The young rappers were only beginning to reach their potential in their respective music careers
On Monday, two popular US rappers, XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo were killed in two separate drive-by shootings in the United States.
Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was shot and killed outside a motorcycle dealership in South Florida on Monday afternoon, according to TMZ and Pitchfork.
The notorious 20-year-old rapper was leaving the dealership when a gunman approached his car and fired. The Broward County Sheriff's Department pronounced him dead.
According to Forbes, XXXTentacion contributed to bringing “SoundCloud rap”—a hyper-distorted, lo-fi subgenre—into the mainstream media.
The young rapper also had a history of violence and had been incarcerated multiple times. In 2017, his ex-girlfriend alleged he “head-butted her, punched her, stomped on her, and put her in the bathtub, where he continued hitting and kicking her” while she was pregnant.
Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo was killed in a drive-by shooting in his hometown that also wounded a second man, authorities said.
Two men were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds. Wopo’s manager, Taylor Maglin, later confirmed that the rapper had died. The second man, who has not been named, was reportedly in stable condition, reports Time.
Wopo, whose birth name is Travon Smart, had a history of shootings. Prior to the lethal shooting on Monday, he had been shot six times.