- Drakeo, the Ruler, was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles music festival where he was scheduled to perform during an altercation.
Drakeo the Ruler, a West Coast rapper, was fatally stabbed during an altercation at a Los Angeles music festival where he was scheduled to perform, leaving fans devastated.
The rapper’s publicist, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death to the New York Times and Rolling Stone on Sunday. Darrell Caldwell was the artist’s real name.
Caldwell, 28, was assaulted at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert on Saturday night, which featured Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Ice Cube, among others. Following the stabbing, the festival was canceled.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a fight started behind the main stage soon after 8:30 p.m., and one man was severely injured by a suspect wielding an edged weapon, according to a bare-bones news release that did not name Caldwell. The victim was taken to the hospital and died due to his injuries.
Both the LAPD and the LAFD were dispatched to the scene.
Officer Luis Garcia of the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times that no arrests had been made Sunday.
Caldwell’s distinct sound and boundless creativity wowed music critics and fans alike. His death brought to mind the violent deaths of other talented young Black musicians, including Nipsey Hussle, a fellow LA rapper, in 2019 and Tupac Shakur, a highly influential figure, in 1996. Both men were killed by gunfire.
Snoop Dogg expressed his condolences to Caldwell’s family and prayers to those affected by the tragedy on social media. He said, “I’m praying for peace in hip hop.”
Caldwell has been dubbed “the most original stylist on the West Coast” for his darkly comedic lyrics and deadpan delivery. He began releasing mixtapes in 2015 and debuted his first album, “The Truth Hurts,” this past February. His mixtape “Thank You for Using GTL” includes verses recorded at the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail.
He grew up listening to artists such as Hot Boyz, Boosie, Webbie, and Dipset, but he claims Cocky, a battle rapper, was the one who inspired him to start rapping.
“Despite saying some of the craziest stuff, he was so smooth and calm while rapping,” he told Billboard earlier this year. “It demonstrated to me that you didn’t have to yell or be loud to make your point.”
The Los Angeles Times wrote in 2018 that Caldwell “pioneered a type of rap known as nervous music,” with songs that were cryptic and dark: “His cadences run counterclockwise towards the drums, somehow both herky-jerky like a stickshift and also swift and smooth like a luxury sports car it controls.”
Caldwell was freed from jail in November 2020 after reaching a plea deal with Los Angeles County prosecutors, who wished to charge him with conspiracy in the 2016 murder of a 24-year-old man. He had previously been found not guilty of felony murder and attempted murder in the man’s death.
In an Instagram post, the Once Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmed the event’s cancellation but did not provide a reason.
The event was organized by Live Nation, the Beverly Hills-based live events company behind last month’s Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas.
During a performance by rapper Travis Scott, a large crowd erupted, killing ten people and injuring hundreds more. An email request for comment sent to Live Nation on Sunday went unanswered.
Source: CTV News
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