Rappers Who Died In 2021 (Dead Rappers 2021), Celebrities That Died In 2021 & Best Rap Songs 2021
In 2021, the hip-hop community has suffered the loss of over 250 rappers who made great strides in the rap game.
The number of rappers who lost their lives to gun violence in 2021 is nothing short of deplorable. At least 200 rappers were fatally shot this year; some hometown heroes, others nationally celebrated artists like Young Dolph. Meanwhile, there were many other rappers and Hip Hop figures who died of drug overdoses, poor health and cancer. From former Bad Boy rapper Black Rob and Kangol Kid of U.T.F.O. to Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab and the lovable Biz Markie, the devastating losses just kept coming. DMX, Lil Loaded, Baby Ceo, Prince Markie Dee, Shock G, KTS Dre, Emani 22, Slim 400, Gonzo, Drakeo The Ruler… the list goes on & on.
But the gun violence was unprecedented this year. To illustrate just how dire the situation is, I have compiled a list of not just all of the legends we’ve lost this year, but also the aspiring local rappers and slightly more established artists who died a violent death — and it’s an unnecessarily long list.
The music industry also lost a number of rappers in 2020 (200 to be specific) — from OGs like MF Doom and Ecstasy of Whodini to up-and-coming artists such as Pop Smoke and King Von. Check out the video for 2020: /clip.dance/watch?v=OtlMvWbs-ao
Hip-hop has been the most polarizing genre of music in the past two decades. As hip-hop maintains its title, a lot has changed about the genre, such as the lyrics. Hip-hop has two phases, old school and new school each of which give off a different vibe.
Old School “Hip-Hop” has music based prevalently on African American culture. Artists such as Tupac, Biggie Smalls, and Eazy-E often rap about the struggles of growing up and the work they put in to get where they are today.
In popular songs such as “Changes” by Tupac and “Juicy” by Biggie Smalls, the artists explain how they went from “negative to positive” as Biggie put it.
Old school hip-hop is still popular today and is regarded as “classic” by many hip-hop fans.
“New school” hip-hop has different types of lyrics. Rappers from today’s generation sing typically about girls, money, and cars they have. Some even sing about how they do drgs, drink alchl, and party which sets a bad example for some listeners. Some of these rappers today did not have it as hard as rappers back in the old days.
People who grew up listening to Tupac, Biggie, Eazy-E, and so on typically do not enjoy hip-hop in today’s era. Songs written when rap was introduced were lyrically better because rappers were able to tell a story using words that rhyme and flow.
Some songs are also more appealing to fans because they can relate to the struggles their favorite rappers faced.
People of this generation are used to listening to new school hip-hop which is the most played genre on the radio. These same fans reject old school Hip-Hop as a part of the music genre. There are even rappers who know nothing about the most influential Hip-Hop artists.
Growing up listening to Eminem has caused me to fall in love with him as an artist. He introduced me to Hip-Hop. But I noticed a change in the music industry over the past few decades. This channel will document how Hip-Hop has evolved over the past 40+ years.
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