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Hip-Hop Is Old But Your Favorite Rapper Is Too Young to Die

Reckoning with the mortality of music gods

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In the span of two weeks in April, hip-hop lost DMX, Black Rob, and Shock G. Their ages were 50, 52, and 57, respectively. Fans could barely show proper respect for one fallen rapper before the next one passed. I won’t belabor the specific details of their deaths here, as the circumstances…

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Scott Woods

Scott Woods

Writer and poet holding down Columbus, Ohio