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Biggie Smalls once rapped, "It don't make sense / Goin' to Heaven with the goodie goodies / Dressed in white / I like black Timbs and black hoodies." Biggie, we hope that wherever you and these other dead rappers end up in the afterlife, you're allowed to wear your Timberland boots. Over the years, several successful rappers have died before their time due to murder, natural causes, and a variety of other reasons. Some rappers were shot and killed, while other died from complications with cancer. Several famous rappers also died after suffering heart attacks.

Who is the most famous rapper who has died? Tupac Shakur tops our list. Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996, at age 25, after being shot in Las Vegas a few days earlier. His murder remains unsolved to this day. The Notorious B.I.G., who many believe was involved with Tupac's death, died on March 9, 1997, at age 24, after being shot in an SUV. As with Pac, Biggie's murder is also unsolved.

Several famous rappers have died after losing their battles with cancer. Adam Yauch, AKA MCA from the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012, at age 47, after succumbing to a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. Guru died on April 19, 2010, at age 48, due to cancer. Guru is best known for being a part of the duo Gang Starr with DJ Premier. 

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 33 Rappers Who Died Young
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The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997, at age 24, after being shot in an SUV.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap, Mafioso rap

Albums: Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again, Duets: The Final Chapter, Greatest Hits, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Uptown Records, Bad Boy Records

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#75 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#18 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

#4 on The Rappers with the Dirtiest Rhymes

#3 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 33 Rappers Who Died Young
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Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996, at age 25, after being shot in Las Vegas a few days earlier.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop

Albums: All Eyez on Me, Me Against the World, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, Still I Rise, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z..., + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Amaru Entertainment, Death Row Records, Interscope Records

Career Began: Marin City, California, United States of America

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#32 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#4 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#7 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

#74 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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Prodigy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 33 Rappers Who Died Young
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On June 20, 2017, Prodigy died at 42 from complications related to his sickle-cell anemia in Las Vegas, Nevada after having been hospitalized a few days earlier. He was performing in the Art of Rap Tour in Las Vegas with Havoc, Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One and Ice-T when he was hospitalized.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap

Albums: H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, Albert Einstein, Product of the 80's, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: G-Unit Records, E1 Music

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#66 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#41 on The Dopest Rappers of the '90s

#72 on The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 33 Rappers Who Died Young
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Adam Yauch, AKA MCA from the Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012, at age 47, after succumbing to a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node.

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Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock, Rapcore, Alternative rock, + more

Albums: Drum Machine

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Def Jam Recordings, Grand Royal, Capitol Records

Career Began: New York City, New York, United States of America

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#58 on The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

#18 on The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead

#11 on Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked

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