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Upon hearing the devastating news of Takeoff’s passing on November 1st, I was inspired to listen to some of his best verses not only as an individual artist, but also his contribution to the rap trio Migos. Takeoff was only 28 years old before his life was cut short, though his legacy is one that will not soon be forgotten. Unfortunately, so many more talented and young musicians have been lost to tragedies such as accidental overdose or gun violence. On last week’s ‘Playlist Show’, I was inspired to create a mix honoring the people who have become victims to the cruel undersides of the music industry. Some of these musicians include;

Pop Smoke - Pop Smoke was only 20 years old when he was fatally shot during a rental home invasion in Los Angeles. His music, categorized as Brooklyn drill rap, has deeply impacted the hip-hop community. His label continues to release albums such as Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, posthumously. Some of his most popular songs include Foreigner, The Woo with 50 Cent and Roddy Rich, and Show Out with Kid Cudi.

Juice WRLD - This Chicago born rapper changed the game in the Midwest with his merging of emo vocals with hip hop verses. He was lost to a seizure induced by drug use at the age of 21, and the news of his passing shocked the country. His label continues to release albums such as Legends Never Die posthumously and he has additionally won American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards since his passing in 2018.

PnB Rock - PnB Rock was a rapper and singer who first gained a following after the release of his song ‘Selfish’. He was killed during an armed robbery while he was eating at a Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles after his location was revealed through social media. He was a father and advocate for the artists in his industry. He was only 30 years old.