2) Tupac Shakur
Arguably one of the best. Tupac Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling music artists of all time. On September 7 1996 he was shot multiple in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas.
American rapper Rakim is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time. His subject matter often covered his own rapping skills and lyrical superiority over the others.