VIDEO: What happens to Rapper Drakeo The Ruler

Police searching for assailant who fatally stabbed Drakeo the Ruler at concert

Hip-hop artist Drakeo the Ruler
Hip-hop artist Drakeo the Ruler, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was fatally stabbed at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. concert at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday night. He is pictured outside a recording studio in Los Angeles in March.
(Wyatt Winfrey/Courtesy of Scott Jawson via AP)

Hip-hop artist Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. concert at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday night, a source told The Times.

Paramedics responded to a report of a stabbing at the stadium in Exposition Park around 8:40 p.m., said Margaret Stewart, public information officer for the Los Angeles Fire Department. One person was taken to a hospital in critical condition, she said.

In this March 2021 photo provided by Scott Jawson, West Coast rapper Drakeo the Ruler is seen outside a recording studio in Los Angeles. Drakeo the Ruler, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was fatally stabbed in an altercation at a Los Angeles music festival Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. His publicist confirmed the death to the New York Times. The 28-year-old was assaulted at the Once Upon a Time in LA concert Saturday night. (Wyatt Winfrey/Courtesy of Scott Jawson via AP)

The individual was not identified, but a person with direct knowledge of the incident told The Times that Drakeo the Ruler had been attacked by a group of people.

The rapper was scheduled to perform at the concert, which had a stacked lineup including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and 50 Cent.

The rapper, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, later died from his injuries, according to the source, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.

One source said that video from after the stabbing showed people running up on stage and security trying to break up a fight.

Caldwell, 28, was backstage when an altercation broke out among several people and he was stabbed, according to the source.

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No arrests had been made as of Sunday morning, said Officer Luis Garcia, an LAPD spokesman. “Detectives are still trying to figure things out,” he said.

The California Highway Patrol said it was handling the investigation and asked anyone with information to call the Southern Division Investigative Services Unit at (323) 644-9550.

Soon after the stabbing, organizers ended the event as patrons moved to get out. The Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter that an “incident” had occurred but did not provide details. “The festival has concluded early. LAPD will be in the area assisting [California Highway Patrol] with the investigation,” the agency said.

The music festival was running behind schedule. Snoop Dogg was scheduled to perform at 8:30, but a DJ on the main stage had been playing for about 45 minutes.

Snoop Dogg said in a statement that he heard about the incident while he was in his dressing room and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds.

“My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler,” he wrote. “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.”

At about 9:20, the backstage entrance appeared to be blocked by police. At least 20 officers gathered behind the main stage, where yellow police tape was put up.

By 9:30 p.m., there had been no announcement from the festival organizers.

 

Police outside the backstage area at the Banc of California Stadium
Police outside the backstage area at the Banc of California Stadium on Saturday.
(Mikael Wood / Los Angeles Times)

Shortly before midnight, Live Nation issued a statement: “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.”

Photographer Bridget Arias said she was working the event backstage, watching George Clinton perform at about 8 p.m., when she heard one person say, “Drakeo got stabbed. Then another person confirmed it and then it was kind of like the monkey game where everyone kept repeating a version of what was happening.”

Shortly after, festival security ordered her and others to leave, she said, though in the confusion they were still stuck in their cars hours later.

Caldwell, an L.A. native, has released 10 mixtapes and put out his first studio album earlier this year. He recorded the mixtape “Thank You for Using GTL,” a reference to prison communications company Global Tel Link, with verses recorded over a phone while he was being held at Men’s Central Jail awaiting trial in connection with the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man.

Caldwell was acquitted of felony murder and attempted murder charges, but L.A. County prosecutors sought to retry him on conspiracy charges in the slaying. The second case was ultimately resolved with a plea deal and Caldwell was released in November 2020.

Friends and colleagues of the rapper were mourning his death Sunday.

“We spent the hardest two years together fighting for his freedom, facing life, before walking out a free man just over a year ago,” wrote attorney John Hamasaki, who defended Drakeo from criminal charges. “Through it, we became friends and then like family. I don’t even know how to start processing this.”

“He was special, a legit genius and a kind, caring friend,” journalist Jeff Weiss tweeted. “There are no words to convey the grief.”

NEW video has surfaced showing the supposed moments before Drakeo the Ruler was stabbed to death at a festival in Los Angeles.

An unverified video shows several people getting into a fracas outside while security runs people off.

Drakeo the Ruler, born Darell Caldwell, is an American singer and songwriter from LA who was stabbed to death by what the LAPD have confirmed are two people.

The 28-year-old rapper 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 stabbing at the Once upon a time in LA concert.

“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.”

  • ‘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.”

  • 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 the death on December 18, 2021.

  • Who was Drakeo the Ruler supposed to perform with?

    The rapper was scheduled to perform at the Los Angeles Once Upon a Time festival, alongside Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and 50 Cent .

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • Why was Drakeo the Ruler arrested? (part 2)

    “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.”

  • Why was Drakeo the Ruler arrested? (part 1)

    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 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.”

  • How did Drakeo the Ruler pass away?

    On Saturday, December 18, Drakeo the Ruler was scheduled to perform at Snoop Dogg’s Once Upon A Time in LA music festival.

    Following his performance, he was reportedly stabbed backstage.

    The L.A. police department confirmed that he was stabbed multiple times.

    The 28-year-old was pronounced dead on Saturday, December 18, 9pm EST.

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

  • Was Drakeo the Ruler married?

    The rapper was not very public about his personal life, and he was reportedly single.

    Drakeo the Ruler has a son.

    The mother of his son has not been reported on in the media.

    Not much has been revealed to the public about his romantic history.

  • Who was Drakeo the Ruler?

    Drakeo the Ruler was raised in Los Angeles and attended Washington High School in Westmont.

    The rapper’s fourth mixtape, Cold Devil, was released in 2017 and has been streamed over 10 million times.

    His most popular track on Spotify is the Drake assisted Talk To Me, which has more than 32 million streams.

    He dropped his first studio album, The Truth Hurts, on February 24, 2021.

  • All about Drakeo

    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.

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

    His ninth mixtape, The Truth Hurts, was released on February 24, 2021.

  • Who was going to perform at the festival?

    The extravagant lineup included more than 45 performers.

    Snoop Dogg, Al Green, 50 Cent and Ice Cube were among the headliners.

    The full lineup can be found at the festival’s official website.

    The 2021 list of performers has a lot in common with the 2019 Once Upon a Time in the LBC festival, where Snoop Dogg, Warren G, and Keith Sweat made appearances.

    Once Upon a Time made its debut in 2017 as one of the first festivals of its kind.

  • What inspired the festival?

    The concert was supposed to be a spinoff of the Once Upon a Time in the LBC fest held in Queen Mary Park back in 2019.

    It was moved from Long Beach, CA to Los Angeles, CA in 2021.

    Snoop Dogg would be the host, in coordination with Bobby Dee Presents and Live Nation.

  • 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.

  • All about the Drakeo and YG fight (part 1)

    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.

  • Drakeo had bad blood with another rapper

    Drakeo the Ruler was involved in an ongoing feud with fellow rapper YG and even threatened to kill him just months before he was himself stabbed to death.

    Drakeo – whose real name is Darrell Caldwell – was was allegedly stabbed to death during a backstage melee at the Once Upon a Time LA concert Saturday night.

    In the video, Drakeo the Ruler said, “A rap n***** going to get swiss cheesed he say one more thing, and they know that. I don’t want no friends.”

    Rival rapper YG and Drakeo the Ruler were two of the rappers set to perform at the concert alongside stars such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and 50 Cent.

    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 were involved.

  • 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.

  • 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 have dodged regulation because they give sheriffs a portion of the proceeds.

  • “Am in shock”

    Drakeo’s publicist Scott Jawson confirmed Drakeo’s death, but couldn’t add much.

    “I can confirm his passing but am in shock and unable to share any further details at this time,” he told CNN.

    “I’ll be releasing a statement from his family as soon as we’re able,” he said.

  • Video apparently shows scuffle moments before Drakeo’s death

    An unverified video is claiming to show the moments prior to Drakeo’s death at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival.

    The video shows a group of people having a fracas before security guards rush them off.

  • Drakeo reportedly attacked by two people

    Drakeo was apparently attacked by two people at the festival.

    People close with the LA Police Investigation into Drakeo’s stabbing have told the Los Angeles Times that police are still looking for the two people.

    The source also added that one person was rushed to the hospital but has not been identified.

  • LA Festival shut down following Drakeo’s death

    Organizers behind the Once Upon a Time in LA festival have decided to shut down the event following Drakeo’s death.

    “The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest is ending early. All performances are now over,” the festival wrote on Instagram.

  • More celebs share condolences for Drakeo

    After news of Drakeo’s death surfaced, many stars showed their support for the fallen rapper.

    “R.I.P. Drakeo the ruler prayers up for the family,” wrote Juicy J.

    “Man Drakeo was always hella cool & respectful. Prayers up for his family RIP The Ruler,” wrote Saweetie.

    “I’m standing on 100s in the booth while I ride the beat -Da Ruler,” wrote Cousin Stizz.

  • “Feels like we lost a rapper every week this year”

    Jim Jones shares 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.”

    “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.”

  • Snoop Dogg sends his love

    “I’m saddened by the events that took place last night at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival,” Snoop Dogg wrote on Instagram.

    “My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler. 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 prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy.”

    “Please take care, love one another and stay safe y’all. I’m praying for peace in hip hop.”

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