The Hip-hop community has suffered some devastating losses recently. Fans have been on high alert anytime a beloved artist is reported to be sick or injured. Times have been tough, and with the added losses many have had to experience due to the coronavirus/covid 19 pandemic, its a wonder why people are highly sensitive right now to just about any bad news involved an act they care about.
We had to say goodbye to icon DMX after an overdose left him in a coma. The Yonkers MC lost a long battle with addiction that left fans devastated. Even more upsetting was the overwhelming belief by those close to him that his death could have been prevented. His passing has spotlight just how bad the music industry is at providing healthcare and rehabilitation for its acts, especially the many who form fatal addictions just to cope with the heights and pressures of stardom and success.
The New York State Senate will officially consider December 18, the late rapper’s birthday, as DMX Day across the state. R.I.P. to a legend 🕊 pic.twitter.com/o3uwyJXlzD— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) April 27, 2021
Shortly after, “Woah!” hitmaker Black Rob lost his long struggle with health issues. The Bad Boy rapper was a staple in the 00’s iteration of Sean “Diddy” Combs iconic label. Despite scoring a big hit for the imprint and featuring on some of Diddy’s singles, Black Rob faded into obscurity until days before his death, when a video of him sending his condolences to DMX from his own hospital bed went viral.
Then Diamond Blue Smith also know as Baby Blue, of the 00’s hip-hop/R&B unit Pretty Ricky, almost lost his life last week. The reality star saw an attempt made on his life during a robbery. He was reportedly shot and in critical condition. Fans of the rapper took to social media with prayers and well wishes, hoping he would not be joining DMX and Black Rob. The incident took place at Sparez Bowlin Alley in Miami, Florida where the rapper was hosting a release party for his new single, “Jerry Rice.”
Blue’s team claimed that the rapper would have to learn how to walk, talk and breathe again after the devastating ordeal. Now fans are confused after he was spotted out partying and celebrating only a few days later. “Back outside. All Glory to God. #BounceBack,” he captioned the clip of him in a club setting smiling.