HISTORY OF RAPPERS GETTING SHOT AND SURVIVING

A History of Rappers Getting Shot and Surviving

oN 01/27/13  someone allegedly shot at Rick Ross in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Thankfully, he avoided injury, but past victims of gun violence in hip-hop haven’t all been so lucky. Gun violence has been a major subject of discussion in the United States for many years, but this year it seemed to reach critical mass. From school shootings to accidental gun deaths to the particularly violent subculture that formed in the wake of the drug war, gun violence is more common in the United States than virtually any other industrially developed nation. All too often, hip-hop has been maligned as an aggravating factor in these kinds of crimes, but many times it is giving a window into American culture’s broader problematic history with guns. Hip-hop has become a popular art form despite its origins in marginalized communities; it is these spaces that are particularly vulnerable to gun violence. For many Americans, it might seem like hip-hop is in some way “responsible” for that violence, and while glorification of violence isn’t something that should be taken lightly, it is important to recognize that the art is also a prism that reflects some very grim realities. Many performers have difficulty leaving the streets, some actively court their support, and some are accidental bystanders. Here’s a rundown of MCs who got caught in the crossfires of this paradoxical mentality, and, like Ross, escaped with their lives.

Timbaland

Timbaland

Timbaland was accidentally shot while working as a dishwasher at a Virginia Red Lobster in 1986, when he was only in his early teens. A co-worker was bragging about his pistol and accidentally discharged the weapon; it hit Timbaland under his arm, which became temporarily paralyzed. It took him two years to recover. The bullet remains in his armpit to this day, and still causes him occasional health problems.

Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah

The book The Wu-Tang Clan and RZA: A Trip Through Hip Hop‘s 36 Chambers has a ton of tidbits about Wu-Tang but one that didn’t slip under the radar was the fact that prior to blowing up, Ghostface Killah was shot in the neck and arm in the early ’90s. According to the book, the shooting occurred in Ohio where RZA, Ghost, and their cohorts got it in doing what we assume were perfectly legal activities that did not involve any narcotics whatsoever.

Cam'ron

Cam’ron

Cam’ron was shot during an attempted carjacking in Washington, D.C. on October 22, 2005. He was driving a blue Lambourghini and, according to friends, wore $200,000 worth of jewelry, when a burgandy SUV pulled up alongside him. An armed man jumped out, and while Cam’ron attempted to speed away, fired into the car, hitting the rapper in both arms. After the shooting, when asked for a quote while leaving Howard University Hospital, Cam’ron famously said “I got shot three times and my album comes out November 22.”

Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame, whose real name is Juaqin Malphurs, was a 23-year old rapper whose star was ascendant when he was shot once on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. After several high-profile collaborations with Gucci Mane and a buzzing debut single in “O Let’s Do It,” the rapper’s career was just beginning to take off. He was washing his car at the Bubble Bath Car Wash at 5220 Old National Highway in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was approached by a man who, according to police, was attempting to rob Waka of his jewelry when a fight broke out. Waka was shot in the arm; he was transported to Grady Hospital, and the attempted robber fled south on Old National Highway. Later on, Waka would claim the shooting was an attempt on his life, rather than a botched robbery as police had reported. Waka described the shooting in detail to MTV a few days later.

MF Grimm

MF Grimm

MF Grimm was shot on two separate occasions. The first time, he was shot three times in 1986. The second time, he was shot seven times in 1994. The shooting left him deaf, blind, and paralyzed from the waist down. He eventually would gain back his hearing, seeing, and speech abilities, but he’s been in a wheelchair ever since.

Bushwick Bill

Bushwick Bill

One night in May 1991, while drunk off Everclear, a suicidal Bushwick Bill went to his girlfriend’s house and asked her to shoot him but she wouldn’t. Bill and his girl got into a scuffle, his gun went off, and he ended up shooting his eye out. He later told the whole story in the song “Ever So Clear.” Crazier yet, someone managed to take a photo of Bill in the hospital right after getting shot and the Geto Boys made it the cover of their album, We Can’t Be Stopped.

ODB

ODB

In 1994, ODB was shot on the street in the stomach by another unnamed rapper in Brooklyn after getting into an argument. He was shot a second time in 1998, in the back and arm during a home invasion robbery of his girlfriend’s house, but his wounds weren’t serious.

2Pac

2Pac

On November 30, 1994, 2Pac was shot five times during a robbery while entering Quad Studios in New York City. Pac would later blame Biggie, Puffy, and Andre Harrell for setting him up but last year Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond confessed to setting Pac up. If you listen to the lyrics of Pac’s “Against All Odds,” it seems like Pac knew the truth all along.

Beanie Sigel

Beanie Sigel

On May 25, 2006, Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel was in his car on the corner of 22nd and Sigel street (the street where his rap name derives from) when two cars with five men in them rolled up on him. During the attempted robbery, Beans was shot in the arm. Not only did he survive, he drove himself to the hospital and was released later that same day.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

When he was 13 years old, Lil Wayne was playing with a 9MM handgun at home when he accidentally shot himself. He was driven to the hospital by an off-duty police officer and survived but he would later rhyme on the song “3 Peat,” “According to the doctors I could have died in traffic.”

50 Cent

50 Cent

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: 50 Cent was shot nine times in front of his grandmother’s old home in South Jamaica, Queens on May 24, 2000. He was seated in the back of a car when an assailant approached the car and and fired nine shots at close range, hitting the rapper in both legs, his arm, hip, right hand, the left side of his face, and his chest. The alleged shooter, Darryl “Hommo” Baum, was killed three weeks later. It took five months for 50 to completely recover; he was subsequently dropped from his label. This, of course, became the basis of one of the biggest stories in rap history. He revived his buzz via mixtapes and went on to become the biggest rapper in the world.

Lloyd Banks

Lloyd Banks

After exiting a club in South Jamaica, Queens in 2001, G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks was shot twice in what he’s described as a random act of violence. He was hit in the back and stomach, and ran to the nearest hospital (Mary Immaculate) after suffering the injuries. Worse yet, he woke up in the hospital on September 11 and watched the Twin Towers fall in disbelief.

The Game

The Game

Game was a Compton-area drug dealer known by his government name, Jayceon Taylor, when he was shot in an attack on October 1, 2001. He was at the apartment where he dealt drugs, when unexpected visitors appeared at the door. He was shot five times, but managed to make a call for an ambulance. He soon slipped into a coma which lasted three days. It was during his recovery period that Game decided to become a rapper.

Young Dro3

Young Dro

Young Dro has actually been shot in two separate incidents; the first time was when he was 16 years old. A native of the Bankhead Courts projects, he was shot in the back and stomach and forced to wear a colostomy bag. A second shooting took place, according to this video interview, when a former classmate of the rapper’s caught him sitting in his car looking through his phone. Dro says he grabbed the weapon, but not before getting his pants shot through.

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Fabolous

Fabolous was shot once in his right thigh while standing in a parking garage in downtown New York City after eating at the Diddy-owned Justin’s restaurant. After the attempted shooting, Fabolous and his crew attempted a getaway, during which they were stopped by police for running a red light. Unlicensed weapons were found in the car, and Fab was arrested before being sent to the hospital for treatment.

Obie Trice

Obie Trice

Obie Trice was shot once in the head on December 30, 2005 in Detroit, and the bullet remains in his head to this day. He had just left the Detroit club Envy, and was traveling down the Lodge Freeway with his girlfriend when a car pulled up in the middle lane and fired four shots through the back window. One of the last two bullets hit him in the back of the head. The rapper was transported by ambulance to Providence Hospital, and survived. Doctors told him that had the bullet traveled less than an inch further, he wouldn’t be alive today. The shooters were never apprehended.

Gillie Da Kid

Gillie Da Kid

On June 14, 2006, Gillie Da Kid was shot three times, twice in the arm and once in the leg, while he was attempting to enter a vehicle. He was treated at Einstein Hospital and, according to police, refused to cooperate with the investigation into the shooting. Three years later, the rapper would be arrested in a major Philadelphia drug bust after 89 pounds of marijuana were discovered.

Gravy

Gravy

In one of the most ridiculous shootings in rap history, Gravy was shot right outside Hot 97 in April 2006 but then managed to go and do an interview with Funk Master Flex right after. However, police eventually figured out that Gravy was actually shot by one of his boys for publicity. Coincidentally, in an example of art imitating life, an episode of The Sopranos titled “The Fleshy Part of the Thigh” involved a very similar plot line where a rapper gets shot in order to drum up controversy but ends up shot in the butt. However, The Sopranos episode aired a few weeks before the Gravy incident.

DG Yola

DG Yola

In 2007, while stopped at a red light, DG Yola was shot in a drive-by shooting and a bullet entered through one cheek and exited through his other. Police suspected the shooting was a robbery attempt.

OJ Da Juiceman

OJ Da Juiceman

OJ Da Juiceman was shot eight times in April 2008, according to a number of interviews conducted with the rapper around the time he first emerged as an artist. It was during, he says, a “brick deal gone bad.” In one interview, he says he was shot eight times on a Sunday, left the hospital by Wednesday (after which he compared himself to Wolverine), and was performing at a concert by that Saturday in Cincinnati. His debut LP was released in August of that year.

Trick Trick

Trick Trick

In 2009, Trick Trick was shot in his hometown of Detroit at Club Esko. Trick was shot after an altercation that involved Jim Jones. Details were sketchy, and although Trick denied being shot, police confirmed to a local paper that the rapper was shot.

J. Futuristic

J. Futuristic

During the video shoot for his single “Hold Up,” J. Futuristic (aka J Money) was shot six times in June of 2012. Born Eddie Miller, the southern rapper claims over a hundred gunshots were fired, and the Atlanta Police Department speculates it was a gang-related incident involving the Raised on Cleveland set. Futuristic suffered gunshot wounds to his back, leg, arm, ankle and calf, of which shattered his shin. While declining to speak with police following the attack, he later told MTV, “I thank God I’m still alive. Still made it through the storm.”

Honey Cocaine

Honey Cocaine

The problems began after concertgoers began throwing things onstage during Tyga’s performance in Omaha, Nebraska, prior to his performance of “Rack City.” After telling the hecklers to meet him outside after the show, Tyga and his entourage, including rapper Honey Cocaine, left in a van. They were pursued by a black four-door sedan, and shots were fired into the vehicle. Honey Cocaine was shot in the arm, and was sent to Creighton University Medical Center; another man was grazed, but refused treatment. No one was seriously injured.

Trae Tha Truth

Trae Tha Truth

On June 20, 2012, rapper Trae Tha Truth was shot in the shoulder after exiting the strip club Scores Cabaret in Houston. Witnesses claim over 20 shots were fired in the clubs’ parking lot, with five people being hit including Trae (born Frazier Thompson). Three individuas were pronounced dead at the scene, two of them being Dinky D and Poppa C who were closely linked to Trae’s ABN family.

The gunman, Feanyichi Uvukansi, was caught two weeks later and is currently facing capital murder charges. It is believed that Uvukansi solely intended to harm Poppa C as the two had an undisclosed altercation days prior to the shooting. According to Trae, the bullet is still lodged in his shoulder.

via: complex.com

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