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The Hip-Hop community is mourning after the senseless murder of Florida rapper XXXTentacion on Monday afternoon (Jun. 18). The 20-year-old was shot dead as he was leaving a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership by a masked gunman. At 5:40 p.m., XXXTentacion was pronounced dead by the Broward Co. Sheriff’s Department. The killing has sent social media into a frenzy, mainly due to XXXTentacion’s trouble past, including a domestic violence case related to attacking his pregnant girlfriend.

Kanye West, 6ix9ine, Big Sean, DJ Premier, Diplo, Pusha T, Royce Da 5’9″, Lil’ Pump and more took to their social media accounts to send their condolences and react to the news. “This got me fucked up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans,” tweeted J. Cole to his millions of followers. The news of XXXTentacion’s passing has been the No. 1 worldwide trend on Twitter for hours.

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Rick Ross is currently in serious medical condition. The MMG CEO/artist has been hospitalized according to TMZ. The media outlet reports that the Miami native was admitted to a local hospital after a 911 call was made from his home on Thursday morning (Mar. 2) around 3:30AM EST. Ross was breathing heavy, unresponsive and “slobbing out the mouth” according to the unknown caller. He is currently receiving respiratory treatment, related to either pneumonia or a heart-related issue.

Rick Ross has had a history of health issues, including 2 seizures back in 2011. Since then, Rozay had changed his diet and lost over 100 pounds over the past few years. UPDATE: TMZ now reports Rick Ross is “essentially a form of life support,” and is hooked to a machine that’s controlling the function of his heart and lungs. He’s currently in the cardic unit, a sign that the 42-year-old suffered a heart attack that manifested into respiratory issues.

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Bad news for G Herbo. Just a week after dropping the deluxe edition of his critically acclaimed album Humble Beast, the 22-year-old rapper has been arrested for illegal gun possession in Chicago.

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DMX is going back to jail. The troubled rapper was taken into custody in a Manhattan court on Tuesday morning (Jan. 30) for “failing to comply with conditions of his bail,” according to Pitchfork. TMZ reports the Yonkers MC failed drug tests, a direct violation of his bail conditions.

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The rap community is mourning as news has surfaced early Saturday morning (Jan. 20) that artist Fredo Santana has passed away. Rising Texas rapper Maxo Kream made the sad revelation on social media. Artists like Drake, Lil’ Durk, Joey Badass, Lil’ B and more confirmed the rumors while sending their condolences in various posts on Twitter and Instagram. Born Derrick Coleman, Fredo Santana was 27-years-old at the time of his death. Currently there’s no confirmed reports as to the cause of death. Santana previously has been hospitalized for a seizure, along with liver and kidney failure.

The Chicago native is one of the key artists responsible for the city’s Drill music scene along with Chief Keef, Lil’ Durk, King Louie, Young Chop and Lil’ Reese. UPDATE: TMZ reports Santana died Friday night (Jan. 19) from a fatal seizure. His girlfriend arrived at his L.A. home around 11:30 p.m. PST, where she found the rapper dead on the floor. He leaves behind an 8-month old son, Legend, who was born in June 2017.

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It’s with a heavy heart that we report the news that Reggie Ossé, better known as Combat Jack, has passed away after losing his battle with colon cancer. He was 53.

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Damn. Tough break for Meek.

According to CBS 3 Philadelphia’s Joe Holden, Meek Mill has been sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for probation violations. The MMG rapper was arrested for fighting at a St. Louis airport in March, and arrested again in August for recklessly driving his dirt bike in NYC.

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Exactly 15 years ago, Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell was murdered by an unidentified marksman in New York City. DJ to legendary rap trio Run D.M.C., his spirit lives on through his family including son TJ Mizzle — who followed his father footsteps on the turntables. After over a decade of investigation, the NYPD has officially declared the homicide a cold case.

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The status of Lil’ Wayne’s health and ongoing bout with epilepsy is once again being questioned after the Young Money rapper was hospitalized on Sunday (Sept. 3). The veteran MC was taken to a Chicago hospital after reportedly suffering multiple seizures.

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Prodigy, one-half of the legendary Mobb Deep, has passed away. He was 42-years-old. The tragic news was broken by Nas, who wrote “🙏🏾 QB RIP King P” on Instagram. Mobb Deep’s publicist later confirmed his passing to XXL, revealing that Prodigy had “some sort of health crisis” two days ago. It’s unclear whether this was related to P’s long-running battle with sickle cell disease.

Our condolences go out to Prodigy’s family and friends; this is a sad day in hip-hop.

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