The UK music scene lost a legend when Black The Ripper—born Dean West, also known as Ital Samson—died unexpectedly back in April. He left behind a five-year-old son. During his lifetime, the 33-year-old’s music rightly gained attention for its laid-back sound and ability to channel how great it feels to smoke an eighth of Gelato in one session with your best friends, particularly via bangers like “We Get High”, “Light Up Everywhere” and “Doe”. Through excellent projects like 420 and High End Weed Music, the North Londoner arguably established himself as the Wiz Khalifa of the British rap scene. Yet he was so much more than just a “weed rapper”, his confessional bars always in-touch with social issues and what it’s like to be a poor person trapped in a city as ruthlessly capitalist as London…


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