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The Notorious B.I.G. once rapped, "I wonder if I died / Would tears come to her eyes / Forgive me for my disrespect / Forgive me for my lies." Biggie, we forgive you. Several famous rappers and hip-hop stars have unfortunately passed away. This list ranks the best of them. Some of these musicians were shot during an illegal activity, while others died of natural causes. Two famous rappers are suspected to have died in conjunction with the East/West rap rivalry of the 1990s.

Who is the best rapper who is already dead? Tupac Shakur tops our list. Tupac died on September 13, 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas. He was 25 years old. The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997 after being murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Though many believe that his death was retaliation for the murder of Tupac, no arrests have been made in correlation with either murder. 

Adam Yauch, aka, MCA of the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012 after a three year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old. On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah was killed, along with eight others, when her flight to the Bahamas crashed shortly after takeoff. She was 22 years old.

Are you surprised that so many famous rappers have died? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Tupac Shakur All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory - Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas. He was 25 years old.

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again - The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997 after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Many believe that his death was a retaliation for Tupac's death in their ongoing East Coast/West Coast rivalry. 

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Eazy-E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Eazy-E Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E - In 1995, NWA rapper Eazy-E was diagnosed with AIDS when he went to the hospital to treat what he thought was asthma. He died from complications from AIDS less than a month later.

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Big L is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Big L The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition

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Big Pun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Big Pun Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species - Big Pun died on February 7, 2000 after suffering a fatal heart attack in New York. He struggled with maintaining a healthy weight for much of his life.

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Nate Dogg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Nate Dogg Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics - Nate Dogg died March 15, 2011 due to complications with multiple strokes. He was 41 years old.

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Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) - Ol' Dirty Bastard died on November 13, 2004 from a drug overdose at the age of 35.

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Proof is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop - Proof was shot and killed in Detroit on April 11, 2006. He was 32 years old.

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J Dilla is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
J Dilla Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid - J Dilla died as the result of a blood disease on February 10, 2006.

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Guru is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Guru Jazzmatazz, Volume 1, Guru's Jazzmatazz - Guru died on April 19, 2010 after falling into a coma after having surgery due to cardiac arrest.

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Mac Dre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Mac Dre The Genie of the Lamp, Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Aaliyah Aaliyah, One in a Million, I Care 4 U - On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed when her airplane crashed shortly after takeoff. She was 22 years old. 

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Capital STEEZ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Capital STEEZ King Steelo

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Pimp C is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Pimp C The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, Pimpalation, The Sweet James Jones Stories

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Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Heavy D Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy - Heavy D died on November 8, 2011 after experiencing a a pulmonary embolism. He was 44 years old.

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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Lisa Lopes Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was involved in a fatal car accident in Honduras on April 25, 2002. A documentary, entitled The Last Days of Left Eye, was made in commemeration.

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Phife Dawg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Phife Dawg Ventilation: Da LP, Flawless

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Adam Yauch Drum Machine - Adam Yauch, aka, MCA of the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012 after a three year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

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Soulja Slim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Soulja Slim The Streets Made Me, Years Later... A Few Months After, Years Later - Soulja Slim died on November 26, 2003 after being shot four times in New Orleans. He was 26 years old.

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Prodigy H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2

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Sean Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Sean Price Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems

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DJ Screw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
DJ Screw Fallen Soldiers, 3 'n the Mornin': Part Two, Royalty of Rap

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Eyedea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Eyedea The Many Faces of Oliver Hart (Or How Eye One the Write Too Think), Afraid to Dream

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Lil Snupe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Lil Snupe Lil Snupe died after being shot in the chest on June 20, 2013.

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Jason Mizell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Jason Mizell Jason Mizell, aka, Jam Master Jay, was shot and killed on October 30, 2002. His murder remains unsolved.

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Chuck D is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Chuck D Autobiography of Mistachuck, Rock da Funky Beats / Dance With You, An Interview With Chuck D

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Joe C. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Joe C. Kid Rock associate Joe C. died in his sleep on November 16, 2000. He suffered from coeliac disease which may have caused his dwarfism, which in turn caused a variety of additional medical conditions.

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Speaker Knockerz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Speaker Knockerz

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E Dubble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
E Dubble His Hop Is Good, Two Tone Rebel, & Freestyle Fridays - E Dubble Died Feb 13 2017 at age 34, he had an infection that statred in his hand and eventually spreaded through out his entire body leading up to his death  

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Meek Mill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Meek Mill Nothing But Flamerz (clean), DreamChasers, Flamers 2: Hottest In Tha City - Got Lyrically Murdered by Drake in 2015 

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Chris Kelly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Chris Kelly Chris Kelly died from a drug overdose on May 1, 2013. He had cocaine, heroin and other drugs in his system at the time of his death.

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Stretch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead

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Freaky Tah is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Freaky Tah Freaky Tah died on March 28, 1999. He was shot in the back of the head.

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Stack Bundles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Stack Bundles

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Camoflauge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Camoflauge Strictly 4 da Streets: Drugs Sex and Violence, Vol. 1, Keepin It Real - On May 19, 2003, Camoflauge died after being gunned down. He was only 21 years old.

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Big Moe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Big Moe The Best of Big Moe, City of Syrup, Purple World - Big Moe died on October 14, 2007 after suffering a heart attack which left him in a week-long coma.

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Lil Phat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Lil Phat Turn the Beat Up, What's Happenin' - On June 7, 2012, Lil Phat died after being shot multiple times outside of a hospital where his son was about to be born.

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Magnolia Shorty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Magnolia Shorty Monkey on tha D$ck - Magnolia Shorty died on December 20, 2010 after being shot over 25 times in a drive-by shooting.

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Big Bank Hank is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Big Bank Hank The Sugarhill Gang rapper Big Bank Hank died on November 11, 2014 from kidney complications due to cancer.

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Lil Home State is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Lil Home State too shit to have any - got lyrically killed by A Steven, Kid Mil, Mad Joe and Hmoney. he was a very shit rapper

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Half a Mill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Half a Mill

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Dolla is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Dolla Who the Fuck Is That? - Dolla was shot to death on May 18, 2009 at the age of 21.

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MC Trouble is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
MC Trouble Gotta Get a Grip - MC Trouble suffered from epilepsy since birth. On June 4, 1992, she died after experiencing heart failure induced by a seizure.

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DJ Rashad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
DJ Rashad Double Cup, Teklife, Volume 1: Welcome to the Chi - DJ Rashad died on April 26, 2014 of a drug overdose. He was 34 years old.

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Slim Jesus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Slim Jesus

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Chinx Drugz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead

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Sandman Bcbg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Sandman Bcbg

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Camu Tao is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Camu Tao Blair Cosby: Cape Cod - Going for De Gold, Blair Cosby's: Cereal Carpens ('97 Season), Blair Cosby II: The Wali Era - Camu Tao died from lung cancer on May 25, 2008.

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Da Dough is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead
Da Dough they are all shit albums anyway - He was full of shit and had a bad flow. A Steven, Fuck u records and The Wild Boyz killed him with real lyrcilism 

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