Rappers are known for their wild lyrics and even admit to all sorts of illegal activity in their songs, from drug use to gang banging and even murder. But while some artists are all talk, others are the real deal and reveal facts of gruesome horror stories, whether it’s personal or from a member of their entourage.
But what happens when rappers actually decide to kill someone? Sometimes a promising rap career, fame and — if all goes well — fortune, isn’t enough for them to leave the street life behind. And in an even worse scenario, they’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Date360 dug deep to find 10 Rappers Who Have Killed People. Check out Below to see which rhymers have committed the cardinal sin, why and where they are now.
Cassidy’s career was just beginning to peak when he dropped his Billboard chart-topper “I’m a Hustler” in 2005. But the success from the lead single and his sophomore album of the same title would be overshadowed by his June 17 arrest. The rapper was arrested in his hometown of Philadelphia on charges of murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, conspiracy and weapons possession for an April shooting that left Desmond Hawkins dead and another man injured. The “Hotel” rhymer was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault, in addition to possession of an instrument of crime and sentenced to 11-and-a-half to 23 months in jail. His former friend, fellow rapper Ar-Ab, claims he actually killed Hawkins and Cassidy “never caught a body.”
Rapper Big Lurch was at the center of one of the most bizarre and gruesome murder cases of 2003. The It’s All Bad creator, who collaborated with Bay Area legends Too $hort and Mac Dre during his career, was allegedly high on PCP when he hacked open his roommate Tynisha Ysais’ chest, ripped out her lungs and began chewing on her cheeks. Authorities later discovered him wondering the streets naked and covered in blood. Despite his defense attorney’s claims that Lurch was insane and had suffered from “PCP psychosis,” the rapper was sentenced to life in prison in November of 2003.