Young Musical Legends
February 27, 2020
The music industry lost many young artists in 2018 and 2019. While they may be gone, their impact on the music industry was massive. Here are five artists that are gone, but due to their music, they will never be forgotten.
Juice Wrld – Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019)
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Juice Wrld was reaching a new high in his career at only 21. During his sophomore year, Juice officially wanted to take his music career seriously. He began to gain popularity when his most streamed song, “Lucid Dreams” was published on SoundCloud. It debuted to no. 74 on BillBoard Hot 100. After reaching that mark, he continued to make features and albums such as “Death Race For Love” and “Wrld on Drugs” which massively expanded his audience. Juice continued to produce more music as time went by. Sadly on December 8th, 2019, Juice Wrld passed away due to an accidental overdose of codeine and oxycodone at the Midway International Airport. The media, his fans, and others were devastated to hear of the tragedy.
Nipsey – Hussle Ermias Asghedom (August 15th, 1985 – March 31st, 2019)
Nipsey was born as Ermias Asghedom on August 15th, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up, he was surrounded by violence and eventually joined the gang life. He affiliated himself with the Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips. While attending Alexander Hamilton High School he was accused of breaking into the school’s computer lab so he dropped out. Don’t let the fact that he’s a dropout fool you. He was an intelligent man. In 2009 he released his debut single, “Hussle In The House”. Following that, he released his third mixtape titled, “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name”. While advancing in his music career, he opened up a clothing store called The Marathon. On March 31st, 2019 Nipsey was gunned down outside of his store by fellow Crip, Eric Ronald Holder Jr.
Mac Miller – Malcolm McCormick (January 19, 1992 – September 7, 2018)
Born Malcolm James McCormick on January 19, 1992, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mac Miller burst onto the hip-hop scene in 2007 at the age of 15. In 2010 he signed to a label in Pittsburgh called Rostrum Records. He was known mostly for his song, “Donald Trump” which hit the Billboard Top 100 in 2011. It peaked at number 75 in January 2012. Throughout his career, it was no secret that Mac used drugs. After a rough break up with pop star and former Nickelodeon star, Ariana Grande Mac fell into a deep depression. His drug use increased and his mind was never the same. He passed away in late 2018 from a drug overdose.
Xxxtentacion “Ex-Ex-Ex-ten-ta-shion” – Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy (January 23, 1998 – June 18, 2018)
Born in Plantation Florida, Xxxtentacion was an outstanding young musical artist that had an audience like no other. His background helped him stand out among all the other young artists. He made albums such as ?, 17, and Members Only Vol. 3. His song, “Look At Me!” helped bring Xxxtentacion to fame. It hit the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 95. The song was originally popular on SoundCloud, but it expanded to other digital and streaming platforms.
Pop Smoke – Bashar Jackson (July 20, 1999 – February 19, 2020)
Bashar was born on July 20th in 1999 in Brooklyn. It was believed that he was affiliated with the Crips. He was most known for his song, “Welcome To The Party” that was released as a single from his album, “Meet The Woo”. The song peaked at number 5 on the Hot 100 Billboard, and his album peaked at 173 on the top 200. Sadly, Bashar was murdered in a home invasion on February 19th of this year. Bashar was only 20 and had a lot of promise in his career.