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Lil Keed, rapper on Young Thug’s label, dead at 24

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May 14, 2022 | 5:17pm

Lil Keed, a rapper signed to Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 24.

A rep confirmed the musician’s death to the New York Times on Saturday, hours before Keed (real name: Raqhid Jevon Render) was scheduled to perform at a music festival in Charlotte, N.C.

A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Keed’s brother, fellow rapper Lil Gotit, also confirmed the tragic news via Instagram.

“Can’t believe I seened u die today bro,” he wrote. “I did all my cries I know what u want me to do and that’s go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.”

Shortly after news broke, fans of the Atlanta-based rapper took to social media to react and share their condolences.

“WTF is Goin On??? Me & lil bro just recorded!!” wrote Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul. “We did one for his new album but before he left the studio he dropped a quick verse and said ‘Thats for u Paul…that ones for you.’ Then walked out.”

Trippie Redd shared a series of videos of Keed, writing, “Bro I can’t believe this 🥺😢😢😢 I was always encouraging u to take this rap s–t serious I brought u on tour with me because I had faith in you. Can’t understand this one truly hurting my soul rest easy brother 5Life.”

Lil Keed performing on stage in 2019
Plenty of celebs took to social media to pay tribute to the late rapper, including Drake and Lil Yachty.
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Meanwhile, Keed’s pregnant girlfriend Quana Bandz shared a heartbreaking post via Instagram.

“I love you sooooo much baby what I’m post to do with out you I can’t breathe right sleep right nothing I don’t even wanna talk to nobody Keed I can’t take this,” she explained. “What am I supposed to tell Naychur? What am I gone tell our new baby ? Keed I just told you the other day if you left me with these two kids I was gone loose my mind my Mind is lost baby.”

She continued, “I’m sooooo sorry I didn’t fly to LA I know I could’ve saved you baby you really showed me all you needed was MY LOVE you gave me that I gave you that. IM SORRY please just tell me this a dream come home. YOU PROTECTED US. Whyyyy DADDY.”

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The “Nameless” rapper was signed to Young Thug’s YSL record label.
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Keed spoke about the importance of family in an August 2020 interview with Complex. When asked what he wanted fans to know about him at the time, the “Nameless” rapper told the outlet that he was doing music for his 3-year-old daughter, Naychur.

“I have my daughter on my page every day, all day long. I spend all my time with my daughter,” he said at the time. “Then, of course, my mom and my family. I hang with my family. I don’t go hang with everybody.”

Keed’s death comes just days after mentor Young Thug and fellow rapper Gunna were arrested on gang-related charges in Atlanta.

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“I love you sooooo much baby what I’m post to do with out you,” Keed’s girlfriend Quana Bandz wrote via Instagram on Saturday.
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The two were named in a sweeping gang indictment with numerous other rappers from the label. Per the NYT, the indictment alleged that YSL was “a criminal street gang responsible for murders, robberies, drug dealing and more.”

“YSL is a family, YSL is a label,” Keed, who was not arrested or named in the indictment, reportedly wrote on social media amid the news. “YSL is a way of life, YSL is a lifestyle, YSL is not a gang.”

Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, said in a statement to Page Six at the time: “Mr. Williams has committed no violation of law, whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously. Mr. Williams will be cleared.”

Reps for Gunna did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.

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[WATCH] Hulu’s “Look At Me: XXXTENTACION” Documentary Film Trailer

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XXXTentacion fans are getting their first look at a documentary about the late rapper. Billboard exclusively unveiled the trailer for Hulu’s “Look At Me: XXXTENTACION” documentary film.

Xxx was killed in a botched robbery incident back in 2018.

The acclaimed director of the film, Sabaah Folayan told Billboard, “He didn’t necessarily win his battle before we lost him, but he gave us a space to talk about mental health and his internal struggle.”

“Look At Me: XXXTENTACION” explores how Florida teenager, Jahseh Onfroy became SoundCloud rapper XXXTentacion, one of the most streamed artists on the planet.

READ MORE: “Look At Me!” XXXTentacion’s Doc Set To Premiere During SXSW 2022

Through frank commentary from family, friends, and unseen archival footage, the director offers a sensitive portrayal of an artist whose acts of violence, raw musical talent and open struggles with mental health left an indelible mark on his generation before his death at the age of 20.

Award-winning director, Folayan is a basketball player, and activist from South Central Los Angeles. Her critically acclaimed first film, Whose Street? is a telling story of the killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprising.

Her upcoming project and highly anticipated documentary about the gone too soon rapper, XXXTentacion releases on Hulu on May 26.

Watch the full trailer below. Share your thoughts on social media.

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New York City Honors The 50th Birthday Of The Notorious B.I.G.

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Biggie’s golden anniversary was this past Saturday. The Notorious B.I.G., who would have turned 50-years-old on May 21, received a number of tributes in New York City.

On Friday, there was a ceremony in partnership with Bad Boy/Atlantic and Rhino Records at the Empire State Building with family members, friends and collaborators of the legendary rapper, Christopher Wallace.

While Brooklyn’s Barclays Center featured a video montage of him on the mega oculus display above the venue’s entrance.

READ MORE: Fat Joe Recounts Uniting Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Biggie for “Notorious Thugs” Collaboration

New York City is going B.I.G. for Biggies 50th birthday.

On Saturday, the landmark skyscraper changed its lights to red and white, with a crown spinning on its mast.

In addition, the MTA is released a special MetroCard edition featuring the Brooklyn-born Hip-Hop icon and there will be a free orchestral tribute at the Lincoln Center on June 10.

For more information on the tribute, visit the Lincoln Center’s website.

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ICYMI: Doja Cat Cancels Summer Tour Due To Upcoming Surgery

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Doja Cat needs surgery on her tonsils. The “Get Into It (Yuh)” singer took to Twitter to say a doctor had to cut into her left tonsil because she had an abscess in it.

In a follow-up post, she said her tonsils got infected before the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month and she was taking medication for it, but she forgot and drank wine and vaped “all day long.”

nah so my tonsils got infected before bbmas and i was taking fuckin antibiotics but forgot that i was taking them and then i drank wine and was vaping all day long and then i started getting a nasty ass growth on my tonsil so they had to do surgery on it today.

— throatussy era (@DojaCat) May 19, 2022

READ MORE: Doja Cat Tops Billboard #Artist100 Chart For First Time

She said she’s now quitting the vape for a while. Doja Cat added she “might have bad news for her fans.”

dr. just had to cut into my left tonsil. i had an abscess in it. my whole throat is fucked so i might have some bad news for yall coming soon.

— throatussy era (@DojaCat) May 19, 2022

Today she confirmed in another tweet that she has to have surgery on her tonsils asap and her recovery will cause her to cancel several shows including her tour with The Weeknd.

“I wanted you to hear it first. Unfortunately I have to have surgery on my tonsils asap. The surgery is routine but the recovery is going to take a while due to swelling. That means I have to cancel my festival run this summer as well as The Weeknd Tour. I feel horrible about this but can’t wait for this to heal and get back to making music and create an experience for y’all.”

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