Rapper Drakeo the Ruler fatally stabbed at LA festival

The West Coast rapper was assaulted at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert, which was expected to feature several artists


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Drakeo the Ruler. — Courtesy: Instagram
Drakeo the Ruler. — Courtesy: Instagram

Published: Sun 19 Dec 2021, 11:42 PM

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

A publicist 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 assaulted on 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. Organisers called off the festival after the stabbing.

A fight broke out behind the main stage shortly after 8.30pm, leaving one man severely injured by a suspect wielding an edged weapon, the California Highway Patrol said in a bare bones news release that did not name Caldwell. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

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

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

Caldwell pioneered a type of rap called “nervous music”, The New York Times reported.

The Los Angeles native put out his first studio album earlier this year.

Caldwell was released from jail in November 2020 after LA County prosecutors attempted to try him on conspiracy charges in the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man. Previously he had been acquitted of felony murder and attempted murder charges in the death.

The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest confirmed in an Instagram post that the event had been called off early. Organisers did not give a reason.

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