Violence Taints the Hip Hop Community, Bankroll Fresh Murdered

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Atlanta has transformed into an unwavering hub of musical talent, hosting some of Hip Hop’s most favorable artists and sounds. As these artists work diligently to make a lasting impact on the game, their futures are often interrupted by senseless acts of violence. Bankroll Fresh, an Atlanta based recording artist signed to 2 Chainz’s Street Execs label, was shot and killed last night outside the Street Execs studio. News outlets report 50 shell casings were found at the scene of the crime. It has also been reported that Bankroll Fresh (Trentavious White) died while being transported to the nearest hospital.

The city of Atlanta, especially its millennial group, is deeply affected by such unforeseen loss. Twitter timelines and Instagram news feeds flood with condolences and pictures of the rising star. Big name rap personas also voice their feelings towards Bankroll’s death via social media platforms. 2 Chainz is one of the first Hip Hop heavy hitters to comment.

Mike Will Made It also tweeted his condolences.

As the city of Atlanta suffers from the loss of a rising creative, the real question remains: Does the African American “street” community suffer from jealousy? Do they lack respect for those fighting to better their circumstances in the face of oppression? Is Bankroll Fresh a victim of his past? Were his street affiliations a direct tie to his untimely death? The underlying truth behind the murder has yet to be discovered, but the sequence of short lived lives for rising rap artists has become a bit too common. From the death of Lil’ Snupe, to Speaker Knockerz, and the heart wrenching murder of Doe B, it appears as though it ain’t never all good in the hood.

As the African American community struggles to minimize Black on Black crime in poverty stricken areas, the infectious disease of jealousy taints the creative future of Hip Hop. Bankroll Fresh alluded to growing up in Atlanta, and the struggles he faced while acquiring fame. In an interview with The Fader magazine he stated, “I was in the streets, running around. I was hustling. But I also was going to the studio because I had seen the bigger picture. I knew I wasn’t gonna be able to make millions just running around in the streets because first of all your name will get too hot, they’ll try to knock you off.” He continues to elaborate, exposing the fact that once reaching a certain level of fame, you become a target, and “they” will try to kill you.

As we mourn the life of Bankroll Fresh, we hope to keep his spirit alive through his work. Check out some of his hits below, as well as a behind the scenes look into the release of his mini documentary exclusively brought to you by @AnnsleighDeniseDotCom.


Annsleigh Denise is a graduate of Spelman College, earning a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Minor in Multi-Media and Professional Writing. She is a multifaceted creative, focused on the inner-workings of print, publication, and Broadcast Journalism. Possessing notable editorial skills, Annsleigh aspires to utilize her professional experience to impact the world of media.

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