These senseless and inhumane acts of violence were seen as 'glamorous' and indeed cemented rappers like Wallace and Shakur into the relms of hip hop history as the high priests of 'gangsta rap'. But what will it do for artists like Proof? Sure he was talented and I am in no doubt that he will be missed by his friends and family, but at the risk of sounding unpopular, what will his legacy in hip hop be?
This is just another futile case of artists leaving us before their peek and it's a damn shame. It is this type of mindless behaviour that is sticking the knife into the heart of hip hop music and bleeding it dry. In Britain, leading members of the chart-topping So Solid crew seemed hell-bent on following their fellow US performers down the self-destructive spiral of gun violence. In April, top US rapper Snoop Dogg and a 30-strong entourage made headlines after they had a violent clash with police at a Heathrow airport departure lounge in London. Snoop and five of his burly minders were arrested.
R.I.P Proof and all of the fallen talents of the past decade. As a dedicated disciple, I desperately hope that artists can start picking up the mics and putting down the guns to save hip hop from an apparent death wish.