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Jimmy Wopo Shot Dead; Rapper Was 21 Years Old

More tragic news out of the hip-hop world today, as up-and-coming rapper Jimmy Wopo has been shot dead at the age of 21.

Wopo was gunned down just hours after fellow artist XXXTentacion was murdered in Miami.

News of his passing was confirmed on Facebook by Wopo’s manager, Taylor Maglin:

“I lost my brother today and it’s the worst feeling in the world. He was destined for greatness and he wanted the best for his friends, family and community,” Maglin writes.

“We lost a great person today, but just know I will do everything in my power to make his memory live on forever. Love you bro.”

Maglin went on to encourage fans to celebrate Wopo’s life by continuing to enjoy his music:

“Jimmy unfortunately passed away and I ask at this time you keep his family in your prayers during this difficult time,” says Maglin. 

“He had such a bright future and I can’t believe he’s gone.”

Though not yet a household name nationally, Wopo (born Travon Smart) was a sensation in his native Pittsburgh.

Collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Hardo brought Wopo to the masses, and he was featured on several songs that found large audiences on Spotify.

His single “Elm Street” earned praise from such well-known artists as Pusha T and Juicy J.

Police say Wopo and a second man were gunned down in a drive-by Monday afternoon.

It appears they were specifically targeted by their assailants, who are still at large.

“This was an isolated incident, an apparent drive-by,” police said in a statement issued last night.

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On Twitter, thousands paid tribute to Wopo, with many bemoaning the back-to-back tragedies of two up-and-coming rappers being slain on the same day.

“Two beautiful black souls taken tragically. Rest in heaven Jimmy Wopo and XXXtentacion,” wrote one fan.

“Idk about y’all but jimmy wopo was the only rapper who gave us pittsburgh kids hope we would make it out. our own city don’t wanna see us win. you’ll forever be in our hearts wopo,” tweeted another.

We’ll have further updates on this situation as more details become available.

Our thoughts go out to Jimmy Wopo’s family during this tremendously difficult time.

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XXXTentacion: Shot Dead In Miami?!

Rapper Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, known professionally as XXXTentacion, was shot today in Miami.

According to a report from TMZ, the 20-year-old was shopping for motorcycles, and as he left the dealership with his entourage, a gunman approached the car and opened fire.

It is not known how many bullets struck Onfroy.

Tragically, early reports about the rapper’s condition are not promising.

Sources say he had no pulse, and his body appeared “lifeless” as he was loaded into an ambulance.

There have been no further updates since Onfroy arrived at an area hospital.

TMZ has obtained video from the incident that shows an unconscious body in the front seat of a sports car.

Be warned that the content in the clip below is rather graphic.

Arriving on the hip-hop scene last year with his debut album, 17, XXXTentacion has been a divisive figure from the start.

Onfroy quickly amassed a large and devoted fan base, with multiple singles from his second album making their way into the Billboard 200.

But just as rapidly his career was derailed by a string of scandals.

Onfroy began rapping professionally not long after being released from a youth detention center, where he was locked up on weapons possessions charges.

Additional legal issues followed and violent incidents followed soon after.

Onfroy has been accused of assaulting fans at his concerts on more than one occasion.

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His feuds with fellow artists such as Drake and Migos resulted in threats of violence, including one incident in which Onfroy claims one of the Migos emcees pointed a gun at him.

But the most egregious alleged incident — and the one that got Onfroy’s music banned from streaming services such as Spotify — occurred in October of 2016, when he was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend while she was pregnant with his child.

Onfroy was not known to be involved in any violent disputes in the weeks leading up to today’s shooting, but needless to say, he’s made quite a few enemies over the years.

We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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