Just noticed this. . . every year that DJ Shadow puts out a new album, someone in hip hop dies. Weird, right? In 1996 (Endtroducing), it was 2Pac. . . in 2002 (The Private Press), it was Jam Master Jay. . . and in 2006 (The Outsider), it was Proof. Anyone else that I missed?
UPDATE: Oh, just remembered. J Dilla also died in 2006; he wasn't shot, though.