Rap world reacts to knife death of Drakeo the Ruler
Rapper Snoop Dogg said on Sunday he was “saddened” and “PRAYING FOR PEACE IN HIP HOP” after colleague Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert at Banc of California Stadium .
âMy condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Sovereign,â Snoop Dogg said in an Twitter statement. He wrote that he was in his dressing room when the stabbing occurred and decided to leave the festival “immediately”, where it was scheduled to perform later on Saturday night.
âI am not for anything negative and as one of the many artists I was there to spread positive vibes only in my town of LA,â the statement read.
Drakeo the Ruler – a South LA native whose real name was Darrell Caldwell – was backstage when a row broke out between several people and he was stabbed, a source told The Times.
Ice Cube and 50 Cent were also part of the festival’s lineup. As of Sunday morning, no arrests had been made for this murder.
Prominent industry stars mourned the loss. “For real wtf are we doing,” wrote popular rapper Drake in an Instagram Stories post. “[You] always caught my mind with your RIP Drakeo energy. Rapper Saweetie tweeted: “Man Drakeo has always been super cool and respectful. Prayers for his RIP The Ruler family.
Rapper Jim Jones urged other rappers to stay safe. “They know who we are because of our fame but we don’t know who they are because of our fame”, Jones wrote in an Instagram post. âIt feels like we’ve lost a rapper every week this year. … Rappers have the most dangerous jobs in the world, I stand by my statement. ”
Caldwell, 28, had previously been acquitted of murder and attempted murder in the 2016 murder of a 24-year-old man. Prosecutors have tried Caldwell again on related conspiracy charges, which ended in a plea deal from Caldwell, who left prison in November 2020.
âWe spent the most difficult two years together fighting for his freedom, in the face of life, before we released a free man just over a year ago,â tweeted Caldwell’s attorney John Hamasaki. . âThanks to that, we became friends, then like family. I don’t even know how to start dealing with this. Thanks for the kind messages. â
Others in the music industry paid tribute to the influential South LA rapper, noting that his death was all the more tragic due to the legal challenges he overcame.
“RIP Drakeo, the West Coast’s greatest artist in a generation, a legend who invented a new rap language of slippery cadences, jittery rhythms and psychedelic slang, which has twice beaten life to suffer the most tragic fate imaginable. ” tweeted music journalist Jeff Weiss.. âMy love for his friends, family and everyone who understands the struggle he has endured and who adores his music. He was special, a rightful genius and a kind, caring friend.
Long Beach rapper Joey Fatts has raised concerns about the safety of the location where Caldwell was stabbed, and he referred to the Astroworld festival where 10 people were killed in a crowd surge during a Travis Scott concert. âDrakeo was killed while working. I was there for a performance, “he tweeted.” No reason for a knife to sneak into a music festival. “
Organizers of the Once Upon a Time in LA festival did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the safety conditions. The festival’s public-facing social media platforms did not acknowledge the artist’s death. His most recent posts were Saturday night, telling attendees the show was ending early and heading for the exits, without saying why.