List of all the rappers who have died - Excerpts from "The Rapper Deathstyle"

In our profession we try to shy away from any spotlight on negativity or anything that degrades the integrity of Hip-hop, but sometimes the light must swing towards the stuff we don't want to see. Its hard enough to make it in this business let alone make a living doing what you love, but to add to that weight of living with life's diseases and unpredictable tragedies that one day you wont make it to see your kids grow or have to add that grief on the shoulders of your loved ones is a difficult space. I bumped into this log in my research and hope this reminds us that we must get back to making music, being responsible and realizing for all we know, this life is a one turn only. Keep in mind this not including those wounded whom survived, Others who aren't as known or brothers who passed in jail or those doing life in jail as well as most of the other hip-hop contributors like b-boys, artist, Producers or DJ's in the hip-hop/rap arena.

God bless us all.

Rapper Scot Sterling (aka Scot La Rock), whose debut album was titled "Criminal Minded," died in August 1987 at age 25 of a gunshot wound.

King Tubby, who invented the dubbing process that was popularized by rappers, was murdered in 1989 when he was 58 years old.

Rapper Michael Menson, of the group Double Trouble died in 1989 at age 29 when a gang soaked him in gasoline and set him afire. Double Trouble had a hit that same year titled "Street Tuff."

Cowboy (Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5) Died On Saturday, September 8 1989, of complications from HIV AIDS. He was two weeks shy of his 39th birthday.

MC Rock, rapper with The Almighty RSO, was stabbed to death in 1990 at roughly age 28.

Trouble T-Roy (Troy Dixon), rapper with Heavy D and the Boyz, fell off a balcony after a concert in 1990 at age 22.

Brandon Mitchell, rapper with Wreckx-N-Effect, was shot to death in 1990 at about age 20 during an argument over a woman.

Rapper Michael Robinson (a.k.a. The Mac) was shot dead in Vallejo, California, in about 1990 while sitting in his car with his pregnant girlfriend. He was about 20 years old.

Charizma, rapper with Peanut Butter Wolf, was shot to death in 1993 at age 20.

Deah Dame, rapper with Damian Dame, died in a car crash in 1994 at age 35.

in 1994, the fourth member of Graveyard Shift, "Lil Boo The Caretaker" was murdered in a drive-by shooting as he jumped in front of his younger cousin to shield him.

Eazy-E (Eric Wright) of N.W.A., one of the founders of Gangsta rap, died of AIDS in 1995 at age 31.

Mr. Cee, rapper with R.B.L. Posse (Ruthless By Law), died after being shot nine times on New Year's morning of 1996 at about age 30.

Rapper Hitman (Ricky Herd), of R.B.L Posse was also shot to death in 1995 at age 24.

Randy Walker (aka Stretch), of Live Squad, died of unknown cause in 1995 at age 27.

Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac, Makaveli), a gangsta rap superstar who founded the Outlawz Immortalz after he was released from prison in 1995, was shot to death a year later at age 25.

Yafeu Fula (aka Yaki Kadafi, Young Hollywood), of the Outlawz Immortalz, was shot to death in 1996 two months after the group's founder Tupac Shakur. He was shot by a cousin of Napoleon, another member of Outlawz.

Rapper Seagram Miller was shot to death in Oakland, California, in August 1996 at age 26.

Paul "Tombstone" O'Neill, soul of the Graveyard Shift, was gunned down on the front lawn of his fiance's house. (August 31, 1997)

Rappin' Ron of Oakland, California, who recorded with Cell Block Records, died of a car crash in January 1997.

Rapper Young Lay of Vallejo, California, barely survived a gunshot wound to the head in 1997, but his baby was kidnapped and his live-in girlfriend died in an arson house fire.

Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) (real name Christopher Wallace), gangsta rapper, was shot to death in 1997 at age 24. This was only three years after the release of his successful album "Ready to Die."

San Francisco Rapper JoJo White of Bored Stiff was shot to death in 1997.

Rapper DJ Caravan of FunkSoulJaz died in 1997 of unknown cause.

Gangsta Rapper Dion Stewart (aka The True Lesson Giver) of the duo Black Dynasty was shot to death while trying to rob a convenience store in 1997 at about age 30.

Fat Pat (Patrick Hawkins), rapper who recorded immoral songs, was shot to death in 1998 at age 26.

Rapper DJ Crazy Rak died in 1998 in a hotel fire in San Francisco. He was about 32 years old.

Luis "Papo" Deschamps, rapper with Sandy y Papo, died in a car crash in 1999 at age 23.

Malcolm Howard, rapper with 4 Black Faces, was shot to death execution style in 1999 at roughly age 30.

MC Big L (Lamont Coleman), rapper with Diggin' In the Crates Crew, was shot to death outside his home in 1999 at age 23.

Rapper MC Ant was shot to death in 1999 at roughly age 35.

Karnail Pitts (aka Bugz), of D12, died after he was shot three times and run over with a car in an altercation in 1999. He was about 30 years old.

Freaky Tah (Raymond Rogers), member of Lost Boyz, was shot to death while leaving a nightclub in New York City at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning in March 1999 at age 27.

Matthew Roberts of Blaggers I.T.A. died in February 2000 at age 36 of drug related causes.

Q-Don (Raeneal Quann), rapper, was shot to death outside a Philadelphia nightclub in April 2000 at roughly age 30.

Yusef Afloat Muhammad, rapper with The Nonce, was found dead alongside a Los Angeles freeway in May 2000 at roughly age 28.

Big Pun (aka Big Punisher) (born Christopher Rios) died in 2000 of a heart attack at age 28.

Johnny Burns (aka Mausburg) was robbed and shot to death in his hometown of Compton, California, in 2000 at age 21.

Bruce Mayfield (aka Chip Banks and Bankie), rapper with The American Cream Team, was shot to death over a money dispute in November 2000 at age 30.

DJ Screw (Robert Davis, Jr.), inventor of a hypnotic, slowed-down, style of rap music, died in November 2000 of a drug-induced heart attack at age 30.

Erik Carson (aka Eclipse) was shot to death at 1:30 a.m. on November 14, 2000, in Oakland, California, at age 23.

Bruce Washington (aka Hussein Fatal), of the Outlawz, was imprisoned in 2000 for slashing a person's face and stomach and another person's arm and chest with a box cutter.

Lloyd "Mooseman" Roberts, rapper who worked with Iggy Pop, Ice-T, and Body Count, died in a drive by shooting in February 2001 at roughly age 28.

Prince Ital Joe, reggae and rapper who worked with Tupac and Snoop Dogg, died in a car crash in May 2001 at age 37 or 38.

Tonnie Sheppard, rapper and cousin of rapper Haf-A-Mil, was stabbed to death in a recording studio during a fight with studio executives in May 2001 at age 38 or 39.

Coughnut, rapper with Ill Mannered Posse, died in a car crash in September 2001 at age 33. The crash Also killed two other people, including rapper D Mac.

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, singer with rap group TLC, died in a car crash in April 2002 at age 30. A few days before her own death, Lisa had hit and killed a 10-year-old boy with her car in Honduras.

Jam Master Jay, rapper with the popular group Run-DMC, was shot to death in his recording studio in October 2002 at age 37 by an unknown assailant. T

On Thanksgiving Eve November 26, 2003, Rappy Soulja Slim was en route to a performance when an unknown gunman shot him three times in the face, and once in the chest, in front of his mother's home in the 8th Ward/Gentilly area.

Rapper Speedy Loc died of an unreported medical condition on June 13, 2003. He was about 30 years old.

B Brazy of Damu Ridaz died in 2003 of unknown cause. He was about 25.

San Francisco rapper Double D (Darrel Anderson) was killed in August 2003. He was about 30.
Rapper Lil Bo was killed in 2003 at about age 25.

In November 2003, Anthony "Wolf" Jones," 38-year-old former bodyguard for "P. Diddy" Combs, was shot to death in a gunfight outside an Atlanta nightclub. $7,000 was found on Jones' body. J

In December 2003, federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna was gunned down during the trial of rapper Deon Lionnel Smith, who was accused of running a violent drug ring.

Rapper Freako of Ghetto Stars was shot to death in February 2004 at about age 25.

Rapper Juston Potts (aka Kanyva) murdered his promoter on June 7, 2004, because "she told him he didn't have the talent to sell records" ("Aspiring rapper arrested in killing," San Francisco Chronicle, June 8, 2004).

Rapper Holy Quran was shot and killed in 2004. He was about 25.

Russell Tyrone Jones (aka Ol' Dirty Bastard), of Wu-Tang Clan, died in November 2004 of a drug overdose at age 36.

Rapper Andre Hicks (aka Mac Dre or Dr. Dre) was shot to death in 2004 at age 34. A news report said,

Rapper Anthony Watkins (aka Fat Tone) of Kansas City was shot to death in 2005 at age 24. He was murdered by rapper Mac Minister because he was suspected to have murdered Andrew Hicks (Mac Dre) the previous year.

Buffy (Fat Boys) Death: on December 10, 1995, Darren "Buffy, the Human Beatbox" Robinson died of a heart attack in Rosedale, New York. He was 28 years old and reportedly 450 lbs.

Producer/Rapper J Dilla died of Lupus, on February 10, 2006, at his home in Los Angeles, California

Deshaun Holton (aka Proof), of D12, was shot to death at a bar in Detroit in April 2006 at age 32.
Proof first shot 35-year-old Keith Bender in the head and then was shot by an unknown third party.

Rapper Big Hawk (John Edward Hawkins) of Houston, Texas, of DJ Screw's Screwed up Click, was shot to death in May 2006 at age 36. His brother, Patrick Hawkins (aka Fat Pat), was shot to death in 1998 when he was in his 20s.

In February 2006 Busta Rhymes bodyguard Israel Ramirez was shot to death.

Stack Bundles (Rayquon Elliot), "an up-and-coming New York rapper" affiliated with Byrd Gang Records, was shot to death in June 2007 at 5 a.m. in the morning outside his home after partying all night with friends. He was 24.

Rapper Skee 64 (Toby Rios) died in March 2007 at about age 28.

Rapper Woodie of San Francisco died in March 2007 of unknown cause at about age 35.

Two members of the rap group Damu Ridaz were shot and killed in 2007 while in their 20s. B-Brazy and G Spider were both shot and killed at different times by Mexican gangs.

Rapper Lil Hawk of Damu Ridaz is in prison serving a life sentence.

Rapper Pimp C died of an overdoes of Sizzurp (search on google) and of a condition known as sleep
apnea, which causes a person to stop breathing during sleep on Dec, 12 2007

Rapper Karizma of San Jose, California, California,

Rapper Plan B of Oakland, Black Cee of San Francisco,

Rapper Black C,

DJ Co V C of Funxsouljaz,

Rapper 4-1-So-Sicc-Ass-Rell of Cold World Hustlers,

Rapper Lil' Bo,

Rapper Billboard of Black Wall Street

Rapper Woodie (2007).

Grym Reaper aka Too Poetic (Gravediggaz) Died from cancer On Sunday, July 15, 2001, almost two years longer than the time he was given by the doctors.

Rapper Cam'ron's cousin, Bloodshed from the group children of the corn, died in a fatal car accident.

Rapper/producer Camu Tao died May 25th, 2008 following a long, private battle with lung Cancer. He was 30 years old.

Rapper Cavlar father of three, whose real name is Leval Lyde, was hit by a single shot to the chest, March 25th, 2008.

Rapper Dolla was shot and killed in an altercation outside a shopping mall in Los Angeles on Monday, May 18th, 2009. He was 21 years old.

Rapper Mike beck was shot dead during a robbery attempt late Friday (October 30, 2009) in Brooklyn.

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  1. This is so sad most of these young men never even made it past thirty and the ones that did make it past thirty died before they could reach forty years old.

  2. Word, i need to update and add guru...

  3. Rest in Peace to all. I knew Double D and Plan B gave me a clean fade back when he used to run with MC Pooh.

  4. Peace and blessings be upon their souls; and may their travels in the after, be progressive ones. Things like this happens in our communities all the time. They just happen to be rappers. But it helps the world recognize the problems we face daily.

  5. Terribly sad :o( My son is a rap artist and it breaks my heart to see so many young men dead...as a mother I know the heartache suffered by their families. God bless them all and keep them safe on their next journey on that side. And now another dear dear man, Nate Dogg, who's voice was so beautiful and unique is gone. Very sad. My condolences to their families.

  6. esse rapper eclipse eu vi no documentario 7mni marsal do eminem que eles iiriam cotratar ele para a gravado..... junto com 50 cent,joe bunden
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  7. nate dogg death.......................................................................

  8. i think u should put nate dogg on there.Besides that rest in peace all rappers u will not be forgotten

  9. This is so sad to see that most of the rappers didnt make it to there thirtys and if they did well they didnt really get to make it to there fourtys. My love goes to all those who have passed and will live on in the rap industry may those who did it be ashamed of themselves.. Music is love!!

  10. m bone is dead to

  11. black c isnt dead.. if he is ive been doing shows with his ghost for years lol.. hes the only living member left of the rbl posse..

  12. Most blood sacrifices guys wake up!!! The executives in the music industry are satanic and to get fame"" it costs summin let's all wake up to what's going on its not coincidence that if the artist themselves don't die a close relative/friend does?????

  13. Lol@ Blood sacrifices. Oh the paranoia.

    Rest In Peace Mont Mont (Big L)

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    You dont got Big Moe Big Mood Big Steve nd some other underground houston legends but you got screw
    maynn i remember comin across this commnt on one of Big Hawks youtube videos
    "RIP Hawk.. Still cant believe you gone.. i cant believe a piece of garbage took you away from us considering how much love you always showed people. I know you in heaven with Pat now and yall together wreckin flows while Screw on the turntables and Mo singin the hooks. Absent from the body means present with the Lord, He has united the soldiers in a better place now.. RIP Baby!!!!"
    RIP All the fallen soldiers maynn we miss ya

  15. Veal also rip ms melody of bdp

  16. Damn, what is about rappers+murder?

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  31. Michael Menson died in 97 not 89

  32. Houston Oakland Los Angeles New York lost lots of rappers. So sad


  34. What about Speaker Knockerz

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  36. No doubt your post is very informative to me. But I am surprised to see some of the rappers in prison were those who destroyed their career in rap-music completely. We can take an example of Charizma & Brandon Mitchell here.

  37. Most rappers end up in jail or dead

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