The shooting death of rising star Slim 400 added the rapper’s name to a growing list of artists devastated by gun violence in the United States.
The 33-year-old man, real name Vincent Cohran, was shot and killed in the Inglewood neighborhood of Los Angeles on December 8.
Details surrounding the shooting are scarce, however, officers were said to have patrolled near 7th and Manchester avenues just before 8 p.m. when they heard gunshots.
Police arrived at the scene to find a man, reported by TMZ as Slim 400, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He later died in a hospital.
Slim’s death comes just weeks after rapper Young Dolph, 36, was brutally gunned down at a Memphis cookie store in front of shocked customers and workers on November 17.
The couple had collaborated together in 2020 for the track Shake Back. Disturbingly, the cover of this single consisted of a gravestone with the names of Slim and Dolph written on it in red letters.
Slim had paid tribute to Dolph on Instagram hours before his death, sharing the song of his story with the letters “RIP” and a dolphin emoji.
Their deaths, along with those of KTS Dre, Indian Red Boy, MO3 and Pop Smoke, have propelled the industry into the spotlight, with insiders saying “bullets fly everywhere” and relatives claiming many stars are struggling to escape. their past.
‘ZONES OF WAR’
Taylor Maglin, owner of hip hop outlet The Daily Loud, told The Sun in July: “It all comes from the neighborhoods they’re bought into.
“These are war zones, they are vicious, people join gangs and the cycle continues. “
More than a dozen talented rap artists lost their lives in 2020. Still more died in 2021.
One of the problems are “dangerous neighborhoods,” according to Maglin.
He managed rapper Jimmy Wopo until his shooting death in June 2018.
Wopo has since been linked to the Hunnit Gang of 11 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and was named in police indictments following his death.
Maglin believes Wopo, real name Travon Smart, has been abandoned by a society and lawmakers doing nothing to help “children in dangerous neighborhoods.”
He said: “I think it has to do with where we are as a company.
“A lot of these kids come from dangerous neighborhoods. People in government are not really trying to improve them. “
MODEL OF VIOLENCE
In November last year, King Von was killed after a shootout broke out near an Atlanta nightclub. The Chicago native was just 26 years old.
Pop Smoke died at the age of 20 from a gunshot wound in February.
TMZ reported how the rising star was in a house in the Hollywood Hills at 4:30 a.m. when two masked men broke into.
Her grieving mother, Audrey, said “gun violence is destroying families” and “must stop”.
She said: “Due to gun violence, I will never see my son running past our steps, taking them two at a time. He will never take my hand again and dance with me. He won’t come into my room and muscle poses in the mirror. “
Rapper MO3 has died after being shot dead in a brutal shooting in November last year.
His vehicle was bombarded with bullets after a gunman opened fire on the Texas freeway.
Wopo manager Maglin said he was “immediately blown away” by the rapper’s music, but hesitated to work with him because of his “street life”.
“I could see this kid’s potential was amazing,” he said, “but he was kind of on the streets because of his origin – the Hill District.
“He had lived there all his life.
“I waited about a year and saw that he had started to take things a little more seriously.
“I connected with him and we decided to take it to the next level.
“And that’s exactly what we did – the momentum behind him was building up every day until he signed a recording deal with Atlantic. We were delighted with this. Things were about to be taken to the next level.
“And then he was shot.
“It was the most difficult day for all of us.
“He was completely focused on his career at the time. But unfortunately who he was before has sort of caught up with him. “
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Maglin said Wopo was “trying to find his way.”
He added, “There aren’t a lot of opportunities for these kids.
“It’s still happening now. You have other artists getting killed in their own neighborhoods. People are jealous of those who are successful. These neighborhoods have not improved. “
Another problem is the industry itself, according to relatives and experts.
Lil Peep’s mother, Liza Womack, sued her son’s team for wrongful death, neglect and breach of contract after his accidental overdose in 2017.
The lawsuit said he was pressured to gamble while “stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted, exhausted and physically ill”. The First Access defendants have denied all of the allegations, NME reports.
But Womack told Pitchfork in May: “Whatever form it takes, what I’m looking for is for people to be held accountable for their behavior. “
Hip-hop assistant professor Dr AD Carson told The Sun: “There could always be more care and more concern for those who find themselves in these high pressure, isolating and alienating conditions.
“Record companies and youth leaders could do a lot more to get help with mental illness, health insurance – it would make a difference for rappers young and old.
“If businesses can get by without insurance or paying for help, I think they will – especially if the thing the person needs the help for sells. “
The most recent deaths include rising star Indian Red Boy who was shot three times in the head on July 8 in a targeted shooting.
It happened while he was sitting behind the wheel of his car in the Hawthorne neighborhood of LA.
KTS Dre was then shot to death in the face and chest – just a day after her fiance posted bail.
The 31-year-old Chicago artist, real name London Sylvester, was shot and killed at least 64 times in July.
Reports said he was heading towards a waiting vehicle in the 2700 block of South California Avenue when two cars pulled up, from which several gunmen emerged and opened fire at close range.
Police have since identified KTS Dre as a member of the Lakeside faction of the Gangster Disciple, one of America’s most notorious street gangs, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Producer Jimmy Duval told The Guardian last year, “The rap game is unlike any other industry. There are a lot of guns and bullets flying. “
Maglin says he would tell aspiring rappers to “try to get out by legitimate means.”
“When Jimmy was alive he was involved in local projects – he paid for the jersey for the local football team, he talked to the kids, they admired him,” he said.
“But it was still very dangerous.
“I would tell the kids to try their best. You only have one life. “
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