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 year

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 statemen

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,”

Celebrities who have shown support for Lil Tjay following the shooting include his collaborators French Montana, The Kid Laroi, and Fivio Foreign,