Rapper Drakeo the Ruler deadly stunned at LA music festival – National

A West Coast rapper known as Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed in a fight at a music festival in Los Angeles where he and others were to perform.

A rapper for the rapper, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death on Sunday to the New York Times and Rolling Stone. The artist’s real name was Darrell Caldwell. He was 28.

Drakeo the Ruler was attacked Saturday night at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert, which was expected to feature several artists, including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Ice Cube. Organizers have canceled the festival after the stabbing.

A fight broke out behind the main stage shortly after 8:30 a.m., leaving one man badly injured by a suspect who had a sharp weapon, the California Highway Patrol said in a bare bones news version that Caldwell did not mention. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

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

LAPD spokesman Luis Garcia told the Los Angeles Times that no arrests had been made since Sunday.

Caldwell, who started releasing mixtapes in 2015 and debuted his first album “The Truth Hurts” last February, has been named “the most original stylist on the West Coast” for his dark comic lyrics and deadpan delivery. His mixtape “Thank You for Using GTL” contains verses recorded in the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

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

“He was so smooth and calm when rapping, despite saying some of the craziest things,” he told Billboard earlier this year. “It showed me that you do not have to shout or be loud to get your point across.”

Caldwell pioneered a kind of rap called “nervous music”, with songs that were cryptic and dark, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2018: “His cadences run counter-clockwise to the drums, somehow both herky -jerky like a stickshift and fast and smooth like a luxury sports car controlling it. “

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Caldwell was released from prison in November 2020 after reaching a plea deal with LA County prosecutors who wanted to try him on charges of conspiracy to murder a 24-year-old man in 2016. He had previously been acquitted of assault murder and attempted murder in the death of the man.

The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmed in an Instagram post that the event was canceled early. Organizers gave no reason.

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