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. 

According to TMZ, 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.

According to reporting from, 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.