The implausibly named “Nipsey Hussle” was the most recent of such a long list of rappers shot dead that they have their own wiki list. It is unfortunate that they only get any press when someone puts a bullet in them. Every year I read a headline like “Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida, police say”, and I wonder who the fuck they were. This will continue to be the case until Eminem or Snoop Dog dies.
Let’s streamline the whole rapper career process and organise a “Fundraiser for unknown rappers getting shot” benefit gig. Every rapper who “sings” at the event, can sign a dated autograph, which can then be ebayed immediately after the inevitable shooting at the gig. Stick a few police around, so they might actually have a chance of catching someone (if they can tear themselves away from people saying bad words on Twitter).
The only other group of people who die to a collective bemused shoulder shrug are those that have lived so long, everyone has forgotten who they were by the time they die. Who will be so eloquent for Olivia de Havilland?