Rapper Black The Ripper Dies at 32: Tributes Flock to Marijuana Defender

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Rapper and prominent marijuana advocate Black The Ripper has died, we learned. He was 32 years old.

The musician, real name Dean West, first became famous for his hugely popular Afro Samurai and Holla Back mixtapes, which were released in the early 2000s.

As he continued to make music in the years that followed, he eventually became a voice in the campaign to legalize marijuana in the UK.

RIP: Rapper and defender of marijuana Black The Ripper has died, it was revealed. He was 32 years old. The star (front) is pictured on the Caribbean island of Montserrat last week

RIP: Rapper and defender of marijuana Black The Ripper has died, it was revealed. He was 32 years old. The star (front) was photographed on the Caribbean island of Montserrat last week

Although it is still known how the star, also known as Ital Samson, died, a host of musicians went on Twitter to express their condolences at the news on Monday.

Brother MC Chip shared a snapshot of himself posing with MC from Edmonton, north of London, in happier moments as he wrote: “RIP my brother”, preceded by a heartbreaking emoji .

South London grime, MC Novelist said, “I can’t believe the news I just got. I had a good time with you cuz. Everyone will miss you. Rest in peace Black the Ripper.

Advocate: After launching his music career in the early 2000s, the star became a leading voice calling for the legalization of marijuana

Advocate: After launching his music career in the early 2000s, the star became a leading voice calling for the legalization of marijuana

Plants: in September 2017, posed in front of the New Scotland Yard in London with two marijuana plants, writing: `` I heard that the police were looking for me so I stopped at #NewScotlandYard ''

Plants: in September 2017, posed in front of the New Scotland Yard in London with two marijuana plants, writing: “I heard that the police were looking for me so I stopped at #NewScotlandYard”

Krept, of the duo Krept and Konan, reacted to the news of West’s untimely death by writing: “Not at all black the ripper. R.I.P man f *** inghell what a horrible year. [sic]

In what may have been his last public photo, West was photographed with friends on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, where he has family ties.

In the photo, dated April 1, the star was seen posing in front and in the center as he leaned against a silver Mercedes as he donned a green T-shirt and blue Adidas shorts.

Captioned the image, the poster wrote, “2020, we’ve cut ourselves off from the Bs. Stay awake @blacktheripper #corona #selflove # 1link. ‘ [sic]

Last snapshot? In what may have been his last public photo, West was photographed with friends on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, where he has family ties

Last snapshot? In what may have been his last public photo, West was photographed with friends on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, where he has family ties

Tributes: Although it is still known how the star, also known as Ital Samson, died, a crowd of musicians turned to Twitter to express their condolences at the news on Monday.

Tributes: While it is still known how the star, also known as Ital Samson, died, a host of musicians turned to Twitter to express their condolences at the news on Monday.

Monday evening, a lonely photo of West was published on the same account, next to the words: “Hope you are at peace my brother This one is too crazy … RIP @blacktheripper. “

West made the headlines in 2016 when he joined the web comedy troupe Trollstation to smoke inside a London Eye capsule as surprised tourists watched.

The group boarded the Eye at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 of the same year – to celebrate 4/20 – to create a video clip where they filmed themselves smoking and dancing inside. of the capsule.

In the same year, he also shared footage of himself strolling through the Asda supermarket while he was openly smoking cannabis.

London Eye: West hit the headlines in 2016 when he joined the web comedy troupe Trollstation to smoke inside a pod on the London Eye as they celebrated 4/20.

London Eye: West hit the headlines in 2016 when he joined the web comedy troupe Trollstation to smoke inside a pod on the London Eye while celebrating 4/20.

Police: Remaining provocative in his pro-marijuana position, the star also shared snapshots of himself confronted by police for overtly transporting cannabis

Police: Remaining provocative in his pro-marijuana position, the star also shared snapshots of himself confronted by police for overtly transporting cannabis

After sharing the images on his Dank of England Instagram account – from which a range of cannabis-related merchandise is sold – he caught Asda’s attention.

An Asda spokesperson said in a statement at the time, “Asda is a family retailer and we expect all of our customers to follow the law and recognize the strict anti-smoking policy that we have in place in our shops. “

Remaining provocative in his pro-marijuana position, the star also shared snapshots of himself confronted by police for openly carrying cannabis.

In September 2017, she also boldly posed in front of the New Scotland Yard in London totaling a pair of large marijuana plants, writing: “I heard the police were looking for me so I stopped at #NewScotlandYard and now I’m looking for them . “

Island in the Sun: in the photo, dated April 1, the star was seen posing in front and in the center as he leaned against a silver Mercedes while he put on a green Montserrat t-shirt

Island in the Sun: in the photo, dated April 1, the star was seen posing in front and in the center as he leaned against a silver Mercedes while he put on a green Montserrat t-shirt

Respect: The news of the musician's death comes almost a year to the day after he posed in front of the store in Los Angeles belonging to the murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle to pay tribute to him.

Respect: The news of the musician’s death comes almost a year to the day after he posed in front of the store in Los Angeles belonging to the murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle to pay tribute to him.

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