It is arduous to imagine the 2010s are already turning into a distant reminiscence.
In these 120 months, we noticed the rise of decade-defining artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and J. Cole. We watched Jay-Z become a billionaire, witnessed Infantile Gambino go from backpack rapper to world phenom on the stage and screen, and beheld information being damaged left and right. Whereas the 2010s have been full of wins, the hip-hop group has additionally suffered some deep losses within the type of artists who’ve handed away throughout that point.
The last decade started with the tragic dying of Gang Starr rapper Guru, who died in 2010 following a battle with a number of myeloma most cancers on the age of 48. Different beloved hip-hop elder statesmen like Beastie Boys’ MCA (2012), A Tribe Referred to as Quest’s Phife Dawg (2016) and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (2017) had been additionally among the many loses that had hip-hop in mourning.
The last decade noticed lives being snuffed out from distinguished younger MCs as effectively. Former XXL Freshmen XXXTentacion (2018), Mac Miller (2018) and Nipsey Hussle (2019) all left us earlier than assembly their full potential. The 2010s closed out with one of many style’s brightest younger stars passing away, as Chicago rapper Juice Wrld died on Dec. 8, 2019, after suffering a seizure on the Chicago Halfway Worldwide Airport.
Their contributions to the tradition is not going to be forgotten.
Wanting again, XXL remembers the rappers who died within the 2010s.
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