As the decade comes to a close, Zolex remembers the rappers who died in the 2010s up to 2019

The 2010s are coming to a close but what a decade it has been.

In the last nearly 120 months, we’ve seen the rise of decade-defining artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and J. Cole. We watched Jay-Z become a billionaire, witnessed Childish Gambino go from backpack rapper to global phenom on the stage and screen, and beheld records being broken left and right. While the 2010s has been filled with wins, the hip-hop community has also suffered some deep losses in the form of artists who have passed away during that time.

The decade began with the tragic death of Gang Starr rapper Guru, who died in 2010 following a battle with multiple myeloma cancer at the age of 48. Other beloved hip-hop elder statesmen like Beastie Boys’ MCA (2012), A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg (2016) and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (2017) were also among the loses that had hip-hop in mourning.

The decade saw lives being snuffed out from prominent young MCs as well. Former XXL Freshmen XXXTentacion (2018), Mac Miller (2018) and Nipsey Hussle (2019) all left us before meeting their full potential. The 2010s closed out with one of the genre’s brightest young stars passing away, as Chicago rapper Juice Wrld died on Dec. 8, 2019, after suffering a seizure at the Chicago Midway International Airport.

Their contributions to the culture will not be forgotten.

As the decade comes to a close,Zolexreporters.net remembers the rappers who died in the 2010s.

See the Rappers We Lost in the 2010s

Guru (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010)

Magnolia Shorty (Sept. 30, 1982 – Dec. 20, 2010)

Nate Dogg (Aug. 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011)

M-Bone of Cali Swag District (May 16, 1989 – May 15, 2011)

Heavy D (May 24, 1967 – Nov. 8, 2011)

Slim Dunkin (Aug. 20, 1987 – Dec. 16, 2011)

MCA (Aug. 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)

Lil Phat (July 25, 1992 – June 7, 2012)

Capital Steez (July 7, 1993 – Dec. 24, 2012)

Tim Dog (Jan. 3, 1967 – Feb. 14, 2013)

Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly (Aug. 11, 1978 – May 1, 2013)

Lil Snupe (June 13, 1995 – June 21, 2013)

Lord Infamous (Nov. 17, 1973 – Dec. 20, 2013)

Doe B (June 13, 1991 – Dec. 28, 2013)

Speaker Knockerz (Nov. 6, 1994 – March 4, 2014)

JayAre of Cali Swag District (June 12, 1988 – June 6, 2014)

Big Bank Hank (Jan. 11, 1956 – Nov. 11, 2014)

The Jacka (Aug. 12, 1977 – Feb. 2, 2015)

Chinx (Dec. 4, 1983 – May 17, 2015)

Pumpkinhead (Sept. 17, 1975 – June 9, 2015)

Hussein Fatal (April 3, 1973 – July 10, 2015)

Sean Price (March 17, 1972 – Aug. 8, 2015)

Dex Osama (Aug. 13, 1993 – Sept. 7, 2015)

Koopsta Knicca (April 27, 1975 – Oct. 9, 2015)

Bankroll Fresh (Aug. 2, 1987 – March 4, 2016)

Phife Dawg (Nov. 20, 1970 – March 22, 2016)

Lor Scoota (April 4, 1993 – June 25, 2016)

Shawty Lo (March 22, 1976 – Sept. 21, 2016)

Mr. 3-2 (July 11, 1972 – Nov. 10, 2016)

Big Syke (Nov. 22, 1968 – Dec. 5, 2016)

Prodigy (Nov. 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017)

Lil Peep (Nov. 1, 1996 – Nov. 15, 2017)

Fredo Santana (July 4, 1990 – Jan. 19, 2018)

Craig Mack (May 10, 1970 – March 12, 2018)

XXXTentacion (Jan. 23, 1998 – June 18, 2018)

Jimmy Wopo (Jan. 13, 1997 – June 18, 2018)

Mac Miller (Jan. 19, 1992 – Sept. 7, 2018)

Young Greatness (Sept. 19, 1984 – Oct. 29, 2018)

Tech 9 (1986 – March 24, 2019)

Nipsey Hussle (Aug. 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019)

Bushwick Bill (Dec. 8, 1966 – June 9, 2019)

Jimmy Spicer (May 12, 1958 – Sept. 27, 2019)

Bad Azz (Nov. 27, 1975 – Nov. 11, 2019)

Juice Wrld (Dec. 2, 1998 – Dec. 8, 2019)

As the decade comes to a close, Zolex remembers the rappers who died in the 2010s up to 2019

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