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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Young Dolph died in a shooting in Memphis, Tennessee on November 17, 2021. He was 36.
“All of us at APA are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our dear friend and client, Young Dolph. The world has lost an icon, a great man and beloved artist who has been taken too soon. His dedication, drive, hard work, and loyalty to all those around him always came first and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this most difficult time," a representative from APA Agency said in a statement to Variety.
The shooting took place at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies in South Memphis. The store owner said Young Dolph walked in to buy cookies when someone drove up, shot, and killed him around 1 p.m., FOX News 13 reported. He had previously been shot in September 2017, outside of a store in Hollywood.
- Born: Dec. at 36 (1985-2021)
- Birthplace: Chicago, IL
On June 19th, E! News reported that rapper Tray Savage had been shot dead in Chicago. He was 26. In the article, they write that "Multiple outlets report that Tray was driving his girlfriend to her house in the area at the time of the shooting." and noted the statement from the Chicago PD that he had been "shot in the neck and shoulder." There were no suspects at the time of the report, and an investigation was being held.
Savage is known not just for solo ventures but also for being a member of Chief Keef's Glo Gang.
On February 19, 2020, Brooklyn rapper Bashar Barakah Jackson, better known as Pop Smoke, was pronounced dead at a hospital in West Hollywood. He was 20 years old.
Rolling Stone, among others, reported that this was a murder which occurred during a home invasion by two masked gunmen. Police were called to the home at 4:20 that morning but the gunmen were not caught and law enforcement has not publicly identified possible suspects.
In response to the death, there has been an outpouring of support online from both fans and fellow industry members, with rappers such as Nick Minaj writing, "Rest In Peace, Pop," and Republic Records releasing the statement, "Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together."
- Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
After being shot multiple times in front of his store The Marathon Clothing on March 31, 2019, Nipsey Hussle perished from his injuries.
In an interview with NPR Music in 2018, Hussle had spoken about growing up in South Central Los Angeles, saying "So to make it out mentally stable and not in prison and not on drugs, that's a win. That's a victory in itself." Hussle had been scheduled to sit down with the president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and the city’s chief of police the next day to discuss ways to stop gang violence.
- Born: 1985-08-15
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California