Death has influenced the music of countless hip-hop artists. But it's extra chilling to hear the fatal ideas of those who left us too soon, like Juice WRLD, Mac Miller, The Notorious B.I.G. and more. It's almost like they could sense their fate...
1. Juice WRLD – "Wishing Well"
Across the standout track "Wishing Well" from 'Legends Never Die,' Juice sounds all too aware of how his drug addiction could lead to tragedy: "But if I keep taking these pills, I won't be here."
At just 21 years old, he overdosed on codeine and oxycodone.
2. XXXTENTACION's Final Instagram Live
During his last IG Live prior to being ambushed outside of a Florida motorcycle shop, XXX spoke about his legacy at 20 years old. "If I’m gonna die…I want to make sure that my life made at least 5 million kids happy."
He has over 26 million Spotify monthly listeners.
3. Tupac – "N***** Done Changed"
Released a couple of months after Tupac was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996, his verse on Richie Rich's "N***** Done Changed" mirrors some of the real-life crime details: "I been shot and murdered, can't tell you how it happened word for word."
4. Mac Miller – "Brand Name"
Mac Miller's discography is filled with allusions to dying young. One that sticks out is the above rhyme from 2015's "Brand Name" where Mac mentions how laced drugs could push him toward the "27 Club," the age when Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and several other iconic artists died.
"To everyone who sell me drugs / Don't mix it with that bulls**t, I'm hopin' not to join the 27 Club." He was 26 when he accidentally overdosed on fentanyl.
5. King Von On 'Million Dollaz Worth of Game'
Describing the cycle of violence that harms his home neighborhood in Chicago's South Side and beyond, King Von said during his final interview that those involved either go to jail, die or "get lucky."
Sadly, this lifestyle fueled the Atlanta shooting that left him dead.
6. Lil Peep – "The Way I See Things"
One of the qualities that made Lil Peep such a beloved figure was his emo vulnerability, often presenting itself via bleak thoughts like this one from a 2015 track: "I got a feelin' that I'm not gonna be here for next year / So, let's laugh a little before I'm gone."
Though he'd continue living for over two years after, a tainted batch of Xanax eventually caused him to OD at 21.
7. Juice WRLD – "Legends"
Following the sudden losses of Peep and then XXXTENTACION, Juice channeled his exhaustion into a tribute track titled "Legends." At one point, he questions the infamous "27 Club," as his peers aren't even "making it past 21."
That was his age when he passed, too.
8. The Notorious B.I.G.'s Album Themes
Perhaps no rapper here was as straightforward about their haunting premonitions as BIG. In addition to calling his debut album 'Ready to Die,' the cover art for his second album, 'Life After Death,' released just 16 days after he was shot, positions him next to a hearse.
9. Pop Smoke's Interview With Angie Martinez
Let it be clear that Pop Smoke's attitude when behind the mic was all about connecting with listeners over mutual potential. But he did have a feeling of the dangers that followed him as a hugely successful artist, as you can hear in this chat days before his killing.
10. DMX Speaking On 'Drink Champs'
Similar to Pop, hunger characterized much of DMX's attitude. However, after building a legacy spanning more than 30 years, X felt very comfortable expressing his feelings about what the end would feel like.
"I've lived a good life," he said in his last interview.