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The Year in Music 2021: Artists we lost

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In 2021, we saw some of our favorite artists take their final bow.  Here’s a list of artists we lost:

February 8 — Mary Wilson, 76, Supremes singer.

February 18 — Prince Markie Dee, 52, member of pioneering rap group Fat Boys.

March 2 — Bunny Wailer, 73, the last living member of the Bob Marley reggae group The Wailers.

April 9 — DMX, 50, rap icon.

April 17 — Black Rob, 52, former Bad Boy rapper.

April 22 — Shock G, 57, member of alternative hip hop group Digital Underground.

June 18 — Gift of Gab, 50, rapper, Blackalicious.

July 16 — Biz Markie, 57, rapper best known for his hit “Just a Friend.”

August 9 — Chucky Thompson, 53, record producer who worked with Diddy, Faith Evans, Usher and more.

August 29 — Lee “Scratch” Perry, 85, reggae legend who produced tracks for Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Beastie Boys and more.

September 20 — Sarah Dash, 76, member of legendary singing group LaBelle.

September 27 — Andrea “Annie” Martin, 49, known for writing songs for the likes of SWV, Jennifer Hudson and En Vogue.

October 21 — Tommy Debarge, 64, member of the Debarge family and T&B funk band Switch.

November 2 — Ronnie Wilson, 73, oldest Wilson brother, survived by brothers Charlie and Robert, co-founder of The Gap Band.

November 17 — Young Dolph, 36, rapper.

December 8 — Robbie Shakespeare, 68, legendary bassist.

December 16 — Leonard Hubbard, 62, founding member of hip hop band The Roots.

December 18 — Kangol Kid, 55, best known as member of the group UTFO.

December 18 — Drakeo the Ruler, 28, rapper.

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