Drakeo The ruler was scheduled to appear at the music festival, which included a stacked lineup of popular rappers including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and 50 Cent.
Drakeo the Ruler, a critically renowned Los Angeles rapper, has died following a stabbing at a music festival, according to reports. His death was verified by his press representative to the Guardian, but no other details were provided. The 28-year-old, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was set to play at the Los Angeles-based Once Upon a Time festival.
Caldwell was attacked on the festival site by a gang of people on Saturday evening, according to a source speaking to the LA Times. In a severe state, he was sent to the hospital, where he eventually died. “There was an altercation in the roadway backstage,” Live Nation, the festival’s promoter, stated. Artists and organizers chose not to continue forward with remaining sets out of respect for those involved and in consultation with local authorities, therefore the festival was called off one hour early.” Snoop Dogg’s set has been canceled.
Caldwell had not yet broken through to the mainstream, but he was a cult figure in his city’s rap scene. In 2015, he published his first mix-tape, and since then, he’s released ten additional full-length albums. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison in 2017 for illegally possessing a firearm.
Drakeo was arrested again in March 2018, this time on a murder charge stemming from a shooting in December 2016. While incarcerated, he continued to make music – the mixtape Thank You For Using GTL was recorded over a prison phone line – and was cleared of the murder charges in July 2019. He was released in November 2020 after agreeing to a plea deal on a charge of criminal conspiracy.
Following his release, he released The Truth Hurts, which included the single Talk to Me, which included guest star Drake. Drake was one of many who paid tribute, stating on Instagram that Caldwell “always gave it his all.”
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