When most people think of rappers they probably think of music, money, and lots of twerking ladies—but what about psychics?
While most rappers don’t go around claiming to have a sixth sense, there have been a few times when seemingly harmless lyrics foretold notable events. From Lil Wayne predicting Barack Obama’s presidency on his song “Hard Times” in 2007, to Jay Z rapping about his book success years prior to producing one on “Money, Cash, H–s,” some rappers have hit the nail on the head of big events.
Sadly, not all rap premonitions pertain to success. Some hip hop artists wrote about their own deaths immediately prior to leaving this world for real. Are these just strange coincidences or did these musicians predict their own demise? You decide.
Two months before Tupac was gunned down, the West Coast rapper was featured on Richie Rich’s track “N—s Done Changed” and Shakur eerily raps about being murdered– more specifically, being shot. The haunting lyrics came so closely to the rappers death that people began to believe he predicted it.
Lyrics: “I been shot and murdered, can tell you how it happened word for word/ But best believe n—s gon’ get what they deserve.”
Shakur was killed during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7th, 1996.
When Christopher Wallace —better known as the Notorious B.I.G.— released “Suicidal Thoughts,” most people thought the Brooklyn native was just overly paranoid. But when he was famously killed in Los Angeles in 1997, the song seemed more like a forewarning of the tragic event.
Lyrics: “I’m glad I’m dead… I swear to God I feel like death is f—king calling me.”
The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in a drive-by shooting shortly after attending the Soul Train Awards ceremony on March 9th, 1997.
Considered a young legend, Lamont Coleman (better known as “Big L”) was known throughout the hip hop world during his teen years. The Harlem rapper released his debut album at 21 and was killed just months before dropping the highly anticipated follow up.
Big L’s second album was eventually released posthumously, but one of the songs struck fans as odd after the artists’ death. In “Casualties of a Dice Game,” Big L describes an elaborate scene of gambling and crime, in which he ends up dead.
Lyrics: “I got weak and fell on my rear/Now I can hear the sirens, that means here comes the Jakes/But it’s too late, I’m knocking on the pearly gates.”
Big L was murdered in a drive by just a couple of blocks away from where he grew up in Harlem on February 15th, 1999.
In the VH1 documentary Last Days of Left Eye, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and her assistant were shown getting into an accident in which they hit and killed a little boy, whose last name was Lopez. Left Eye was visibly disturbed by the accident, and told her friends that she felt as if the spirit of death had been trying to take her and took the boy by mistake.
Although not a song lyric, it’s pretty eerie that the rapper admitted to having dreams about her own death in the days before she passed.
Left Eye died in a car accident in Honduras two weeks later on April 25th, 2002.
While not necessarily a national household name, Darnell Quincy Lindsay —known by the stage name Blade Icewood— was considered a Detroit legend. In 2004, he and fellow local rapper Wipeout were publicly at war with one another. In September, Icewood was shot and paralyzed but he lived. Two days later, Wipeout was gunned down and Icewood suggested that it was in retaliation for his own shooting on the track “Ride On Me.”
A couple weeks later, Icewood released another song about the incident called “All To You,” on which he discussed his shooting and thinking he wouldn’t be able to walk again. He raps about his resentment for those who shot at him, talks about retaliation and warns his enemies that they’d better kill him the next time around.
Lyrics: “N— next time, you better take me out.”
Unfortunately, he was right. He was killed in a drive-by shooting outside of a car wash a few months later on April 19th, 2005.
In a series of frightening premonitions, not only did this Detroit rapper foretell his own death, but so did his best friend and D-12 group mate, Eminem.
Two years before Deshaun Holton “Proof” was fatally shot, D-12 released the song “40 Oz.” On Proof’s verse, he talked about fighting and dying in the club, which were the exact circumstances that surrounded the rapper’s death.
Even scarier, a year after “40 Oz,” Proof was featured in Eminem’s video for “Toy Soldiers,” as a man who was slain in a drive-by while his best friend (played by Eminem) watched.
Lyrics: “I’m in the club to beef/You gotta murder me there.”
Proof was shot during an altercation in Detroit’s CCC Club on April 11th, 2006.
Rapper Roderick Anthony Burton II, better known as Dolla, was killed before he could release his first album.
He grew up in Atlanta and spoke about his experiences as a gang member on the track “Georgia Nights.” On the same song, the young musician foretold his death, attributing it to a gun and claiming it was the same way all the men in his family did and would continue to die.
Lyrics: “Waking up in cold sweats having dreams of going out with a bang/My poppa died by the gun, I’ll die by the gun/And if I ever have a son he’ll probably die by the same…They say the good die young so I must be on my way.”
At 21 years old, Dolla was shot and killed outside of Los Angeles’ Beverly Center on May 18th, 2009.
A member of French Montana’s “Coke Boys” group, up and coming rapper Lionel Pickens —better known as Chinx Drugz— died just as he was earning major fame in the hip hop world. Chinx often rapped about the hardships of growing up in Queens, New York.
In his song “Maybe,” he expresses how he felt when he heard that his friend had died due to the rough lifestyle they share. He vents his frustrations but also claimed that he would probably see them all soon.
Lyrics: “Certain things in life just go unexplained, death’s a sure thing, kids left to hold your name/ This’s for my homies on the other side, we see you short but try hard not to f—k up my stride/ Sheisty b-tches won’t f—k up my high, put the key in the ignition and jump in the ride/ Just trying to find a peace of mind, this nasty n—a’s trynna take a piece of mine.”
The New York rapper was murdered in a drive-by shooting in May 17th, 2015, leaving behind a wife and son.