Rapper Lil Keed, a rising star mentored by artist Young Thug, has died aged 24, his record label has announced.
The Atlanta native, whose real name was Raqhid Render, died on Friday.
“A member of our family is gone. Lil Keed was one of the most genuine, sincere human beings. He was an artist who loved his fans more than anything else,” Young Stoner told Life Records, a music label created by the Grammy Award winner. rapper Young Thug, tweeted Sunday.
“We have lost a brother, a son, a father and a friend. Keep him in your prayers and keep his legacy alive.”
The circumstances surrounding his death have not been disclosed. NBC News has reached out to reps for the rapper for comment.
Lil Keed was scheduled to perform at the Daze in Blue music festival in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.
His brother, known as Lil Gotit, shared a tribute on his Instagram account.
“I can’t believe I saw you die today bro, I did all my screaming, I know what you want me to do and it’s hard on mom dad, our brothers Naychur and Whiteboy,” he wrote.
Lil Keed’s 2018 mixtape “Trapped on Cleveland 2” “carved a path for him within the Atlanta music scene” and landed him a deal with Young Stoner Life Records the same year, according to the label.
Her 2019 debut album “Long Live Mexico” peaked at number 26 on the Billboard 200, according to the magazine’s music chart.
He dropped music with artists such as Roddy Ricch, Lil Uzi Vert, Nav and Gunna during his prolific career.
Lil Keed was inspired by Young Thug for a long time before being taken under the wing of the prominent artist, telling The Fader in 2018: “He got to the same place I did. Walk the same streets, do the same things. It just means I have to perfect my craft because I know who I am under.
Tributes poured in for the rapper, along with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker Tweeter“Damn RIP Keed”, singer Ty Dolla Sign Tweeter“Keed talk to em” and music producer Murda Beatz in writing“Rip Lil Keed.. So Talented Gone to Soon.”
Young Thug and rapper Gunna were arrested last week in Georgia on charges of criminal gang activity. The couple were among 28 people named in a 56-count indictment, which includes violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, and participating in criminal activities of street gangs, according to court documents.