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Rapper 2Chainz Says, 'Fame and Success is Dangerous!'

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By Shadress Denise

Not long after the devastating news of Brooklyn rapper, Pop Smoke (born Bashar Barakah Jackson) made headlines, celebrities from all over the entertainment industry expressed their condolences across social media. For many, the shocking news came just a few weeks shy of losing NBA star, Kobe Bryant, 41 and his daughter Gianna, 12.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, news outlets everywhere reported the rapper had been killed in his Hollywood Hills home earlier that morning during a home invasion by four masked gunman. Though no suspects, have been identified, the loss is still felt among those who knew him and were close.

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The 20-year-old rapper was said to be basking the success of his sophomore album, Meet the Woo 2, that had been released the week prior. His first album, Meet the Woo, was released in 2019.

“So much life to give. So much more potential. Just sad man. When does it stop? Prayers to his family. Rest in heaven Pop,” said Power actress LaLa.

Chicago rapper and philanthropist, Chance the Rapper wrote, “Rest up Pop Smoke, you were too young. God bless and comfort your family. What a crazy trajectory you were on.”

Is the Hip-Hop Industry Cursed?

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This tragic and unexpected news has shaken the music industry to its core again as it has yet to move on from the recent deaths of Florida rapper XXXTentacion, 20, who was gunned down in 2018 while in his vehicle— rapper Juice Wrld, 21, who suddenly passed in December due a seizure—and Los Angeles rapper, Nipsey Hussle, 34, who was murdered in March 2019 in front of his Marathon clothing store located in Crenshaw, California.

It’s no secret the hip-hop world has had a long-standing history surrounded by violence. From the unsolved murders of 2Pac (1996), The Notorious B.I.G. (1997), and DJ Jam Master Jay (Run DMC, 2002), to the periodic shootings and robberies many celebrities like 2Chainz, 50 Cent, and even Kim Kardashian-West just to name a few have experienced. With all the exposure celebrities are given, one must ask, is the life of fame and success dangerous?

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Atlanta rapper 2Chainz seems to think so as he sat down with The Shaderoom to talk shortly after he made a post regarding the death of Pop Smoke.

In his caption, the rapper wrote, “Been shot at in San Fran, got arrested in Maryland, La, New York and Oklahoma, had a so call standoff with police in Oklahoma, Cali spot got broken into 4 times all on tape and one of them even left they phone ALLL SINCE I BEEN A “RAPPER” you literally gotta Pray that you make it back home safe!! But then you not even safe at home.. my condolences.”

The rapper’s caption was paired with a picture asking fans if this life of fame was something they really wanted because it was a dangerous burden to bear. Shortly after, news reports speculated the rapper’s murder was a targeted hit instead of a robbery since the suspects were seen exiting the home through the front door without removing anything from the home.

The Outpouring of Truth & Condolences

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Nicki Minaj, who collaborated with the slain rapper on Welcome to the Party, a song on his latest album, chimed in as well with her condolences and thoughts that similarly aligned with the post 2Chainz made regarding the dangers of being famous.

“The Bible tells us that jealousy is a cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace Pop,” she said.

Starz’s ‘Power’ and ABC’s ‘For Life’ producer 50 Cent, who is also an New York artist, even weighed in with his sentiments that were like his colleagues regarding the alleged robbery and murder of the rapper with a picture and video of them.

“No such thing as success without jealousy, treachery comes from those who are close. R.I.P.”

Although no arrests have been made, fans are left wondering if the rapper’s death came at the hands of a stranger or someone he knew. As the outpouring of love and condolences continue, it leaves to question is the life of fame and fortune really worth it?

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