A rising star in the rap game was shot and killed in Los Angeles, California Wednesday evening, the latest in a series of fatal shooting incidents that have rocked the hip-hop industry in recent years.
Rapper Slim 400, whose real name is Vincent Cohran, was found by police to suffering from gunshot wounds shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday in an Inglewood neighborhood, the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles reported.
He was rushed to a hospital by paramedics but was ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Police responded swiftly
KTLA reported that police officers had been on patrol in the area and swiftly responded to the scene of the shooting after hearing multiple gunshots.
Homicide detectives have reportedly taken the lead in the investigation of the incident and were said to be in search of evidence and any witnesses who could help shed light on what had occurred.
This wasn’t the first time that the Compton-based rapper had been shot, as he had been on the receiving end of a 2019 shooting in his home city but had survived following emergency surgery.
Ironically, ABC News reported that the 33-year-old slain rapper had been shot and killed just hours after he had paid tribute on social media to a fellow rapper he had collaborated with in the past who was shot and killed in November.
That other dead rap star, Young Dolph, had been gunned down outside a bakery in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Dolph and Slim had worked together on the 2019 track Shake Back, and Slim had shared a photo of the cover art for that piece on his Instagram account along with the message “RIP.”
Even eerier is the fact that the cover art he shared of the collaborative song just hours prior to his own sudden death in a hail of gunfire featured a tombstone that was inscribed with the names of both of the now-deceased artists.
Not the first time
ABC further noted that both rappers had previously been shot at, with Dolph having survived two shootings in 2017, the first in February when his bulletproof SUV was fired upon 100 times in Charlotte, North Carolina — which inspired his popular song 100 shots — and the second incident occurring in September in Los Angeles.
Another ironic connection noted by ABC is the fact that Slim had also collaborated with fellow Compton rapper YG, who in turn had worked alongside popular rapper Nipsey Hussle, who had been gunned down in his own Crenshaw neighborhood in L.A. in 2019.
Anyone who follows the hip-hop and rap industry knows that it is a dangerous game where, all too often, there is an overlap between the reality they live and the lyrical content they share.