Chart-Topping Rapper Lil Tjay in Surgery After New Jersey Shooting
Multi-platinum rapper Lil Tjay underwent emergency surgery on June 22 following a shooting in northeastern New Jersey.
The 21-year-old musician was out of surgery as of 1 p.m. EST and his condition was improving, though he’s still not out of the woods yet.
The shooting of Lil Tjay is part of a grim uptick in violence that has affected rappers around the country in the last few years, including artists like Drakeo the Ruler, Young Dolph, and Pop Smoke
Who was a close friend and collaborator of Tjay’s. After Pop’s 2020 murder, Tjay released a somber tribute song, Forever Pop, and expressed outrage over social media.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office put out a statement that two 22 year olds were shot at a large shopping center near the Hudson River.
The office later released a social media statement indicating that the shooting does not appear to be a random act, though they did not explicitly state this was the incident involving Tjay.
Celebrities who have shown support for Lil Tjay following the shooting include his collaborators French Montana, The Kid Laroi, and Fivio Foreign, as well as NBA star (and rapper) Miles Bridges.
Tjay said that 6ix9ine’s team offered to pay him to participate in a fake social media feud between the two New York rappers.