Drakeo the Ruler, the critically acclaimed Los Angeles rapper, has died after a reported stabbing at a music pageant. His press consultant confirmed his dying to the Guardian however didn’t give additional particulars.
The 28-year-old, whose actual title was Darrell Caldwell, had been scheduled to carry out on the As soon as Upon a Time pageant in Los Angeles. A supply chatting with the LA Occasions mentioned Caldwell had been attacked on the pageant web site by a bunch of individuals on Saturday night. He was taken to hospital in a essential situation, the place he later died.
The pageant’s promoter, Reside Nation, mentioned: “There was an altercation within the roadway backstage. Out of respect for these concerned and in coordination with native authorities, artists and organisers determined to not transfer ahead with remaining units so the pageant was ended an hour early.” A set by Snoop Dogg was cancelled.
Caldwell had not crossed into the mainstream, however was a vastly admired cult determine in his metropolis’s rap scene. He launched his debut mixtape in 2015, and went on to launch 10 extra full-length tasks.
In 2017, he was jailed for 11 months for unlawful firearm possession. In March 2018, he was detained as soon as extra, on a homicide cost relationship again to a taking pictures incident in December 2016.
He continued to document music whereas incarcerated – the mixtape Thank You For Using GTL was recorded down a prison phone line – and was finally acquitted of the homicide expenses in July 2019. After a plea deal for a cost of felony conspiracy, he was launched in November 2020.
After his launch, he made the album The Reality Hurts, together with the only Speak to Me with visitor star Drake. Drake was amongst these paying tribute, writing on Instagram that Caldwell “at all times picked my spirit up together with your power”.
The Los Angeles journalist Jeff Weiss, who had campaigned for his freedom, paid tribute, calling him “the best west coast artist of a era, a legend who invented a brand new rap language of slippery cadences, nervous rhythms, and psychedelic slang”.