Gone, But Never Forgotten: Rappers We Lost Too Soon

They made their mark on the world in the short time they were given.

Sydney Scott Jun, 21, 2017

News of Prodigy’s passing rippled through the hip hop world on Tuesday,  June 20, as fans and celebrities took to social media to share heartfelt messages and condolences. 

One-half of hip hop duo Mobb Deep, Prodigy was just 42.

Sadly, the rapper joins other hip hop artists who passed away too soon, making their mark on the world in the short time they were with us.

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The Philadelphia-born rapper, actress, and songwriter was one-third of iconic girl group TLC. Lopes tragically passed away in Honduras after a fatal car accident. 

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Shakur may have been on this planet briefly, but the rapper's influence has been far-reaching. Shakur passed away September 13, six days after a fatal drive-by shooting. 

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Rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife passed away in 2016 at the age of 45 due to complications from diabetes. 


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One of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, ODB became known for his distinctive rap style and eccentric behavior. Dirty died in 2004 after collapsing at a recording studio. His death was ruled an accidental overdose. 

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Heavy D made a number of memorable pop culture contributions through his music and other ventures like film, appearing in movies like Step Up, Life, BAPS, and The Cider House Rules. The rapper passed away in 2011. 

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The Queens rapper, who'd worked with friends and fellow rappers like French Montana, was a member of the hip hop group Coke Boys. Chinx was killed in 2015, the victim of a drive-by shooting.

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Like his west coast counterpart, Tupac, Biggie made a big impact in a short amount of time. The Brooklyn rapper was gunned down in Los Angeles in 1997.

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The rapper, member of hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik, and one-half of rap duo Heltah Skeltah, Price passed away in his sleep in 2015. 

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The 26-year-old New York rapper was a founding member of the A$AP Mob collective and co-founder of the A$AP Worldwide record label. Yams' death was ruled an overdose, but members of the A$AP collective say he died due to his sleep apnea. 

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Hip-Hop lost a legend the day Prodigy died.