This list contains information about rappers who have been shot, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous rappers from New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit have been shot. Some of these famous hip-hop stars survived their shootings, while others perished as a result. Two of the most famous shootings involving rappers never resulted in anyone being charged.
Who is the most famous rapper who has been shot? Tupac Shakur tops our list. On September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He passed six days later. His slaying remains unsolved to this day. On March 9, 1997, The Notorious B.I.G. was shot in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His slaying also remains unsolved.
Several famous rappers survived being shot. On May 24, 2000, 50 Cent was shot nine times at close range. He spent 13 days in the hospital treating his wounds. When he was 15 years old, Timbaland was accidentally shot by a co-worker. He was left partially immobile for nine months.
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Lil' Wayne admitted that he attempted to take his own life when he was only 12 years old. He said that he found a gun in his mother's house in New Orleans and shot himself in the chest, just barely missing his heart.
Birthplace: Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of Americasee more on Lil Wayne
On March 9, 1997, The Notorious B.I.G. was shot in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. The case behind his passing is still not solved.
Age: Dec. at 25 (1972-1997)
Birthplace: Clinton Hill, New York City, New York, USA
Cause Of Death: Firearm, Gunshot
Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of Americasee more on The Notorious B.I.G.
On June 18, 2018, 21-year-old rapper Jimmy Wopo — born Travon Smart — was slain in a drive-by shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Another person was with Wopo and was transported to the local hospital in stable condition. The Pittsburgh Police released an official statement regarding the incident:
At approximately, 4:22 pm officers arrived in the 2400 block of Wylie Avenue for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers observed two males suffering from gunshot wounds inside a vehicle in the middle of the street. The vehicle was struck several times. Initial reports indicate this was an isolated incident. Both victims were transported to the hospital. One victim was transported in critical condition and later [passed] at the hospital. The other victim was transported in stable condition. There are no other reported [maimings] and no reports of damage to any nearby property.
Wopo's manager, Taylor Maglin, confirmed his passing on Facebook and lamented the loss of his friend:
I lost my brother today and it's the worst feeling in the world. He was destined for greatness and he wanted the best for his friends, family, and community. We lost a great person today, but just know I will do everything in my power to make his memory live on forever. Love you bro. #LongLiveWopo.
Wopo became popular after his 2016 single "Elm Street" blew up on social media.see more on Jimmy Wopo