For years, rap music has been cited as one of the reasons for violence. And while praising violence, especially gun violence, isn’t okay, it is rapped about a lot. Rap music and guns kind of go hand-in-hand. I mean, let’s be honest: There are an infinite amount of songs that talk about guns and what they do with them. So when it comes to rappers getting shot, we’re most likely the least surprised.
Rappers have a history of getting shot. Tupac, Biggie, Bankroll Fresh, Soulja Slim, Freaky Tah, and Magnolia Shorty are amongst the long list of rappers who were shot and killed. There’s another long list: Rappers who got shot (some of them numerous times) and still survived. Some of them were the actual target, while others were innocent bystanders.
In 2001, Game was at an apartment alone when he heard a knock on the door at 2 a.m. Thinking it was just a regular customer, he answered the door, preparing to make a sale. The customer brought two other guys along and they ambushed Game. Game and one of the guys began fighting and he was shot five times. After laying still for minutes, Game called 911 and was rushed to the hospital where he was in a three-day coma.
Now we all know this story, but in case you’ve been living under a rock:
On May 24, 2000, Fiddy was shot nine times in front of his grandmother’s house in South Jamaica, Queens. He was in the back seat of a car when someone approached him and fired nine times at close range. 50 was hit in his hand, arm, hip, both legs, chest and left cheek. He lost his wisdom tooth and gained a swollen tongue and slurred speech. It took him five months to totally recover. He was dropped from the label.
In October 2005, Killa Cam was in Washington D.C. to perform at Howard University. The next night, after leaving a nightclub he stopped at a traffic light. A passenger in a nearby car threatened Cam to give up his 2006 Lamborghini. When he resisted, the man shot him. Cam was hit at least once but still managed to drive. He was flashing his lights and driving up the wrong way on streets until a fan drove him to a nearby hospital.