Kirshnik Khari Ball, also known as Takeoff, died on November 1, 2022. He is the most recent rapper who has fallen to gun violence which has been seen more often within the past years.
Takeoff was the youngest member of rap trio Migos. Quavo and Offset are the other two members of the Migos and witnessed their nephew and cousin Takeoff on the ground when a fight broke out and shots were fired at a bowling alley in Houston when a fight broke out and shots were fired.
The 28-year-old is the latest rapper who has died from gunshot wounds. There has been a history of American rappers dying from fights and gunshot wounds since Biggie Smalls was killed in 1971. Shortly after Biggie Smalls was killed, Tupac was shot and killed in Houston in 1996. More recently Nipsey Hussel, Young Dolph, PnB Rock, Pop Smoke and XXXTentacion.
What makes these rappers so susceptible to gun violence? Nipsey Hussel was in his own neighborhood when he was shot 10 times. Young Dolph was outside of a bakery on his way to hand out turkeys to his neighborhood when he was shot and killed. XXXTentacion was only 20 years old when he left a motorcycle dealership in Florida and gunmen fatally shot him in the neck.
According to the Pew Research Center, more people in the US have died from gun-related wounds in the year 2020. The percentage of deaths from guns have increased every year for the past five years. More and more people have fallen to gun violence over any other type of injury or incident.
For the past five years there has been at least one US rapper every year who has died as a result from gun violence. It has almost become normal to hear about gun violence in everyday society. Every time a popular rapper or a rising star gets tragically killed, it sheds a light on the bigger issue that is seen in America.
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