Hip-hop has been a prominent art form  for nearly 40 years. Over the four decades, the music genre has witnessed the untimely passing of several rappers. In honor of the fallen emcees, we remember the 10 deceased rappers who changed music.

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A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents music, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.