The American rapper Drakeo the Ruler, one of the promises of the genre on the American West Coast, died this Sunday after being stabbed at the Once Upon a Time music festival in Los Angeles, according to his agent, Scott Jawson. The promoter Live Nation, one of the companies associated to organize the festival, canceled the rest of the concerts as soon as it became known what had happened, issuing this statement: “There has been an altercation behind the scenes. Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers, it has been decided not to continue with the planned shows. ”
The artist, who had just turned 28 and whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was killed with a knife in the hallway of the dressing rooms of the participants in the event, among which was the famous Snoop Dogg, who has issued a statement from condolence in which he begs for the cessation of the wave of violence that has affected hip-hop in recent years.
“I am saddened by the events that took place last night at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival. My condolences to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler. I don't like negative attitudes and like many other artists, I was there to spread positive vibes. My prayers go out to all those affected by the tragedy. Please take care of each other, love each other, and stay safe. I'm praying for peace in Hip-Hop. “We seem to lose a rapper every week this year. Rappers have the most dangerous job in the world, “laments another artist on the scene, Jim Jones. The best-selling star Drake also wanted to say goodbye to Caldwell with a brief message on Instagram: “You always lifted my spirit with your energy, RIP Drakeo.”
Born in South Los Angeles, Drakeo the Ruler was raised by a single mother. He attended Washington High School in nearby Westmont, and soon became interested in the world of hip-hop as the brother of rapper Ralfy the Plug. In 2015 he recorded his first mixtapes and was discovered by DJ Mustard, who remixed his song 'Mr. Get Dough ', which reached several million views on streaming platforms. That same year he released his official debut mixtape, 'I Am Mr. Mosely', and in 2016 he released the albums 'I Am Mr. Mosely 2' and 'So Cold I Do Em', which included his biggest hit, 'Impatient Freestyle' .
In 2017 he was arrested for possession of weapons, and in 2018 for homicide in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old man, a crime of which he was acquitted the following year. Yes, he was convicted of association with criminal gangs, and after a stay in prison during which he released his latest album, 'Thank You for Using GTL' (in reference to the company that controls telephone services in prisons), he was released in November 2020 after reaching an agreement with the justice.
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