LOS ANGELES — A West Coast rapper referred to as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a Los Angeles music pageant the place he was scheduled to carry out, leaving followers of the younger musician heartbroken.
A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his demise on Sunday to the New York Occasions and Rolling Stone. The artist’s actual identify was Darrell Caldwell.
Caldwell, 28, was assaulted Saturday night time on the As soon as Upon a Time in LA live performance, which was anticipated to function a number of artists, together with Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ice Dice. Organizers referred to as off the pageant after the stabbing.
A combat broke out behind the primary stage shortly after 8:30 p.m., leaving one man severely injured by a suspect wielding an edged weapon, the California Freeway 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.
The Los Angeles Police Division and Los Angeles Fireplace Division additionally responded.
LAPD spokesman Officer Luis Garcia informed the Los Angeles Occasions that no arrests had been made as of Sunday.
Music journalists and followers delighted in Caldwell’s distinctive sound and boundless creativity. His demise highlighted the violent demise of different proficient younger Black musicians, together with fellow LA rapper Nipsey Hussle in 2019 and the extremely influential Tupac Shakur in 1996. Each males had been shot.
Snoop Dogg posted on social media condolences to Caldwell’s household and prayers to these affected by the tragedy. “I’m praying for peace in hip hop,” he mentioned.
Caldwell, who began releasing mixtapes in 2015 and this previous February debuted his first album “The Fact Hurts,” has been referred to as “essentially the most authentic stylist on the West Coast” for his darkly comedic lyrics and deadpan supply. His mixtape “Thank You for Utilizing GTL” incorporates verses recorded on the Males’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.
He grew up listening to acts like Sizzling Boyz, Boosie, Webbie and Dipset, however mentioned it was a battle rapper named Cocky who influenced him to rap.
“He was so clean and calm whereas rapping, regardless of saying among the craziest stuff,” he informed Billboard earlier this 12 months. “It confirmed me you didn’t should yell or be loud to get your level throughout.”
Caldwell pioneered a sort of rap referred to as “nervous music,” with songs that had been cryptic and darkish, the Los Angeles Occasions wrote in 2018: “His cadences run counterclockwise to the drums, one way or the other each herky-jerky like a stickshift and swift and clean like a luxurious sports activities automobile it controls.”
Caldwell was launched from jail in November 2020 after reaching a plea cope with LA County prosecutors who needed to attempt him on conspiracy costs within the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man. Beforehand he had been acquitted of felony homicide and tried homicide costs within the man’s demise.
The As soon as Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmed in an Instagram submit that the occasion had been referred to as off early, and didn’t give a motive.
The pageant was organized by Dwell Nation, the Beverly Hills-based reside occasions firm that was behind final month’s Astroworld music pageant in Houston, Texas.
Ten folks had been killed and lots of injured when a big crowd surged throughout a efficiency by the rapper Travis Scott. An electronic mail message looking for remark from Dwell Nation on Sunday has not been returned.
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