Drakeo the Ruler’s family announce lawsuit – NBC Los Angeles

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The family of rapper Drakeo the Ruler announced a wrongful death lawsuit on Thursday after the artist was stabbed backstage at a music festival in Los Angeles.

He died in December after the attack during the Once Upon a Time in LA festival at Banc of California Stadium. Family members and attorneys announced the trial Thursday morning.

Details of the trial were not immediately available.

The 28-year-old, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was due to perform at the festival. His death left fans of the young musician and other artists heartbroken.

No arrests were reported.

Caldwell, who began releasing mixtapes in 2015 and last February released his debut album ‘The Truth Hurts’, has been called ‘the West Coast’s most original stylist’ for his darkly comedic lyrics and delivery. impassive. His “Thank You for Using GTL” mixtape contains verses recorded at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

He grew up listening to bands like Hot Boyz, Boosie, Webbie and Dipset, but said it was a fight rapper named Cocky who influenced him to rap.

Caldwell pioneered a type of rap called “nervous music,” with enigmatic, dark songs, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2018: “His cadences go counterclockwise on drums, sort of a la both jerky like a shifter and fast and smooth like a luxury sports car it controls.”

Caldwell was released from prison in November 2020 after reaching a plea deal with LA County prosecutors who wanted to try him for conspiracy in the 2016 murder of a 24-year-old man. He had previously been acquitted of murder and attempted murder charges in the man’s death.

“We had the toughest two years together fighting for his freedom, facing life, before he released a free man just over a year ago,” said Caldwell’s attorney, John Hamasaki. tweeted. “Thanks to that, we became friends, then like a family. I don’t even know how to begin to process this. Thank you for the kind messages.”

The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest was organized by Live Nation, the Beverly Hills-based live events company that was behind the Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas. Ten people were killed there and hundreds injured when a large crowd surged during a performance by rapper Travis Scott.

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