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.
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
Albums: Ready to Die, Life After Death, Born Again, Duets: The Final Chapter, Greatest Hits, + more
Albums: Eazy-Duz-It, It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa, Eternal E, Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin’ Compton, 5150: Home 4 tha Sick, + more
Albums: Music & Me, Welcome To The Dogg House, G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2, Nate Dogg, + more
Albums: The Big Picture, Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous, Children of the Corn: The Collector's Edition, The Archives 1996–2000, Harlem's Finest – A Freestyle History, + more
On February 15, 1999, Big L was killed in his native Harlem after being shot nine times in the face and chest in a drive-by shooting.
Albums: Capital Punishment, Yeeeah Baby, Endangered Species, The Legacy: The Best of Big Pun, It's So Hard, + more
Albums: Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are), A Son Unique, Nigga Please, + more
Albums: Aaliyah, One in a Million, I Care 4 U, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, Back & Forth, + more
Albums: Searching for Jerry Garcia, Grown Man Shit, I Miss the Hip Hop Shop, Time A Tell
Albums: H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, Albert Einstein, Product of the 80's, + more
Prodigy died June 20 2017 in Las Vegas N.V. at the age of 42 ... he died from a lifelong Battlle with Sickle-Cell Anaemia Disease, the average life expectancy ranges form 40 to 60 for people who suffer of this disease
XXXTentacion was tragically shot and killed while sitting in a car in Florida on June 18, 2018.
Albums: Supernova, Eye Legacy, N.I.N.A, The Block Party, Forever... The EP
Albums: The Marathon Continues, The Marathon, You Broke, Crenshaw, All Get Right, + more
Albums: Jazzmatazz, Volume 1, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future, Baldhead Slick and Da Click, + more
Albums: Ventilation: Da LP, Flawless
On March 22, 2016, Phife Dawg died from complications relating to diabetes at age 45.
Albums: Vibes, Waterbed Hev, Heavy, We Got Our Own Thang, This Is Your Night, + more
Albums: The Genie of the Lamp, Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game, Pill Clinton, It's Not What You Say... It's How You Say It, + more
On November 1, 2004, Mac Dre died in a drive by shooting.
Albums: King Steelo
On December 23, 2012, Capital STEEZ committed suicide by jumping off the rooftop of Cinematic Music Group headquarters in New York.
Albums: Donuts, The Shining, Jay Stay Paid, Ruff Draft, Welcome 2 Detroit, + more
Albums: The Streets Made Me, Years Later... A Few Months After, Years Later, Greatest Hitz, Give It 2 'Em Raw
Albums: The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, Pimpalation, The Sweet James Jones Stories, Greatest Hits, What Up, + more
On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead in his West Hollywood hotel room due to "purple drank" overdose.
Albums: Monkey Barz, Jesus Price Supastar, Hood Anthems, Mic Tyson, Donkey Sean Jr. (Mixed by P.F. Cuttin), + more
On August 8, 2015, Sean Price died in his sleep at age 43 due to unknown reasons.
Albums: Drum Machine