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Rappers and This Thing Called Death

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In my previous post, We talked about the number of rappers who’ve been killed for no reason. Well, here we go again,  an Atlanta rapper by the name of ‘Trouble’ was murdered just a few days ago. The Atlanta rapper whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr was signed to the Def Jam Recording label.

Mariel who was thirty-four years old was gunned down by the suspected assailant, 33-year-old Jamichael Jones, at an Apartment complex.  – Fox 5 Atlanta

Trouble was the newest rising star in hip hop. He had some breakout hits with Atlanta producer Zaytoven. Mariel will be missed by the hip hop community and those family and friends who loved him.

Why are Rappers Still Turning Up Dead?

The question that plagues us all is why is there a surge in rappers being shot and killed? We are finding more and more rappers getting murdered over nonsense. In my previous post, Another Rappers Shot Dead in the Street we took a trip down memory lane, to look at rappers who died a senseless death. Biggie, 2Pac, Pop Smoke, and Young Dolph just to name a few have been killed over bullshit.

Trouble allegedly was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was visiting a female friend when the alleged gunman broke into the woman’s house and shot Trouble. Senseless gun violence is up all over the country. In the last few days, mass shootings in Phoenix, Chattanooga, and Philadelphia  have taken center stage. The Buffalo shooting in New York and Uvalde has been drawing heavy attention to young lone gunmen killing innocent men, women, and children.

How are we burying young black men due to gun violence? In the black community black on black crime has surged over the past year. Homicides are up way past 30% in some news reports. Below you’ll find the federal crime data by the FBI. And now in 2022, it’s gone even higher than what was recorded in 2020’s data report.

According to federal crime data, the number of violent crimes has increased by almost 50% over the last 10 years. In 2011, the FBI reported 314,907 violent offenses. In 2020, there were 640,836. – heritage.org

Black-on-Black crime is through the roof in 2022. This includes many of the young rappers who have been killed over the last 18 months.

The Surge In Beefs

The surge in beefs may play a huge role in the killings. Many artists feel compelled to handle their differences by shooting at one another. The younger generation of rappers seems to have a major conflict resolution issue. It seems like every three to six months there is a rapper like Dababy who is beefing with someone and that spills over into the street. The rap game has seen so many beefs over the years. The golden era of hip hop had many beefs but they never spilled into as much violence and death as we see today.


What will it take to get these young men to understand they are better as a team than as an individualist.



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