December 20, 2021
LOS ANGELES, California—West Coast rapper Drakeo the Ruler, 28, was fatally stabbed Saturday night during an altercation at a Los Angeles festival where several artists were scheduled to perform.
Drakeo’s publicist, Scott Jawson, confirmed his death on Sunday, reports the New York Times.
Drakeo the Ruler, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was to perform at the festival, Once Upon a Time in L.A., at 8:30 p.m. At about 8:40 p.m., paramedics responded to a call about a stabbing near the Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park, according to the New York Times.
The altercation happened in the “roadway backstage.” Other artists scheduled to perform were 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. Both subsequently canceled after the stabbing.
Drakeo The Ruler and his fans were known for promoting anti-Asian violence in tweets and in his lyrics. In his song, “Keep it 100,” Drakeo says “Mei Ling took me shopping.” He is describing a way to break into an Asian woman’s house, robbing it, and then buying out Neiman Marcus, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Perhaps Drakeo’s lyrics helped influence the astronomical rise in strong-arm robberies, burglaries, and murders against the Asian-American community. Perhaps karma has delivered justice.
The LAPD is investigating the stabbing and it’s unclear whether any arrests have been made.
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