Hip-Hop Reacts to Death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington
The music community lost another one of its stars as news broke today (July 20) that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide.
TMZ first reported that the Grammy Award-winning rock singer committed suicide by hanging himself inside a Los Angeles residence. Bennington's band mate, Mike Shinoda, confirmed the sad news on social media, writing on Twitter, "Shocked and heartbroken, but it's true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one."
Although not rappers themselves, Bennington and Linkin Park were frequent collaborators with some of hip-hop's biggest names over the years. In 2004, the band spearheaded the new millennium rap/rock movement by joining forces with JAY-Z for the collaborative EP Collision Course. Though at the time it seemed like it came from left field, the project spawned the hit single "Numb/Encore," which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, proving that Linkin Park's alternative metal sound could have a place in the rap world. More recently, the band had tapped Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly for their world tour.
Bennington, 41, leaves behind six children between two wives. While the music industry mourns the loss of Bennington, members of the hip-hop community are sharing their condolences online. Check out how rhymers like Chance The Rapper, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Uzi Vert and more are reacting to the death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
R.I.P. to a rock star and musical innovator.
my heart hurts in ways i never thought it could. i heard the news when i was driving in the car with my daughter and i couldn't even finish the drive. i pulled over and lost my shit. i remember watching u perform "crawling" stripped down with just mike shinoda playing the keys in Poland when we did that show together the other week, and your voice spoke to my soul. im re-living that moment now because that's how u deserve to be remembered: a voice for those who wanted to scream out, who had pain and no way of expressing it. u were that for me since 11 years old and i had the honor to become friends with u and share the stage with you, but i never got to say thank you. You guys invited me on tour this summer and it was the happiest I've felt in my career, I'm sad to not be able to see it happen, but mostly just sad for music, the linkin park family, and the fans - u were one of the greatest frontmen of a band to ever live and i just want u, wherever u are, to feel loved and to be happy. thanks for everything Chester. love.