In the course of the incident, the “Thank You For Utilizing GTL” crooner (actual identify Darrell Caldwell) was fatally stabbed, his lawyer confirmed on Sunday, December 19, to the Los Angeles Times.
“We spent the toughest two years collectively preventing for his freedom, going through life, earlier than strolling out a free man simply over a 12 months in the past,” John Hamasaki advised the outlet. “By it, we grew to become buddies after which like household. I don’t even know find out how to begin processing this.”
The California native was assaulted when he attended the As soon as Upon a Time in LA live performance on Saturday, December 18. The festival was also scheduled to function performances from Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ice Cube. Nonetheless, upon Drakeo’s loss of life, the occasion was canceled.
“The As soon as Upon a Time in LA fest is ending early,” an announcement on the occasion’s official Instagram learn on Saturday. “All performances are actually over. Please head to the closest exit and head eastbound on MLK.”
Per the California newspaper’s report, a struggle broke out behind the principle stage earlier than the Los Angeles Hearth Division arrived on the scene, noting that the victim was severely injured by a suspect who had a sharp-edged weapon. After being transported to a neighborhood hospital, Drakeo later died from his accidents. No arrests have been made.
The 50-year-old “Gin and Juice” rapper, who collectively placed on the competition with Stay Nation, shared a somber assertion after information broke on Sunday.
“I’m saddened by the occasions that befell final evening on the As soon as Upon a Time in L.A. competition,” the Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Occasion alum wrote. “My condolences exit to the household and family members of Drakeo the Ruler. I’m not with something destructive as one of many many performers, I used to be there to unfold optimistic vibes solely to my metropolis of LA.”
He continued in his publish through Instagram: “Final evening I used to be in my dressing room once I was knowledgeable in regards to the incident and selected to right away depart the competition grounds. My prayers exit to everybody affected by the tragedy. Please take care, love each other and keep protected y’all. I’m praying for peace in hip-hop.”
Caldwell had been releasing mixtapes since 2015 earlier than his debut album, The Fact Hurts, was launched in February. His “Thank You for Utilizing GTL” mixtape was lauded after his bars featured lyrics that have been recorded whereas he was held at L.A.’s Males’s Central Jail after he was arrested in connection to a 2016 homicide.
The musician was launched from jail in November 2020 after reaching a plea deal. He was acquitted of felony homicide and tried homicide prices.
The “Stinc Crew” performer is survived by his son, Caiden, and his brother, rapper Ralfy the Plug.