News: Philadelphia Rapper Tommy Hill Fatally Shot

Sunday, Dec 4, 2011 10:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Philadelphia rapper Tommy Hill was reportedly killed heading into the weekend after suffering fatal gunshot wounds in his hometown.

Although the shooting took place Friday (December 2), details of his passing hit the Internet roughly 48 hours later.

Rapper Tommy Hill, part of the hip-hop group R.A.M. Squad, has been shot dead in Philadelphia. The rapper -- real name John Wilson -- reportedly died in the hospital over the weekend after being shot while coming out of a bar in the city's Uptown area in the early hours of Friday. Police confirmed there was a shooting outside Reuben's Marc Bar on Friday and that the case was now being treated as a homicide because the victim had passed away, WTXF-TV reported. (Pocono Record)

An inside source has provided information on what went down.

"He was in a bar having a good time and after they shot him and robbed him," a confidential source told AllHipHop.com. "The dudes he was with shot back, security came out and it was hectic situation." (All Hip Hop)

The late rapper's career dated back to the 1990's.

The Richard Allen Mob (R.A.M.), was known throughout the Philadelphia area, with albums like Operation Lock The City (1996), and Thee Album Regardless (1997). Their major label debut came in 2001, with the album Random Access Money, on Universal Records. Hill attempted to make a comeback by taking aim at fellow Philadelphia MC, Beanie Sigel, but seemingly fell on deaf ears. Hill was 36. (Hip Hop Wired)

He is also widely known for industry connections outside of hip-hop.

Through the late 1990s, Tommy Hill was a "playa," with one foot in the drug underworld and the other in the city's rap scene. He dealt with record executives and promoters, and he came in contact with kingpins and mobsters, like jailed Philadelphia crime boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, controversial West Philadelphia Imam Shamsud-din Ali, and North Philadelphia drug trafficker Kaboni Savage. Now, he says, he's put the drug life behind him, but he wants to get back into the Philadelphia music scene. (All Flamerz)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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