Hip-Hop Artists Who Lost Their Lives in 2022
To these adored artists, may you rest in peace.
|Name||Wild Snootie (LePreston Porter)|
|Date of birth||April 23, 1985|
|Died||25 February 2022|
|Cause of Death||Shot|
LePreston Porter, also known as Snootie Wild, passed away after allegedly being shot in Houston. Snootie was discovered shot in the neck next to an SUV in a ditch, according to the Houston Police Department. When a medic arrived on the scene, Snootie was given CPR before being rushed to a local hospital, where his status was listed as critical. A day later, the 36-year-old rapper would pass away from his wounds. Krystal Meredith, Snootie’s fiancée, told ABC13 that he had died and said that she doesn’t know who shot him because he had no known rivals.
Snootie, a Memphis native, signed with Yo Gotti’s CMG label in 2013, and in 2014, he released his debut chart-topping single, “Yayo.” A remix featuring French Montana, Jadakiss, Fabolous, and YG was done for the gold-selling hit that was included on his Go Mode EP. Snootie was preparing for a comeback and promoting his single “Respect” off an upcoming album project when he passed away.
|Date of Birth||May 14 ,1997|
|Died||March 18, 2022|
|Cause of Death||Shot|
In District Heights, Maryland, Goonew was shot and died. The 24-year-old rapper was killed, according to the Prince George County Police Department. His murder has never been solved. There was a $25,000 prize for information leading to an arrest.
Goonew was a rising rap sensation in the DMV music industry and a native of Washington, D.C. He was known for his monotone rhyme flow and was born Markelle Morrow. The upcoming artist produced works including Certified Goon (2017), Big 64 (2018), Goonwick (2018), Back From Hell (2019), and Short Temper before passing away (2021).
After Goonew’s passing, his mother and sister faced criticism for allowing the rapper’s body to be on display at his farewell party at Washington, D.C.’s Bliss Nightclub. Social media started to be used to share videos from the incident. The video depicts the “Life Story” rhymer’s corpse standing erect onstage while sporting sneakers, a crown on his head, jeans, and a hoodie. Goonew’s sister, Ariana Morrow, remarked that her brother “was a king and that’s precisely how he wanted to go out.”
DJ Kay Slay
|Name||Keith Grayson (DJ Kay Slay)|
|Date of Birth||Aug. 14, 1966|
|Died||April 17, 2022|
|Cause of Death||COVID-19|
After a four-month fight with COVID-19, DJ Kay Slay passed away. The sad news was confirmed by New York radio station Hot 97, where the well-known DJ spent 20 years working. A 55-year-old man, he.
Keith Grayson, aka DJ Kay Slay, was a true renaissance figure in hip-hop music and culture. Slay, formerly known as Dezzy Dez, was a well-known graffiti artist in the 1980s and made an appearance in the vintage hip-hop film Style Wars. Slay began a career as a DJ after serving time in prison in the late 1980s. He was released in 1990.
He started his independent record company, Streetsweepers, the same year he released his recognizable The Streetsweeper album series, which helped launch the careers of lyricists like Papoose, Saigon, and others. The Drama King, also known as Slay, put out close to 30 mixtapes during the course of his storied career. In December 2021, he released The Soul Controller, his most recent studio effort. The late DJ from New York is also going to be remembered for his epic posse tracks, such as his final one, “Rolling 110 Deep,” when he enlisted 110 rappers in all to spit bars over a 40-minute tune.
|Name||Lil Keed (Raqhid Jevon Render)|
|Date of Birth||March 16, 1998|
|Died||May 13, 2022|
|Cause of Death||Unknown|
Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label employee Lil Keed passed away at the age of 24. Lil Keed’s representative informed AccurateGist that the rapper from Atlanta had passed away. The cause of death is still a mystery. Lil Gotit, Keed’s brother, also posted a confirmation of the news of his death on his Instagram page. “Can’t believe I saw you die today, brother. I cried all I needed to, but I know what you want me to do: work hard for Mama Daddy. #ImaHoldthisShitDown, Our Brothers Naychur and Whiteboy ” Gotit posted a picture of himself and Keed on Instagram along with a caption.
Lil Keed, real name Raqhid Jevon Render, was signed to Young Thug’s YSL imprint by 300 Entertainment after growing up in the same Atlanta area. Keed, a member of the 2020 XXLFreshman class, began his rap career in 2016 and quickly gained admirers thanks to his tracks’ unusual flows and Auto-Tuned falsetto.
Keed’s first single, “Nameless,” from his 2018 mixtape Keed Talk to ‘Em, was followed by “Snake” from his 2019 EP Long Live Mexico.
Another highlight in the late rapper’s discography is the Trapped on Cleveland mixtape series. The star-studded Slime Language 2 album by Thug, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April 2021, also included Keed.
|Name||Trouble (Mariel Semonte Orr)|
|Date of Birth||Nov. 4, 1987|
|Died||June 5, 2022|
|Cause of Death||Shot|
In Conyers, Georgia, Trouble was murdered by a gunshot. The 34-year-old rapper was visiting a female acquaintance when he was killed, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, after taking a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Jamichael Jones, 33, has reportedly been named by police as the shooting’s main suspect. After two days of eluding authorities, Jones surrendered on June 7. His arrest had been warranted by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of home invasion, felony murder, and aggravated assault.
Trouble, sometimes known as Skoob, was a native of the Edgewood district of East Atlanta and was born Mariel Semonte Orr. Trouble made a breakthrough in Atlanta’s hip-hop industry in 2011 after signing with Duct Tape Entertainment with the song “Bussin (Remix)” featuring Waka Flocka, Trae Tha Truth, and Yo Gotti. After that, in 2017, the ATL rhymer joined Mike WiLL Made-Ear It’s Drummer Records. The next year, Trouble released his debut album, Edgewood. City Girls, Jeezy, Quavo, and Boosie BadAzz all had cameo performances on his final album, Thug Luv, which was released in 2020.
News of Trouble’s passing shocked the Atlanta hip-hop culture because he was a cherished local resident. The parent company of Ear Drummer Records, Def Jam, commented on the influence Trouble had on his community in a statement following the “Bring It Back” rapper’s tragic passing.
In a statement, Def Jam said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the kids, loved ones, and fans of Trouble. “He was an inspiration to the neighborhood he proudly served as well as a great voice for his city. Adieu, Scoob.”