In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2021

Drakeo the Ruler was killed throughout an altercation backstage at a music competition in his hometown of Los Angeles. He was 28 years previous.

On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 18, the West Coast rapper was fatally stabbed simply earlier than he was set to carry out on the As soon as Upon a Time in L.A. present on the Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park, which was attended by hundreds of individuals. A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his dying to NBC Los Angeles and The New York Times on Sunday, Dec. 19.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Hearth Division advised E! Information they acquired a name at 8:39 p.m. about a stabbing close to the stadium and that they transported a person in essential situation, with out figuring out him. The Los Angeles Police division advised NBC Los Angeles that the sufferer was in his 30s and likewise didn't establish him. The case stays below investigation and no suspects have been recognized.

Citing sources with direct information of the incident, The Los Angeles Times reported that Drakeo, whose actual identify is Darrell Caldwell, was backstage when an altercation broke out amongst a number of individuals and he was stabbed. He later died from his accidents.

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The competition lineup additionally included fellow rapper Snoop Dogg. After Drakeo's stabbing and earlier than he was set to carry out, the competition was halted early.

In response to The Los Angeles Instances, shortly earlier than midnight, promotor Reside Nation launched a press release that learn, "There was an altercation within the roadway backstage. Out of respect for these concerned and in coordination with native authorities, artists and organizers determined to not transfer ahead with remaining units so the competition was ended an hour early."

On Sunday, after information of Drakeo's dying was confirmed, Snoop Dogg posted a press release on his Instagram.

"I am saddened by the occasions that befell on the As soon as Upon a Time competition in LA final evening," he wrote. "My condolences exit to the household and family members of Drakeo the Ruler."

He continued, "I am not with something detrimental as one of many many performers, I used to be there to unfold optimistic vibes solely to my metropolis of LA. Final evening I used to be in my dressing room once I was knowledgeable concerning the incident and selected to instantly depart the competition grounds. My prayers exit to everybody affected by tragedy. Please take care, love each other, and keep secure y'all. IM PRAYING FOR PEACE IN HIP HOP."

Drakeo, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, launched his first mixtape, I Am Mr. Mosely, in 2015. He has launched 11 main data, together with the hit 2017 mixtape Chilly Satan, and Thank You for Utilizing GTL, which was launched in 2020 and refers to a communications firm utilized in some correctional amenities.

The document contains verses Drakeo recorded over a telephone whereas he was in jail, awaiting trial in reference to the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man, his publicist advised The New York Instances.

In 2019, the rapper was acquitted of felony homicide and tried homicide costs after a hung jury. Prosecutors tried to retry him on conspiracy costs associated to the killing, alleging that Drakeo bore accountability as a gang member, even when he did not pull the set off, Rolling Stone reported. In November 2020, Drakeo was launched with time served after agreeing to plead responsible to taking pictures from a motorized vehicle with a gang enhancement, the journal stated. In response to the outlet, the star maintained his innocence and likewise denied being half of a gang.

"I would like [people] to take my music critically and really feel all the pieces. I imply, lots of people learn about my story," the rapper advised Rolling Stone earlier this 12 months, "however I would like them to know I needed to undergo so much to get the issues that I bought. I would discuss a sure method or say sure issues, however I have been by way of so much in my life. I would like them to really feel what I went by way of...I would like them to know that I am an actual individual, that we're the identical."

In February, Drakeo dropped the album The Fact Hurts. It comprises his hit single "Discuss to Me," which options fellow rapper Drake.

"Nah man this s--t is not proper," the latter star wrote on his Instagram Story. "For actual wtf are we doing...at all times picked my spirit up along with your power RIP Drakeo."

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