Filled Under: Hip Hop Deaths
The 9th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is going down from July 10 through July 13 this summer in Brooklyn, NYC (you can buy your tickets right here). Headliners for the show include Redman, EPMD, Pusha T, as well as newcomer Dizzy Wright.
Homicide detectives are on South Street this morning investigating the overnight murder of a DJ who was shot and killed while returning home from a music gig. The 36-year-old victim, whose identity police have not released yet, lived above a Haagen-Dazs ice cream parlor on the 200 block of South Street. Police said two men rushed the victim from behind in an apparent robbery attempt as he was loading his gear back into his apartment. He was shot multiple times, police said.
Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade’s most memorable songs with the frenetic “Jump,” died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose at his home, authorities said. He was 34. “It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police.
French Montana’s tour bus was shot at last night outside a hotel in Philadelphia. One person is reported dead, and another injured. Montana had just completed a show at the Theatre of Living Arts. After he and his entourage arrived at a Holiday Inn Express, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of fans that had gathered near the bus. “A large crowd of fans, as well as some of the entourage, were loitering and just hanging out on Christopher Columbus Boulevard when according to some of the witnesses a car drove by and opened fire,” said Philadelphia Police Department’s Chief Inspector Scott Small. A 27-year-old unidentified man was struck in the abdomen and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Another man was shot in the shoulder and is currently in stable condition. According to reports by WPVI, several individuals who were taken into custody had semi-automatic handguns, and over two dozen people from the scene were questioned by police including members of Montana’s entourage. Authorities have stated that they don’t believe that Montana or anyone from his camp were the targets of the shooting. No homicide charges have been filed as of yet.
Chief Keef’s stepbrother, an aspiring rapper from the suburbs, took a fatal bullet to the back of the head on the Far South Side, becoming yet another casualty of Chicago’s shooting epidemic. Ulysses “Chris” Gissendanner III, a 19-year old graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High, became at least the fourth aspiring teen rapper to get shot and killed in Chicago since September.
Atlanta-area rapper was shot and killed yesterday after tweeting an ominous message on Twitter. The rapper, Yung Teddy, was shot dead less that five hours later, according to published reports. The 23-year-old rapper tweeted “N****as wanna WANNA SEE ME DEAD.” There was also another message that was posted on GlobalGrind. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he was killed last night around 10:18 pm. The rapper’s real name was Justin Mitchell. Condolences were posted on several of his videos on YouTube.