Today proved to be a bloody day in Hip Hop: two well-known rappers were both killed by gun violence on the same day–thousands of miles apart.
XXXTentacion, a Florida-born artist who recorded two number #1 albums within a year of each other, was shot outside of a Broward county motorcycle shop in broad daylight.
The rapper may have had a premonition about his own mortality: in his last recorded SnapChat video, XXXTentacion said he hoped his death would inspire others.
“If worse comes to worst, and I f*cking die or some sh*t … I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive and to at least have a good life.”
“If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least 5 million kids happy.”
— ♛ salvador♛ (@X_XsalvadorX_X) June 18, 2018
XXXTentacion was well-known for his dark posts on Instagram, in which he has discussed death and suicide.
In an ironic and fortunate twist, XXXTentacion death occurred on the 19th birthday of one of his collaborators–rapper Trippie Redd.
XXXTentacion seemed to sense he needed to head in a more forward-looking direction so in February post on Instagram, he said he looked forward to resuming his education by getting his GED.
A reward for the capture of the unidentified suspect, who fired multiple shots into the rapper’s car, mortally wounding him.
XXXTentacion was 20 years old.
In Pittsburgh, emerging rapper Jimmy Wopo was shot and killed in what has been described as a double drive-by shooing.
The other victim survived; Wopo did not.
The “Elm Street” rapper’s manager, Taylor Maglin, confirmed the loss of his client on Facebook:
“I lost my brother today and it’s the worst feeling in the world. He was destined for greatness and he wanted the best for his friends, family and community,” Maglin says of the artist born Travon Smart. “We lost a great person today, but just know I will do everything in my power to make his memory live on forever. Love you bro.”
Wopo, whose real name is Travon Smart, was best known for his 2016 single “Elm Street,” which he followed with his debut mixtape, “Woponese,” in 2016 and “Jordan Kobe” a year later.
Jimmy Wopo was 21 years old.
The loss of both rappers rocked social media, where rap fans posted stunned tributes in memory of both entertainers.
A motive is unclear in either of the murders, which are now under police investigation.
Rest In peace XXXTenacion and Jimmy Wopo.