

Months after his death, his identity was recognised by the fans as a legendary teen who gave out classy music.

Pop Smoke

Bashar Barakah Jackson the American songwriter and rapper who is known famously for his stage name Pop Smoke is another name in the American music curriculum that experienced an unfortunate life.

He was born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn, where he grew up and acquired his education before venturing into an enchanting music life.

During his early life, he was recognised as one of the rudest young lads growing in Brooklyn having attended a whopping number of over 9 schools. Jackson’s first crime indulgent occurred when he was arrested for the possession of a gun in his school. He was paraded by the police force until he escaped imprisonment via a professional judgemental experiment. However, he spent two years on house arrest for the crime that infused the qualities of his haughty temperament.

After what seemed to have reshaped his life, Jackson pushed for a prominent career and spanked it with a basketball dream. He trained as a basketball professional and relocated to Philadelphia to enrol in Rocktop Academy. It was termed successful until nature struck him very badly_ he was forced to leave the Academy after he was diagnosed with a heart murmur. This however even worsened his haughty temperament and he succumbed to the street life.

Popularly, most of the aspirations of every street citizen in Brooklyn are to rap and emerge at a height everyone would admire. This was all Jackson dreamt for and pushed for his musical career. He was however assigned to music life following how he played the drums in his local church during his childhood.

Life began to change for Jackson after he was opportune to tour with one of the American influential artists, Jay Gwuapo who took him to the studio just for a tour.

However, his opportunity to try his talent for the first time was spanked when his fellow rapper Jay Gwuapo got extremely high on drugs and fell asleep. Jackson used the opportunity and invaded the booth rapping with his YouTube beat for the first time in his life. After several attempts in different studios and platforms like mobile phones and gadgets, his musical qualities infused and he became a professional.

His deep voice even assisted his musical qualities via how so many people fell in love with his roars and minor chants in his music. He was recognised as a professional.

After a few years of a thrilling career, Jackson’s death spurred. It was alleged that his teenage gang known famously as the crips_ a notorious gang in America known famously for drug dealing and other criminal activities invaded his hotel in the Hollywood Hills and shoot him several times.

However, the police alleged that the victims behind his death confessed that his death occurred as a result of wrong home robbery by heavily armed five men.

It began hours after Jackson released his mixtape that topped so many charts within an hour. In excitement, he unveiled his location on a Facebook post of his where he blissfully showed a view of the Hollywood Hills his rented hotel was located.

During the night, on February 19, 2020, at 4: 30 am prompt, 5 heavily armed men invaded his home through the second stairs and murdered him by shooting him multiple times.

According to the woman who witnessed the massacre, she bitterly outlined that Pop Smoke was in the bathroom when they broke into the house, pointed a gun on her head and ordered her to shut up or else they would end her life. In fear, she did just that but couldn’t withstand the fright after she heard pop smoke roaring and screaming in the bathroom several times before escaping through the balcony running down the stair with wounds where he was shot again and again. She also recounted that she knew exactly when Pop Smoke fell very flat after being shot multiple times before she overcame her fears and began to scream with no hope of saving her life any longer.

However, before the shooting, The LAPD received news of the home invasion from a call from the East Coast. When the police arrived at the scene Pop Smoke was found lying helplessly unconscious on the ground still breathing in an aghast view of several gunshots. He was rushed to the hospital where he was announced dead two days after the massacre. The medical team further confirmed that Pop Smoke died from a gunshot wound to the torso which no one on earth could ever survive.

Several months after the drama, the police arrested 4 suspects where the youngest of all who is 15 years old admitted that they murdered the rapper over his jewelleries which they sold in a whopping amount of over $2,000.


Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy who is known popularly by his stage name xxxtentacion was another young top American rapper who couldn’t live to enjoy his fame.

He was born on January 23, 1998, in a family at Plantation, Florida, the U.S. where he grew up and spent almost the time of his life. He was however recognised as an arrogant growing child in his town following several exploitive temperaments he condoned while he was growing up.

His musical career began just while he was released from his juvenile detention centre after a while, he ventured into writing songs and rapping in his own style which issued him prominent in Soundcloud and he became famous.

xxxtentacion Grave

However, Ricardo never wanted to drop his haughty temperaments and created a cult specialised in the image of his haughty temperaments. It went viral and many fans of his were exploited.

His music recounted on depression and other inventions in the rap curriculum inviting musical versatility exploring emo, trap, lo-fi, indie rock, nu-metal, hip hop, R&B, and punk rock which paved way for other artists like Juice Wrld establishing his genre even much better.

In 2014, he also formed the underground collective Members Only and alongside other members of the collective that became a popular figure in SoundCloud. His legacy erupted pretty much rapid. He went further boosting his career more and even at the highest peak one can imagine. Ranging from his top-notch songs like Sad! To the iconic energetic stage performances he condoned in few years after his fame, Ricardo’s fan base infuses and he was recognised as one of the most-streamed rappers in America.

Xxxtentacion son whom he never saw

Unfortunately, Ricardo’s haughty temperaments spanked his death. Just like the rappers, Ricardo found thriller on showing off bundles of cash and a luxurious lifestyle on social media. This however attracted many enemies to his personality and they were all against his goals of life.

According to several sources, Ricardo was denied exiting Riva Motorsports Motorcycle & Marine Superstore in Deerfield Beach, Florida At 3:56 p.m EDT on June 18, 2018, by a black Dodge Journey SUV. Two heavily armed men broke out from the SUV and attacked Ricardo who was seated at his car front seat where he was shot several times after a short struggle with them.

They drove off from the scene looting his small Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 leaving Ricardo struggle for his life in pain after they ghastly shot him.

Ricardo was later transported by paramedics to the nearby Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach, where he was announced dead from bizarre gunshot injuries in his throat.

The unpopular tragic part of this was that Ricardo couldn’t live to name or see his unborn child carried by her pregnant wife as of then. It’s also bliss to announce that his son is all grown up now.

His fellow rapper Jimmy Wopo was also shot dead in a drive-by shooting with the suspected murderers who were alleged to have murdered Ricardo some minutes after shooting Wopo.

Lil Peep

Lil Peep also fell to the category of the new century rappers who couldn’t live to enjoy his fame.

The American rapper who is known poorly as Gustav Elijah Åhr on 1st November 1996, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. His origin was pretty much frustrating following how his parents who are alleged to be the graduate of Harvard University divorce when he was just 14.

He was raised by his mother so his early life was a bit challenging. Dreaming to emerge as a successful teen, he attended Lindell Elementary School and Long Beach High School in Lido Beach, New York where he was recognised as an unserious student who would emerge as the best student every year. However, at a point, he dropped out for a solo life but acquired his diploma through an online class.

After what seems to have emerged for nearly a decade, Lil peep began the journey of his musical aspirations and career.

He began singing, rapping and posting them on Youtube and SoundCloud where he gained recognition and earned a rigid fan base. His musical genre was exceptional and was also modified with some astonishing views of new musical qualities.

He sold out many concerts and tremendous hit singles which reshaped his standard to a higher peak.

However, this fame and good life never lasted. Despite his higher standard and lifestyle, Lil Peep suffered from drug addiction, Depression and Bipolar disorder.

On November 15, 2017, was found dead in his tour bus after his manager checked on him in preparation for that night’s performance at a Tucson, Arizona venue. This arose after the rapper had an overdose of psilocybin mushrooms and cannabis concentrate ingested in him earlier before the show.

Even before the show, Lil Peep posted a video on his Instagram handle where he claimed that he has consumed over 6 pills of Xanax before successfully swallowing an unidentified pill which looked pretty much dangerous. He further went ahead and captioned that when he dies everyone would love him.

In his words, he said:

“When I die, you’ll love me” 

According to his manager who recounted his death, he revealed that they were about to storm the Arizona venue for an important when Lil Peep fell asleep as a result of too much different hard drug consumption. He checked on him two times and found him breathing comfortably before he unluckily found him dead during his third check-up.

Lil Peep Manager performed Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest) before he was announced dead at the scene.

According to the medical team, Lil Peep died of an accidental overdose due to the effects of the pain medication fentanyl and the benzodiazepine alprazolam. His Blood tests were positive for cannabis, cocaine and the painkiller Tramadol while his Urine tests also showed the presence of multiple powerful opioids, including hydrocodone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone and oxymorphone.

His die-hard fans and other celebrities moaned his death after he was announced dead.

Nipsey Hussle

Ermias Joseph Asghedom who is known famously as Nipsey Hussle in doubt is recognised as one of the young American rappers who died young.

Hussle was born on August 15, 1985, in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California. Growing up, he was raised in the Crenshaw neighbourhood of South Los Angeles alongside his brother and sister who are also recognised as an influencer citizens.

He further attended Alexander Hamilton High School in the nearby Castle Heights neighbourhood but drooped out amidst his dream to rock the world.

At the age of 14, he joined one of the most dangerous groups in Los Angeles known famously as the Crips_ a sub-group of the larger Crips gang primarily based in his home neighbourhood of Crenshaw. His life changed and he was focused on securing big bags of money. He further changed his name to a reforming call known as Nipsey Hussle.

At the age of 17, Nipsey was already embossed with the aspiration to become a successful rapper after joining Buttervision, a creative multimedia Digital Guerrilla movement led by Dexter Browne.

Releasing multiple hit singles, he became known by all and earned a rigid fan base which thrust his career and he was recognised as the best despite his young age.

However, life never favoured him unlimitedly following the call of nature denied him long life and space on earth to enjoy what he has achieved.

On March 31 2019, 33-year-old Hussle was shot over 10 times in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles at 3:18 p.m which was said to have created gunshot words of greatly aghast complications like: a shot to his right chest, a shot that entered into his abdomen near his navel and severed his spinal cord, a gunshot wound to the right side of his back that penetrated into his chest and struck his lung, and a gunshot wound to “the posterior top” of his scalp.

The murderers even further kicked Hussle on the head at the point of his struggle to death_ making sure he didn’t survive the assassination until they drove away.

Other rappers alongside him was also wounded and they were all transported to the nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead by the medical team at 3:55 pm.

However before the incident happened, felloww rapper GBO Gaston claimed to have killed Nipsey Hussle on an Instagram post before the suspected perpetrator was arrested. GBO Gaston was then neglected after they arrested the actual suspect Police identified then-29-year-old Eric Ronald Holder Jr.

The crime saga investigators believed that Eric Ronald was a very close associate with Nipsey and the shooting may have erupted from personal misunderstandings.

He was further detained for judgement. According to reports, he is still condoning his trial to date.

Mac Miller

Malcolm James McCormick who is known popularly as Mac Miller is another victim of sudden death who couldn’t live to enjoy his fame.

He was born on January 19, 1992, in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S, where he grew up and acquired his secondary and higher education.

He started his musical career in Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of fifteen before he was signed to independent label Rostrum Records where he released his debut mixtapes K.I.D.S. in 2010 and Best Day Ever in 2011 which thrilled an enormous number people and he gained a rigid fan base.  His identity was recognised by many and he gained his musical breakthrough.

Miller’s debut album Blue Slide Park which he released in 2011 the first independently distributed debut album to top the US Billboard 200 since 1995.

After finding his own record label referred to as remember me, Miller, further released over four hit albums which reshaped his status and he was recognised as the best.

Miller’s death sparked a short while he enjoyed his firm after what seemed to be a blink of buoyancy.

On September 7 2018, Miller was found unconscious in his recording room by his personal assistant who called 911 and they performed CPR until the Medical team arrived.

He was announced dead at the scene hours they tried to save his life via the power of their medical qualities. He was however has been scheduled for a video shoot on the day of his death and a possible tour of his album swimming before he was pronounced dead.

On November 5, 2018, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, announced that miller died from an overdose of hard drugs tagged with “mixed drug toxicity” of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol.

In September, three men were arrested for distributing hard drugs like counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl two days before his death. This brutally destroyed his body system to an extent that his cells couldn’t contain it. Cameron James Pettit, allegedly sold the drug to miller while Ryan Reavis ran the business supplied by Stephen Walter.

Miller allegedly requested a painkiller and they supplied him with hard drugs that contained oxycodone, cocaine and Xanax just as he prescribed. He however didn’t survive its reaction.

Miller’s funeral raised over $700,000 and $50,000 which was used to help young lads suffering from drug addiction in tribute to Miller’s death.

Despite his early departure, mac Miller sang most of his flaws and weaknesses which have best described his qualities. He sang about depression and his flaws hard drugs transmitting to his listeners his dream to stop his addiction.

Mac Miller included his sister, mother and father in his will which means that they are the beneficiaries of his wealth. Despite his sudden death, mac miller has acquired a name, every single artist who is an upcoming artiste dream to have while striving all day for a good peak.

There’s no doubt about his qualities, it’s unfortunate how he couldn’t live to enjoy his fame during his time on the earth.

Lil Marlo

The American born singer and songwriter Marlo also fell victim to one of the American fast-rising stars who couldn’t live to enjoy their fame.

He became famous after featuring the Migos and Lil Baby, going for live shows and performing in clubs around the united states with his PFK crew.

This all happened when he signed to the Quality control record label in late 2017 and released his first mixtape called The Wire that boosted his confidence.

Rudolph Johnson however didn’t leave to enjoy his fame after he was shot dead by unknown gunmen while driving on the highway.

The rapper was found dead after the police responded to a call about a car accident on Interstate 285 in downtown Atlanta at 2:06 am on Sunday.

When they arrived,  they found out that the man behind the car accident was Lil Marlo who has been involved in a targeted shooting.

They found lots of gunshot wounds on his body and confirmed that he must have been shot about minutes before he crashed trying to survive. he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police currently don’t know if it was a drive-by shooting, whether he was shot by someone who was in the car with him, or whether he was shot somewhere else and crashed while he was driving away.

After the police, his death was announced by his close fellow rapper Lil Yachty who took to his Instagram handle and paid his tribute.

According to his claim, he alleged that they have just recorded a song before he was shot dead by alleged highway shooters.

Sharing a picture of the late star and his tribute, he wrote:

“We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1.”

Other rappers paid their tribute and condolences to his family which boosted the Internet.

The rapper was confirmed to be 30 years old and has survived with his children. Two sons and a daughter who unfortunately passed away in 2019.

King Von

Von’s musical skill earned him everything life could offer with good taste despite his young age but death didn’t allow him to enjoy it.

Dayvon Daquan Bennett who was born on August 9, 1994, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. was an American rapper and songwriter who couldn’t live to enjoy his fame.

He was signed to Lil Durk’s record label, Only the Family and Empire Distribution where he boosted his confidence and emerged as a professional via the music field, rapping none stop.

Von however is an established haughty boy who found joy in some haggard and arrogant temperaments. This was thrust by his father’s death. King Von was raised by his father who single handley provided shelter and foods for him until he was unfortunately shot dead when Von was 11.

This memory reshaped Von into a confident fearless boy with the ambition to emerge at the top despite the challenges.

At the age of 16, Von went to jail after being charged of murder and terrors despite that it’s was alleged. In 2014, he was accused of a shooting that killed one and wounded another. Von was eventually acquitted after a trial by jury.

After what seemed to be an eternity of terrors and Jailing, King Von swerved into thriving for good goals. He found his peak in rapping and rapped with lil Durk in many songs until lil Durk signed him to his record label known famously as OTF (Only The Family.

Just days after he was signed to Lil Durk record label, Von released his breakthrough single, Crazy story which boosted his fan base. He further released enough songs and emerged at the top.

Despite the beauty of his qualities, he couldn’t live to enjoy his fame. He was shot dead during an altercation with Quando Rondo in an Atlanta nightclub.

On November 6, 2020, at around 2:15 am, Bennett was involved in an altercation with Quando Rondo in an Atlanta nightclub. This feud, unfortunately, swerved into gunfire and he was gun down.

He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported that three people were killed. Four people were wounded. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder before King Von was buried in his hometown of Chicago on November 14, 2020.

Fred The Godson

Frederick Thomas who is known famously as Fred the Godson also couldn’t live to enjoy the great curriculum he has already created.

He was born on 22 February 1985, in South Bronx, New York, the United States where he grew up and acquired his education.

Frederick started his musical goals in the early 2000s deploying enough freestyles that boosted his confidence in the music game.

His music was characterised by his husky voice, humorous wordplay, and creative rhymes. He recorded and released his first music tape Armageddon in 2010, featuring samples of The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes and Cam’ron. He further released his second music tape City of God, which was one of a series for DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz, and featuring Pusha T and Raekwon.

This even reshaped his life and he was recognised as one of the best in what he following how he soared the image of the American music fame via his qualities.

His death however didn’t allow him to enjoy his secured prominent life after he was said to have contracted the deadly pandemic coronavirus which ended his life.

However, he was diagnosed with acute asthma and kidney problems, after contracting COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York (state).

On April 6 2020 his fever adapted in the hospital as announced by his team and Instagram. By April 9, His wife told the media that she was concerned he was going to die, but the next day claimed he was going to survive and was being weaned from a ventilator.

Her dream was never spanked after Thomas died at Montefiore Medical Center on April 23, 2020, due to complications of the COVID-19.

He was survived by his wife, LeeAnn Jemmott and two daughters who we are yet to identify. He was just 35 years old.


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