Twitter pays tribute to Earl Swavey as death of LA rapper confirmed


The Hip Hop community has been left reeling following the death of prominent Los Angeles rapper Earl Swavey.

His death was confirmed to Pitchfork by Swavey’s representative yesterday, though details about cause of death are still yet to be confirmed despite rumors.

Fans of the rapper have been pouring out messages of sympathy and grief, particularly given the recent passing of other artists.

Who is Earl Swavey?

Swavey, 26, was raised in South Los Angeles to a single mom after the death of his father at a young age. He found a passion in rapping after his brother and cousin entered the industry, and it only grew as he found inspiration in the likes of T.I., Rick Ross, and 50 Cent, who frequently rapped about the neighborhoods Swavey grew up in and understood.

In a resurfaced 2018 interview, Swavey talks fondly about his LA home, even while discussing some of the challenges and frightening things he witnessed as a child.

The LA rapper’s career explained

The 26-year-old’s early work is fast-paced, frequently interlaced with jokes and light-hearted digs, but his music and following grew with him he gained rapper A$AP Yams as a mentor and confidant.

Well-known songs include “Beef” off his mixtape Business Before Pleasure, which was the single that prompted Yams to reach out, the Gangland series of four separate mixtapes, the most recent released in 2021, and two other 2021 projects, The Dirtiest and Unphuckwithable.

You can listen to his music on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Fans pay tribute on Twitter

Fans of Swavey have been reminiscing on old work, circulating past interviews, and discussing the tragedy of so many young deaths in the past year.

“I just plan on doing better than what I did the last time,” Swavey said in a 2018 interview. As fans and friends alike commemorate this loss to the Hip Hop industry, it’s made clear that he reached his goal.

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Rest In Peace to the great Earl Swavey

— VINCE STAPLES (@vincestaples) January 10, 2022

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Get yo Rest Earl Swavey 🕊🙏🏾💔

— RJ OMMIO (@rjmrla) January 11, 2022

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RIP Earl Swavey you always showed love and you was one of the few people I met who was really making moves and connected all over, always positive energy, jokes and just a beautiful spirit

— HipHopHundred (@HundredHipHop) January 10, 2022

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