Sadly, 2020 has seen the immense loss of several up-and-coming rappers, including King Von, Pop Smoke and Mo3. These instances of senseless gun violence of course follow the 2019 death of Nipsey Hussle — not to mention this year’s nonfatal shootings: Megan Thee Stallion, Benny the Butcher and Boosie Badazz.
In an effort to prevent more tragedies, many veteran MCs have turned to social media to offer wisdom and advice to hip hop’s younger generation. One qualified OG is The Game, who took to Twitter over the weekend to issue his own warning about jealousy and violence.
“Young rap ni**as, stop showing off all ya money on social media,” he wrote. “For every dollar you floss it’s a hood ni**a out there loading a clip for you.”
The “How We Do” artist added, “#iBeenWhereYouAtAndSurvived.”
Jealousy was rumored to be a motive in the death of Nipsey Hussle, whose alleged killer — Eric Holder — has still yet to stand trial. Holder was indicted on several counts, including murder, attempted murder and assault with a firearm last May, but his trial has been delayed due to the pandemic.
Money and jealousy were also thought to be potential motives of Pop Smoke’s killers, although police believe that the targeted attack was more than just a robbery gone wrong. Four suspects were charged in the incident earlier this year after breaking into the Brooklyn native’s home, stealing items and fatally shooting him.
After the deadly shootings of King Von and Mo3, Meek Mill offered up-and-coming Philadelphia rappers record deals, as long as they squash their past beefs.
“I’ll get all the main big artists in Philly a deal if they put them bodies behind them and squash them beefs…I hear about,” he wrote on Twitter. “Got some hot young bulls from my city, but they all beefing! And that’s just an idea, but I’ll push thru with my city if y’all make it thing! It’s like 5 clicks that’s talented, but they deep in! And get they most attention when they beefing!”
T.I. also advised rappers to handle feuds in their own cities.
See The Game’s warning on Twitter below.