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Driven to an early grave: 12 slain Chicago rappers


It’s always unfortunate to hear news about a young person losing their life — but when it comes to rappers, specifically Chicago rappers, are these slayings life imitating art or art imitating life? The violent lyrical content all too often becomes actual unfortunate life events.

Chicago hip-hop is currently on a national stage — due in large part to the nearly instant interest in the “drill” music genre. Drill is a double-edged sword. It glorifies violence and covers some questionable, often deathly topics, but it seems to have made at least two rappers from Chicago, Chief Keef and Lil’ Reese, national names. Drill seems to have peaked during the summer of 2012, when Keef played the Lollapalooza and Pitchfork music festivals and signed to Interscope Records, a deal reportedly worth millions. Rappers Lil’ Durk and Lil’ Reese also signed deals.

Sadly, these rappers didn’t get a chance to experience the perks of being signed to a major record label. Here are 12 Chicago rappers slain within the last few years:

Keno Glass

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Johnny Boy Da Prince



Big Glo


L’A Capone


Lil’ Marc


Lil’ Jeff


Don Darius




J Money


Lil’ JoJo


OTF Nunu


Jay Loud



  1. lil ray on July 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

    that’s because most are gang members playing at being rappers.

    • Likewaterforchoc on July 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Exactly. Gang culture is huge is Chicago and most, if not all, are gang members moonlighting as rappers. Rap is simply another hustle for these guys. They literally have one foot in the studio and one in the streets. Heck, half of these photos speak volumes because many are posing with guns in their hands. As the saying goes “You live by the gun, you die by the gun.”

    • Stan Unger on July 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      That doesn’t make their lives less important nor their passing less tragic. RIP my brothers.