The 6 Weirdest Ends To Hip Hop Artists Careers
Hip hop’s a hard game to get into. Entire careers can live and die quick. Most of them follow a pretty set path. You fade into obscurity, get shot, get locked up or try and battle Eminem. Here are six hip hop artists who ended their careers in the weirdest ways.
At this point Shmurda is more famous for being spending so long in jail without a conviction than he ever was for his music.
He was arrested with 14 other GS9 members but was supposedly the driving force behind the gang. According to the NYPD, Shmurda’s lyrics were pretty much fact about what him and his boys were doing. That sounds hard but if you’re telling facts then don’t name your brother for teaching you to trap and point out one of your boys for catching a body.
Getting locked up is nothing new in hip hop but the whole Shmurda situation is weird for the scale of the arrests and how much GS9 incriminated themselves. Shmurda has five years left on his sentence but between trying to smuggle knives in and getting into it with Bloods and Crips, that sentence could be a lot longer.
After being arrested walking down a street naked and covered in blood, Lurch’s roommate was discovered dead in their house. It soon came out that he’d cannibalized his housemate while high on PCP.
A lot of hip hop artists incriminate themselves on tracks. Usually it’s something about trapping but not in Big Lurch’s case. He had some dark tracks, even by horrorcore standards, talking about random attacks of injecting people in the street with battery acid and kidnapping women. None of it helped what was already an open and shut case.
Since he’s been incarcerated he’s been out of the music game. He spends his time inside on religion and other activities and seemingly has no intentions of getting back to it once he’s out.
Everyone knows the details of Pac’s death. Shot four times while sitting in a car with Suge Knight. No shooters ever identified. There’s probably going to be hip hop artists going out like that as long as the music exists but that’s not what makes his death so weird.
Some of his tracks reference his death almost prophetically and the release of The Don Killuminati right after his death was too weird to ignore.
The amount of posthumous releases that often seemed way too relevant added to the weirdness around his death.
After the death of Biggie and contractual disputes with Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment label, Murda Mase had had enough of hip hop. Rappers retiring or at least leaving labels to keep control of their work isn’t uncommon. Most of the time they sideline rap and turn their focus to something vaguely related.
Mase went the opposite way and decided following his retirement in 1999 that he would follow a calling from God and open a ministry in Atlanta.
Seven years later, Mase decided that the Mason Betha Ministry wasn’t the right way to deliver his message. Murda Mase announced a comeback which ended up being the first of two attempts. His calling from God wasn’t technically the end of his career but he’s lacking the credibility he once had. Ten years since his comeback he hasn’t had a return to the success of his heyday. Maybe calling rap fake had something to do with it, hip hop artists and fans don’t tend to like that.
Fat Pat & Big Hawk
Fat Pat’s death at the height of his fame in ‘98 was one of many shocks to the hip hop world but it didn’t stand out much on its own. The death of his brother Big Hawk eight years later is what makes both of these hip hop artist’s deaths weird.
Pat was shot dead in an apartment after going to collect money from a promoter. Some speculate that his death was a set up but nothing was ever proven.
Hawk’s dead happened in similar circumstances. He went to the house of a friend, to play dominos and was killed as he went to enter. Neither death resulted in a conviction meaning any link more than coincidence it’s not likely to come out.