A West Coast rapper generally known as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a Los Angeles music festival the place he and others had been scheduled to carry out.
A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his demise on Sunday to the New York Times and Rolling Stone. The artist’s actual identify was Darrell Caldwell. He was 28.
Drakeo the Ruler was assaulted Saturday evening at the Once Upon a Time in LA live performance, which was anticipated to function a number of artists, together with Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ice Cube. Organizers known as off the festival after the stabbing.
A combat broke out behind the essential stage shortly after 8:30 p.m., leaving one man severely injured by a suspect wielding an edged weapon, the California Highway Patrol mentioned in a naked bones information launch that didn’t identify Caldwell. The sufferer was taken to a hospital, the place he later died.
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The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department additionally responded.
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LAPD spokesman Officer Luis Garcia instructed the Los Angeles Times that no arrests had been made as of Sunday.
Caldwell, who began releasing mixtapes in 2015 and this previous February debuted his first album “The Truth Hurts,” has been known as “the most original stylist on the West Coast” for his darkly comedic lyrics and deadpan supply. His mixtape “Thank You for Using GTL” comprises verses recorded at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.
He grew up listening to acts like Hot Boyz, Boosie, Webbie and Dipset, however mentioned it was a battle rapper named Cocky who influenced him to rap.
“He was so smooth and calm while rapping, despite saying some of the craziest stuff,” he instructed Billboard earlier this yr. “It showed me you didn’t have to yell or be loud to get your point across.”
Caldwell pioneered a sort of rap known as “nervous music,” with songs that had been cryptic and darkish, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2018: “His cadences run counterclockwise to the drums, somehow both herky-jerky like a stickshift and swift and smooth like a luxury sports car it controls.”
Caldwell was launched from jail in November 2020 after reaching a plea cope with LA County prosecutors who needed to strive him on conspiracy fees in the 2016 killing of a 24-yr-outdated man. Previously he had been acquitted of felony homicide and tried homicide fees in the man’s demise.
The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmed in an Instagram publish that the occasion had been known as off early. Organizers didn’t give a cause.
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