Rapper Drakeo the Ruler Dead After Backstage Stabbing at L.A. Concert

Drakeo the Ruler had been scheduled to start his performance on the G-Funk Stage at 8:30, right around the time the backstage violence was reported. The Once Upon a Time in L.A. concert offered a mixture of hip-hop and classic soul stars on three stages over the course of what would have been an 11-hour show, with Ice Cube, Al Green, the Game, the Delfonics, Cypress Hill and the Chi-Lites among the nearly 60 acts on the bill.
Rapper Drakeo the Ruler died after being stabbed backstage at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. multi-artist concert at the Banc of California Stadium, a rep for the performer has confirmed to Variety.
The 28-year-old rapper had been acquitted in felony murder and attempted murder charges in the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man. He was retried but the case ended with a plea deal and Caldwell was released in November of 2020. He recorded a mixtape, "“Thank You For Using GTL,” which included material recorded over the phone from prison while he was awaiting trial.
Drakeo's final performance was at the Rolling Loud Festival, held six days earlier in San Bernardino. His most recent effort, "So Cold I Do Em 2," his fifth full-length release, came out in early December, days after the rapper celebrated his 28th birthday.
Multiple reports cited a backstage brawl occurred at about 8:30 p.m. A victim later confirmed to be Drakeo — real name: Darrell Caldwell — was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Sports Arena. at the stadium, located in Exposition Park at the site of the former L.A.
Headliners like Snoop Dogg, YG, the Isley Brothers and 50 Cent had not yet taken the stage at the time of the incident, and the show was called off after the stabbing, although not immediately, as a DJ continued to play as attendees wondered what the seeming delay between sets was about.
I'm not with anything negative, and as one of the many performers, I was there to spread positive vibes only to my city of LA. Last night I was in my dressing room when I was informed about the incident and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds. "My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler. I’m praying for peace in hip-hop.” Snoop Dogg, who was a co-promoter of the concert along with Live Nation, posted on social media late Sunday morning, L.A. "I'm saddened by the events that took place last night at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival," he wrote. time. Please take care, love one another and stay safe y’all. My prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy.
local time on Saturday, "There has been an incident at the Once Upon A Time in LA festival at the Banc of California. The festival has concluded early." “There was an altercation in the roadway backstage," said a Live Nation spokesperson in a statement. "Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers decided not to move forward with remaining sets so the festival was ended an hour early.” It directed requests for further information to local authorities; reps for the LAPD did not immediately respond to Variety's requests for comment, although it tweeted at around 10:30 p.m.
Superstar Drake, who appeared on a Drakeo the Ruler single earlier this year, was among those posting condolences on social media. "Always picked my spirit up with your energy. RIP Drakeo." ""Nah man this shit isn’t right for real wtf are we doing," posted Drake, who make a guest appearance on a Drakeo single earlier this year.
I don't even know how to start processing this. "Through it, we became friends and then like family. "We spent the hardest two years together fighting for his freedom, facing life, before walking out a free man just over a year ago," Hamasaki tweeted. Drakeo's attorney, John Hamasaki, spoke of his client's time in prison before he was released. Thanks for the kind messages."
Drakeo's last Instagram post, on the day of the concert, carried a cryptic message that said simply, "Double crossers get crossed out."
The Once Upon a Time in L.A. PT, more than an hour and a half after the altercation: "The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest is ending early. social media accounts did not offer any information other than to post at 10:11 p.m. All performances are now over. Please head to the closest exit and head eastbound on MLK."
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