Drakeo the Ruler death updates – Rapper’s YG beef resurfaces and stabbing death leads mom to consider lawsuit

THE stabbing death of Drakeo the Ruler came in the midst of an ongoing feud with fellow rapper YG, and Drakeo even threatened to kill him just months before his own death.

The two rappers had bad blood that escalated earlier this year after Drakeo threatened to kill YG in a viral social media video if he didn't stop disrespecting him in interviews.

To date, there's nothing to suggest YG was involved in the incident that led to Drakeo, 28, being fatally stabbed.

The California Highway Patrol, which is leading the investigation, told The Sun Sunday night "there's nothing credible" to suggest any of the other performers at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival were involved.

Drakeo the Ruler was pronounced dead on Saturday, December 18 at 9PM after the police department confirmed that he was stabbed multiple times.

Fans and friends of Drakeo the Ruler are sharing their condolences after the rapper was found dead following a fatal attack by "a group of people."

"Nah man this sh*t isn’t right for real wtf are we doing," wrote Drake on his Instagram story. "Always picked my spirit up with your energy RIP Drakeo Crossed fingers."

Read our Drakeo The Ruler live blog for the very latest news and updates…

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    ‘The most original West Coast stylist in decades’

    The Los Angeles Times called Drakeo the Ruler “the most original West Coast stylist in decades.”

    The rapper was known for his poetic word-choices, and some called him one of the most inventive west coast rap artists.

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    Drakeo made an album recorded in jail

    Drakeo’s Thank You for Using GTL was recorded over the phone from the Los Angeles County men’s central jail using a phone service.

    GTL, formerly called Global Tel Link, is a company that controls about half of the nation’s telephone services in correctional facilities.

    The company receives plenty of flack for charging families exorbitant rates to call loved ones, but has dodged regulation because they give sheriffs a portion of the proceeds.

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    All about the Drakeo and YG fight (part 2)

    Drakeo recorded a 16-track mix tape Cold Devil in just ten days which was released in December 2017 and gained widespread critical acclaim.

    The bad blood between the two rappers appear to have started after Drakeo left DJ Mustard to be an independent rapper.

    YG hasn’t made any public comments about since news of Drakeo’s death broke.

    Drakeo’s last Instagram message – uploaded just hours before he was killed – included a cryptic caption warning “double crossers get crossed out.”

    It’s unclear what greater meaning the caption may have, since hours after its post, Drakeo was reportedly attacked by a “group of people” and stabbed in the neck.

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    All about the Drakeo and YG fight

    The two rappers had bad blood that escalated earlier this year after Drakeo threatened to kill YG in a viral social media video if he didn’t stop disrespecting him in interviews.

    Raised in South Los Angeles by his single mom, Drakeo the Ruler found fame after DJ Mustard remixed his song Mr Get Dough in 2015.

    In October 2015 he released his first official mix tape I Am Mr Mosely on Mustard’s 10 Summers label.

    I Am Mr Mosely 2 was issued in July the following year and So Cold I Do Em, which featured Impatient Freestyle was released in December.

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    ‘Stay safe & stay dangerous’

    Jones continued, “There was a time when we protected in th community we were treated as super hero’s not no more. Stay safe & stay dangerous I pray I never have to make a decision.”

    “Say ur prayers n move sturdy. Rappers have th most dangerous job in th world I stand on my statement.”

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    'Feels like we lost a rapper every week'

    Jim Jones shared his condolences on Instagram.

    "Rip to this brother Drakeo this is sad, to all rappers I urge u to protect urself start to move tactical."

    "Preservation of life is everything they do not value our lives anymore we are targeted. They know who we are cause of our fame but we don’t know who they are because of our fame."

    "I pray everyday I make it home to my family because it’s tht serious out here for us. Feels like we lost a rapper every week this year."

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    How many rappers died in 2021?

    10 rappers have died this year, with Drakeo the Ruler being the most recent.

    The 10 rappers are: Baby Ceo, Prince Markie Dee, DMX, Black Rob, Biz Markie,  Gonzoe, Yung Kece, Young Dolph,  Slim 400, and Drakeo the Ruler.

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    Three rappers killed within a month

    Young Dolph, Slim 400, and Drakeo the Ruler all died within a month of each other, and each were killed in their hometowns.

    Young Dolph was gunned down on November 17, 2021, Slim 400 was shot and killed on December 8, 2021, and Drakeo the Ruler was reportedly stabbed to death on December 18, 2021.

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    Young Dolph, Slim 400, Drakeo the Ruler

    Fans are remembering all three rappers, who were each killed in their hometowns.

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    Who was Slim 400?

    Slim 400 was a rapper who was best known for his hits Bruisin, Nothing But Bloods, and Piru.

    He was an associate of YG, which is also known as Young Gangsta.

    Slim, whose real name was Vincent Cohran, was born in Germany, where he initially lived with his father who was stationed there with the US armed forces.

    He debuted his first album Foe Black in 2015, and released several albums since, including The Homies, Tap In, and State Line.

    He was discovered and signed by Pu$haz Ink music label, which is best known for making YG and DJ Mustard popular.

    He was shot and killed in Los Angeles, his hometown, on December 8, 2021.

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    Who was Young Dolph?

    Young Dolph was an American rapper from Chicago.

    His debut 2016 album, King of Memphis, peaked at number 49 on Billboard 200.

    He has two brothers and sisters.

    Young Dolph was gunned down while buying cookies in his hometown on November 17, 2021.

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    Drakeo's mother recalls seeing her son

    “He was hit in his neck. I saw him when I went to the hospital,” Darrylene Corniel told the Rolling Stone.

    “They said it’s a homicide, so I wasn’t able to hug him or kiss him or anything like that."

    "I had to look at him through a window.” 

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    Drakeo the Ruler's mother plans to sue

    The rapper's mother reportedly told Rolling Stone that she plans on filing a lawsuit after her son was killed backstage at the Once Upon a Time festival in Los Angeles.

    “We plan to sue,” Darrylene Corniel, Drakeo the Ruler's mother said.

    “This happened backstage at an event. Someone has to be held accountable.” 

    “I need this to be out there. I need people to know."

    "And I do want justice for my son. And I do believe that justice will be served,” she continued.

    “I will not rest until justice is served.”

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    Authorities hunting for Drakeo's killer

    Officials said on Monday that detectives are reviewing security footage of the music festival in efforts to identify the person responsible for fatally stabbing Drakeo the Ruler.

    It has been alleged that the rapper was attacked by a group of people that night.

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    Who organized the event?

    Concert and venue organizer Live Nation organized the Once Upon a Time in LA festival this weekend.

    Snoop Dogg also organized the event.

    In a statement, Live Nation expressed condolences while canceling the rest of the event.

    “There was an altercation in the roadway backstage. 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,” a statement said.

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    Drakeo 'rapped about people wanting to kill him'

    Drakeo the Ruler, 28, was killed at Once Upon A Time In LA on Sunday and wrote lyrics about "people wanting to kill him" three years before his death.

    The star suffered severe stab wounds to the neck after he was set upon by a “group of people” in an area off stage, the LA Police Department confirmed.

    His lyrics described a life of constant danger around him: “Don’t be shy, I got killers with me, stupid / I march with sticks, I ain’t worried ‘bout no groupies,” he rapped on “Talk To Me,” his biggest single to date, with over 32million Spotify plays.

    “I live a nervous life. I gotta look around and watch my back from police and these other [people] out here,” he told the LA Times in 2018.

    “[People] want to kill me. I can’t be driving around in $100,000 cars on the run, listening to soft-ass [music].”

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    Celebs pay tribute to Drakeo the Ruler

    Artists and celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the 28-year-old.

    Drake wrote on his Instragram story: “Nah man this sh*t isn’t right for real wtf are we doing always picked my spirit up with your energy RIP Drakeo."

    DJ Akademiks added on Twitter: "RIP Drakeo The Ruler."

    While Jeff Weiss wrote: “RIP Drakeo, the greatest West Coast artist of a generation, a legend who invented a new rap language of slippery cadences, nervous rhythms, and psychedelic slang, who beat life twice only to suffer the most tragic fate conceivable.

    "He was special, a legit genius and a kind, caring friend. There are no words to convey the grief.”

    Drakeo’s attorney John Hamasaki said in a statement after his death: “We spent the hardest two years together fighting for his freedom, facing life, before walking out a free man just over a year ago.

    "Through it, we became friends and then like family. I don’t even know how to start processing this.”

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    Drakeo beat murder charges, continued

    Rumors circulated online that Drakeo was involved in the incident after his Mercedes car was apparently spotted leaving the scene of the crime.

    Cops started investigating him as a suspect and the artist was arrested in January after they raided his flat and found guns, according to The Guardian.

    In July 2019, Drakeo was acquitted of all charges of murder and attempted murder after the jury in the trial was deadlocked on two counts – criminal gang conspiracy and shooting from a vehicle.

    LA County prosecutors tried to retry Drakeo on conspiracy charges, but the case was ultimately resolved with a plea in November 2020.

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    Drakeo the Ruler beat murder charges

    Drakeo the Ruler was previously acquitted of felony murder charges over a shooting that happened at a warehouse party years ago.

    Prosecutors alleged that Darrell Caldwell, 28, was plotting to kill rapper RJ – also known as Rodney Brown – back in December 2016.

    They claimed that Drakeo met with Jaiden Boyd and Mikell Buchanan to provide them with firearms, but Brown was never at the warehouse event in Carson, California, The Fader reports.

    Davion Gregory was killed while two others were injured after gunfire erupted.

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    'Feels like we lost a rapper every week'

    Jim Jones shared his condolences on Instagram.

    "Rip to this brother Drakeo this is sad, to all rappers I urge u to protect urself start to move tactical."

    "Preservation of life is everything they do not value our lives anymore we are targeted. They know who we are cause of our fame but we don’t know who they are because of our fame."

    "I pray everyday I make it home to my family because it’s tht serious out here for us. Feels like we lost a rapper every week this year."

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    Why was Drakeo the Ruler arrested, part two

    “Why are you all pulling me? What did I do? You all pulling me over,” he continues to say.

    Heard on video: “You all were pulling my Uber driver, bro. What is going on.”

    As the footage continues, the 28-year-old rapper can be seen getting arrested by what appears to be an officer.

    He then went on to say that the incident was a “set up” and that it was a part of the police force watching his every move.

    He wrote: “If you don’t think the LA Sheriff’s and the LAPD have been watching Drakeo’s every move and IG story since he came home — and listening to every song — I have a tunnel on 2nd Street to sell you.”

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    Why was Drakeo the Ruler arrested?

    Drakeo the Ruler was arrested for possession of a firearm while being an ex-con.

    The arrest, which was live-streamed on Instagram by Drakeo, occurred on August 22, 2021, when the rapper was with his toddler son.

    In the video, cops can be heard requesting Drakeo to step out of the vehicle saying: “We are going to ask you one more time to step out, and if you say no, then we got to do what we got to do.”

    The police official said that he would be taken to jail if he did not comply with the law.

    The rapper, confused by the situation, can be heard saying: “This is crazy bro.”

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    What was Drakeo the Ruler's net worth?

    The 28-year-old rapper had an estimated net worth of around $1million by the time of his death.

    Most of his income is believed to have come from his music and live performances.

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    Who is Drakeo the Ruler?

    Darrell Caldwell, known as Drakeo the Ruler, was a rapper and songwriter from Los Angeles.

    The 28-year-old was raised by a single mother and his brother is rapper Ralfy the Plug.

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    Who stabbed Drakeo the Ruler?

    At this time, authorities have not publicly announced if a suspect is in custody, or if police know who allegedly stabbed Drakeo the Ruler.

    The incident happened at around 8.30pm on December 18.

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