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.