Chicago Artist JDott Trife Has Passed Away

Andrew Barber


These posts are never easy to write, and it seems over the past three years they’ve become more and more frequent. Tonight we’re saddened to report that Chicago rapper JDott Trife has lost his long battle with cancer.

This one especially hits home because I had a personal relationship with JDott. He was a longtime supporter of the site and our events, no matter how big or small. Not to mention we’ve covered his career extensively since 2009. Dott always had a smile on his face and was one of the most genuine humans I’ve encountered in our eight years in business. He was always humble, thoughtful and thankful, and someone I enjoyed catching up with, even if it was just for a few minutes.

We spoke on text rather frequently about his sickness, and he always kept me abreast of his situation. A few months back he was released from the hospital, and things were looking up. He was on the mend, and planned to release a new album and documentary, chronicling his career and battle with cancer. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and he succumbed to the disease earlier today.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to JDott’s loved ones and friends — as he had many across the planet. I can’t stress enough how great of a person he was and how sorry I am to hear of his passing. He was a special dude, and may he rest in peace. Fuck cancer.

If you’d like to hear some of the music we’ve posted from JDott Trife over the years, you can do so right here.  We will keep you posted on more details as they become available to us.


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  • Trilogy Da Great

    R.I.P Mr Dott! Much love to u and yours.The Ill Nature Crew appreciate the love and bond we had with u. Prayers go out to u and your family

  • Nicole Janeksela

    You’ll always be in my heart. I know you’re watching over us now. I’m sorry this happened, it’s not fair, and you of all people didn’t deserve this. I’ll continue to advocate on your behalf, and push for more answers and a cure for your cancer. Just like you told me 2 weeks ago, “I’ll be seeing you, when I see you”. I love you, your cousin Nicole.

  • West$ide Ghost

    Thoughts and prayers to family and supporters from the heart. Billy Joel said it right, “Only The Good Die Young” I still dont understand why. But it us all part if his plan. R.I.P. & God Bless

  • Nelson lilhouse Torres

    My nephew will be missed dearly! God bless your soul! Jdot trife.R.I.P.

  • Marianna C Rodriguez

    My dear nephew you were such a beautiful inspiration to all. You always spoke from your ❤. I will miss you and can’twait to reunite. Heaven has a new angel

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