Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG were Rap music’s biggest stars in the nineties. They were both murdered around six months of each other in 1996 and 1997. The murders to date remain unsolved. Other rappers such as Nipsey Hussle and DJ Jam Master Jay were also victims of homicides whose killers were arrested. There are also countless other rappers who never achieved major success but had semi-successful careers who were also victims of murder. Most of these victims are young black men. But it seems that rappers of other racial backgrounds are also becoming victims of homicide. Swedish rapper Einar was murdered in 2021 and now Punjabi (Indian) rapper Sidhu Moose has succumbed to an ambush where he was shot to death in India.
When rap music came out, it was party music with good rhymes and beats. Then Gangsta rap emerged in the late 80’s and it told the dangerous, bloody reality of survival in the inner city. It was considered art because it was expression but that has resulted in deadly actions over the years including that of a near fatal shooting of rapper/actor 50cent.
Now it is sadly the norm that rappers here in America and abroad are being murdered as well as murdering their musical rivals. It seems like one non-stop loop with all this killing and one has to wonder if this violent diss track will ever end.
UPDATE 6-21-2022: Three men have been arrested for the murder of Sidhu Moose. It is alleged that Canadian Gang Member Goldy Brar arranged the fatal hit on the rapper.