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It truly hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Since Hip-Hop was birthed in the South Bronx, way countless individuals who repped the culture have passed away. Included in that bunch are rappers who left us entirely too soon and before reaching their true potential.

Whether they died of natural causes or fell victim to unforeseen circumstances, each MC has left their own legacy, whether large or small, in our culture.

But when you reflect on their bodies of works, there are those special ones who left us wondering how they would of developed artistically if they would have stayed with us longer. Who they would have worked with in today’s climate? Would their next album have shaped up to be genre bending collection? A variety of questions like these still come to mind.

With those hypotheticals still an ongoing hot topic, we present 15 rappers who died before reaching their potential. While sadly we had a deep list to choose from, we focused on those who we felt at the time of their passing had yet to truly impact the game in a major way.

Agree? Disagree? Feel in a ways? Let us know in the comments section.

Photos: Jive Records, Pinterest,

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