1. Pop Smoke – February 19, 2020
Bashar Barakah Jackson professionally as Pop Smoke was an American rapper, born on July 20, 1999.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, Pop Smoke began his musical career in late 2018 with his debut single “MPR (Panic Part 3 Remix)”.
He rose to fame with the release of his breakout singles “Welcome to the Party” and “Dior” in 2019.
He often collaborated with UK drill artists and producers, who employed more minimal and aggressive instrumentation than American drill artists from Chicago, reintroducing the sound as Brooklyn drill.
Following his rise to fame, record producer Rico Beats introduced Pop Smoke to Steven Victor in April 2019.
Victor would later have Pop Smoke sign a recording contract with Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records.
He released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo in July 2019. His second mixtape, Meet the Woo 2, was released on February 7, 2020, and debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200, becoming the rapper’s first top-10 project in the United States.
Twelve days after the mixtape’s release, Pop Smoke was murdered during a home invasion in Los Angeles.
2. Young Dolph – November 17, 2021
Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. better known by his stage name Young Dolph, was an American rapper born on July 27, 1985.
In 2016, he released his debut studio album, King of Memphis, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.
He was featured on O.T. Genasis’s hit single “Cut It”, which peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. Young Dolph’s fifth album, Rich Slave, was released in 2020 and became his highest-charting project, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200.
On November 17, 2021, he was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.