Lil Tecca had a great 2019: his debut mixtape, “We Love You Tecca,” hit #4 on the Billboard 200 album charts, hitting platinum in September of 2020; he had his first top 10 hits, Ransom, which went multi-platinum; he earned nominations for an MTV Video Music Award and a Billboard Music Award.Not bad, for someone that the internet apparently thinks died at least three times last year.
Who is Lil Tecca?
Lil Tecca, born as Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe to Jamaican immigrants on August 26, 2002, began rapping from an early age, rapping over Xbox Live with his friends. While he did eventually upload one of these raps to Soundcloud, those bars were ultimately lost to time. While he considered attempting a career in professional basketball, he decided to focus on music.He picked up his name from social media, but not from his own: “I saw some girl with the name Tecca on the ‘gram, and I was like, “That’s fire,” so I just took it.” Before he even turned 18 years old, Lil Tecca found himself sitting on a major hit, when “Ran$om” hit the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2019, quickly rising to its peak at #4. His follow-up, “Did it Again,” didn’t hit as hard in the mainstream, peaking at 64, but still did well sales-wise, hitting #24 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Both songs went platinum, with “Ran$om” going platinum 4 times.His career didn’t begin and end with “Ran$om,” though, as he would later release his first mixtape, “We Love You Tecca,” which also peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 in 2019 and went platinum. While his first full album, “Virgo World,” hasn’t been out long enough to get an RIAA certification, sales projections from his record company, Galactic, are optimistic that he will see strong sales.
Why do people keep saying he’s dead?
Having just celebrated his 18th birthday, Lil Tecca seems to be doing well; he is definitely not dead!Tecca has been plagued with rumors of his death thanks to fake news. One article, on a fake news site called Channel 24 News, said that Lil Tecca had been found dead in JFK Airport in New York. According to the fake article, “This iconic SoundCloud rapper changed hundreds of lives and will be missed.”Looking up “is lil tecca dead” on Google pulls up numerous fake articles that tell how Lil Tecca died, from suffering a heart attack after popping 25 Xanax at one time to his manager finding him mysterious dead in his home.This was all a surprise to Lil Tecca, who responded to a fan who asked, “Why People Saying U Dead” by tweeting, “they want attention.”In spite of all these headlines, Lil Tecca is definitely alive; He wasn’t shot at JFK (nobody has been shot at JFK since 2016), he didn’t pop 25 Xannies in a hotel (Tecca claims he doesn’t even smoke weed), Lil Mosey hasn’t dropped 8 bars talking about how played out he is, Lil Tecca is doing just fine.
Tecca isn’t even the only one!
Celebrity death hoaxes have existed almost as long as celebrities themselves, and don’t seem to be going anywhere. Everybody from Betty White to Paul Mccartney of the Beatles has seen a fake death hoax centered around them.Tecca isn’t even the most recent victim of a fake death hoax; within the past few days, YMN Melly saw himself receiving several RIP tweets after rumors began spreading about him being killed in prison (he’s still alive), Lil Baby has been the victim of death hoaxes numerous times, as a result of another fake news website called Channel 22 News (he’s still alive, too) even Eminem had several Twitter users wondering about him when a Twitter user tweeted that he had killed Eminem (also still alive).It goes beyond celebrity deaths, too; celebrity rumors go from Mr. Rogers being a military sniper (he was never in the military), to Tupac Shakur faking his own death (sadly, Tupac really is gone). False rumors even go to the highest seats of power, with rumors started by the current president via Twitter that President Barack Obama was not a natural-born American (he was, as he went to great lengths to prove).
What can I do to prevent the spread of a fake rumor?
As seen from the United States presidential election in 2016, fake news can not only seem convincing, but it can cause serious, detrimental damage and severely affect whatever conversation may be taking place, almost always for the worst.So, what can you do to keep from spreading a fake death hoax around? First thing, check your sources. If the news source is a source you’ve never heard of before (like, for example, they call themselves “Channel 22 News,” or something similar), don’t just take their word for it. Keep an eye out for misspellings, improper grammar, run-on sentences, and a bias against the subject of the article.Let’s look at the “Channel 24 News” article about Lil Tecca’s death to see what could be used to identify fake news (to prevent the spread of fake news, we will not post a link to the article here); the opening sentence of the article, “Tyler Sharp aka Lil Tecca was only 16 years old and had a big influence in Nassau County, he change the rap game in New York,” does not summarize the news article; a real news article starts by condensing the story of the article in one sentence, and would’ve said straight away that Lil Tecca was dead. Further, this is a run-on sentence, with one thought being separated with a comma instead of a period. Also, the grammar, at least according to Associated Press style, would be “he changed the rap game in New York,” to indicate that what happened was in the past.The next sentence states, “At 9:00 am Tyler went to the JFK airport to catch a flight to Toronto this is where one individual came to Tyler’s gate and killed Tyler.” This is another run-on sentence, where the author didn’t even use a comma to separate their thoughts, simply going from Tecca being at the JFK airport and then being murdered by “one individual.” The article does not spell out “John F. Kennedy International Airport,” which a legitimate news article would do, at least for the first time that JFK Airport appears in the article. Not only this, but no details are given about what the individual looked like, what day the murder happened if Tecca was alone nothing.The article continues, “Authorities say he was shot twice and rushed to the hospital later reported dead,“ Besides the lack of commas, this sentence also doesn’t specify much; we don’t know who the authority was, where he was shot on his body, which hospital he went to, and how much later before he died. A news article would supply all these specifics, and not just basic information.The last sentence in the article says, “This iconic SoundCloud rapper changed hundreds of lives and will be missed.” Soundcloud, as a trademarked name, would be capitalized. More importantly, though, this article editorializes and says that Tecca “will be missed.” Even if the author of a news article would genuinely miss a deceased celebrity, they would not convey that in the article without attaching those words to a person close to Tecca, like a manager or a friend or family member.By looking carefully to see if an article tells you any real information or is just trying to pull a fast one on you, by seeing if they don’t give any actual details about the situation, you can figure out if you’re reading fake news. If that isn’t enough, look at the major news sites (places like CNN, the New York Times, or the Associated Press); if they aren’t reporting that something has happened, it’s likely that you have fake news.