Tragedy struck the hip-hop community this week. 😢
Philadelphia rapper and model Chynna Rogers died on Wednesday in her hometown. The cause was an accidental drug overdose, according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She was only 25 years old.
Chynna was a rising hip-hop artist who got her start in music as a loose member of the Harlem-based A$AP Mob collective.
She initially connected with A$AP Yams, the group's late founder, when she was 15. Though she started out as an intern, she eventually transitioned to rapping and started releasing songs.
She could really, really flow, too. The most popular tracks in her catalog included "Selfie," Glen Coco and "seasonal depression."
Similar to Mac Miller, one of her peers who also passed away from an overdose, death was a common theme across Chynna's music. This was no clearer than in the titles of her mixtapes music 2 die 2 and, most recently, in case i die first.
In Chynna's final Instagram post, a series of videos shared on Tuesday, she bluntly laid out her appreciation of sad music. “I think there’s too many soundtracks to our lives,” she said. “I need music to die to.”
YouTuber Garrett Watts remembered her as "an insanely talented gorgeous emo-music-loving gothic rapper who was odd, bold, inclusive, sweet & just cool as hell."
"PHILLYS FINEST" is how Kehlani, a close friend, referred to Chynna in a tweet. "I love you. so very much," she expressed in another.
Vince Staples also reflected on Chynna's talent.
"I don’t like doing this when my people go but I think everybody needs to know that you were special. Too special for words," he captioned a black and white photo. "Stay outta trouble lil cuh."
As news of Chynna's passing spread, remembrances from many other artists across hip-hop poured in. Sending condolences to all those who are hurting. 🙏