In February of 2020, rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in West Hollywood, California at his residence when masked gunmen entered the home in an attempted robbery.
Since the death of the 20-year-old star, the Brooklyn drill scene became one of the central topics in the culture of hip hop and its message.
About a week ago, a 21-year-old rapper from Brooklyn named Nick Blixky was shot and killed in his neighborhood of Prospect Lefferts Garden according to reports from ABC7 Eyewitness News.
The rapper was shot multiple times in the chest and announced dead on the scene when NYPD showed up.
Days before the murder of Nick Blixky, a member of his crew, rapper 22Gz, most famous for his “Suburban” track, went on Instagram live and started dissing fellow Brooklyn drill rapper Sheff G for copying his style and saying he doesn’t have no talent or swag.
The two rappers have been beefing for over a year because of their gang affiliations (22Gz being a member of the Gangster Disciples and Sheff G being a member of the Crips) although both rappers live in the same neighborhood.
Some speculations even tied the murder of Nick Blixky to Pop Smoke’s murder as an ongoing gang war in the neighboring sections of Brooklyn. Other conspiracies to Blixky’s murder is also being tied between the beef between Sheff G and 22Gz.
Recently, another Brooklyn based rapper named KJ Balla was shot and killed in a drive-by related shooting after bullets hit his car in his neighborhood of East New York. Ironically, last month, in his music video, “Back to Back,” it was reported that the 26-year-old rapper said in the song that he couldn’t “die in the streets” according to an article by the Daily News.
What has hip hop come to? What is happening to Brooklyn? What has happened to my beloved city of New York? Brothers, in these unprecedented times, we are supposed to self-quarantine, reflect, and work towards making a difference. Fans are listening to what you guys are putting out on record! Be mindful of those who you influence! “Stay militant and keep it playa,” as a friend of mine who tells me.
Rest in Peace Pop Smoke, Nicky Blixky, KJ Balla, and all the brothers that are dying from this new age of rap.
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