The growing industry of rap has recently lost another talent. Last Saturday night outside the Cube Nightclub in Toronto, Jahvante Smart a.k.a. Smoke Dawg suffered a gunshot wound and was proclaimed dead at the young age of 21. Two other victims were reportedly involved in the shooting: a 28-year-old producer named Ernest Modekwe and an unidentified woman currently undergoing recovery. Police had been reaching out to residents around the area for security camera footages or any witness who could narrate the incident.
Smoke is famously known for his “Trap House” remix featuring French Montana. He is also a member of the music collective called Halal Gang. Drake took it to his Instagram story to pay out a tribute to the young rapper who performed alongside him in last year’s Boy Meets World tour.
The List Goes On
With no less than a month, another young artist is added to the list. Last June 18, 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion was also shot dead in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Tupac Shakur was only 25 years old when he was shot 4 times on the 7th of September 1996. The drive-by shooting happened in Las Vegas and had recently been given light through the confession of a former gangster regarding the killing.
Another drive-by shooting in Los Angeles led to the death of Christopher Wallace, famously known as The Notorious B.I.G. He was 24 years old when the rapper and his entourage left a hip hop party riding in the front car. At around 12:45 am, another vehicle pulled up beside them to open fire. A Netflix documentary recently tackled the murders of Tupac and B.I.G.
The question hangs as to why these rappers’ lives end too soon in their early 20s and too much surprise, all deaths were delivered by guns. And should incidents similar to these be used as a warning sign for all future artists? Share your thoughts below!