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Legendary Losses Of 2021

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Even though Tupac said” Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive,” when we lost these artists our timelines filled with remorse. Losing someone is never easy especially someone you looked up to. Here is a list of losses that made us wish Heaven had a phone:

  1. DMX ( December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021) One of the most legendary rappers of our time, Earl Simmons better known as DMX, suffered a drug overdose that left him in a vegetative state. He was a warrior that despite a harsh upbringing survived his surroundings to become one of the greatest rappers of all time. His vices, his love for family, Aaliyah and his belief in God were no secret as they present in every verse he laid. He controlled the 90s and our hearts as we always fucked with the Dog and threw our Xs when commanded. He was also the first artist to have their first five albums hit number 1. His birthday was also declared DMX day by NY State Senate.

2. Young Dolph (July 27, 1985 – November 17, 2021) – Adolph Robert Thorton Jr, better known as Young Dolph was gunned down in his hometown Memphis while he was leaving local business Makeda’s Homemade Cookies that he supported regularly. In 2016, he released his debut album King of Memphis. He also featured on O.T. Genesis hit “Cut It”. Dolph had publicized beef with Soulja Boy, Yo Gotti and Blac Youngsta. Dolph is heavily missed and he passing caused a ripple effect of violence throughout Memphis. The city of Memphis renamed a street after him recently. He is survived by his wife and children.

3. Lil Loaded (Aug 1, 2000 – May 31, 2021) – Dashawn Roberston, known to the world as Lil Loaded, took his own life. He apparently shared messages on instagram asking for forgiveness and apologizing for his bad behavior prior to his death. He also wrote “I’m ready for my heart and soul to join you.” He had a promising music career despite facing charges for manslaughter after the death of his 18 year old acquaintance Khalia Walker. His first hit was 6locc 6a6y in December of 2019 with follow up I’m Here featuring Polo G. He was only 20 years old when he passed away.


4. Biz Markie (April 8, 1964- July 16, 2021) – The artist born Marcel Theo Hall but known to us as the legendary Biz Markie died after a battle with diabetes. His most famous song “Just a Friend” causes everyone to sing off key when it comes on and he even lent the song to young crooner Mario. At 57 years with his wife by his side, Biz left us all heartbroken.

5. Black Rob (June 8, 1968- April 17, 2021) Mark Curry confirmed that Robert Ross known to us as Black Rob passed away at 51 years old due to cardiac arrest from a rare kidney disease. The Harlem based rapper is best known for his hit song “Whoa” along with his features along side Diddy and G-Dep. Black Rob had been on dialysis for five years and suffered four strokes. Many felt like Diddy should cover his services after a gofundme was created for his family.

6. Shock G (August 25, 1963 – April 22, 2021) Gregory Edward Jacobs would grow up to become the lead vocalist of the Digital Underground and Mr Humpty Hump died from an accidental overdose at 57 years old. His group was responsible for giving legendary artist Tupac Shakur a platform within the music industry.  He was a talented artist that even appeared on “I Get Around” with Tupac after the Underground disbanded.

7. Slim 400 – (June 21, 1998 – December 8, 2021) Vincent Cohran was shot and killed in LA. He was an budding artist with songs such as “Goapele” and “Piru” both featured by YG. Hours before he was killed, Slim 400 promoted the dropping of his new music video for “Caviar Gold”. He survived a prior attempt on his life in 2019 where he was shot multiple times. He paid tribute to Young Dolph, who he collaborated with on “Shake Back” with a post in his stories of both their names on a tombstone just hours before he was murdered. He was only 34 years old.

8. Drakeo the Ruler (December 1, 1993 – December 19, 2021) We recently covered the tragic killing of Drakeo the Ruler. Darrell Wayne Caldwell was fatally stabbed backstage at the Once Upon a Time in LA music festival. According to his mother’s statement to Rolling Stone, he was hit in the neck.  She plans to do whatever she can to ensure justice is served for her son. Drakeo had also allegedly threatened rapper YG a few months prior.

9. Prince Markie Dee (February 19, 1968 – February 18, 2021) Brooklyn born Mark Anthony Morales of the Legendary Fat Boys passed away from congestive heart failure the day before his 53rd birthday. His group appeared in hip hop classic Krush Groove and comedy Disorderlies. They popularized beatboxing and brought fun to everything they touched. Their biggest hits were covers of “Wipeout”and “The Twist”. When the group broke up, Markie Dee went on to write and produce songs for Mariah Carey, JLo and Mary J Blige. His solo number one hit was “Typical Reasons (Swing My Way).” We will miss him!



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