Rapper Drakeo the Ruler stabbed to death at Los Angeles music festival

A rapper known as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a Los Angeles music festival where he was scheduled to perform, leaving fans of the young musician heartbroken.

A publicist for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death on Sunday byNew York TimesYRolling stone. The real name of the artist was Darrell Caldwell.

Caldwell, 28, was assaulted Saturday night at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert, which was expected to feature various artists, including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ice Cube. Organizers canceled the festival after the stabbing.

A fight broke out behind the main stage shortly after 8:30 p.m., leaving a man seriously injured by a suspect wielding a sharp weapon, the California Highway Patrol said in a basic press release that made no mention of Caldwell. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department also responded.

Music journalists and fans were delighted by Caldwell’s unique sound and limitless creativity. His death highlighted the violent disappearance of other talented young black musicians, including the Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle in 2019 and the highly influential Tupac Shakur in 1996. Both men were shot.

Snoop Dogg posted on social media his condolences to the Caldwell family and prayers to those affected by the tragedy."I’m praying for peace in hip hop", He said.

Caldwell, who began releasing mixtapes in 2015 and debuted his first album last February, "The Truth Hurts", has been called "the most original stylist on the west coast" for his dark comedy lyrics and deadpan delivery. His mixtape "Thanks for using GTL" It contains verses recorded at the Central Jail for Men in Los Angeles.

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He grew up listening to acts like Hot Boyz, Boosie, Webbie, and Dipset, but said it was a battle rapper named Cocky who influenced him in rapping.

"He was so smooth and calm while rapping, despite saying some of the craziest things"he told Billboard earlier this year."It showed me that you don’t have to yell or be loud to get your point across.".

Caldwell pioneered a type of rap called "nervous music", with songs that were cryptic and dark,wrotetheLos Angeles Times in 2018: "Its cadences go counterclockwise to the battery, somehow herky-jerky like a stickshift and fast and smooth like a luxury sports car that it controls. ".

Caldwell was released from jail in November 2020 after settling with Los Angeles County prosecutors who wanted to try him on charges of conspiracy in the murder of a 24-year-old man in 2016. He had previously been acquitted of the charges. of murder and attempted murder for the death of the man.

Once Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmedin an Instagram postthat the event had been canceled early and he did not give a reason.

The festival was organized by Live Nation, the Beverly Hills-based live events company that was behind last month’s Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas.

Ten people were killed and hundreds were injured when a large crowd rose during a performance by rapper Travis Scott.

In an email Sunday, Live Nation declined to elaborate on the altercation or provide details about the event’s security.

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