Lil Keed, a rapper signed to Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 24 years old.
A representative confirmed the musician’s death to The New York Times on Saturday, hours before Keed (real name: Raqhid Jevon Render) performed at a music festival in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Keed’s brother, fellow rapper Lil Gotit, also confirmed the tragic news via Instagram.
“I can’t believe I saw you die today bro,” he wrote. “I’ve done all my screaming, I know what you want me to do and it’s hard on mom dad our brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.”
Shortly after the news broke, fans of the Atlanta-based rapper took to social media to react and share their condolences.
“WTF is in progress??? Me and my little bro just recorded!!” wrote DJ Paul from Three 6 Mafia. “We did one for his new album but before he left the studio he dropped a quick verse and said ‘It’s for you Paul…those ones for you.’ Then I went out.
Trippie Redd shared a series of videos from Keed, writing, “Bro I can’t believe this 🥺😢😢😢 I always encouraged you to take this rap seriously I took you on tour with me cause that I trusted in you. I can’t understand that this one really hurts my soul, rest 5Life brother.
Meanwhile, Keed’s pregnant girlfriend Quana Bandz shared a heartbreaking message via Instagram.
“I love you so much baby what am I gonna do without you I can’t breathe properly sleep nothing I don’t even want to talk to anyone Keed I can’t take this,” she explained. “What am I supposed to tell Naychur?” What did I go tell our new baby? Keed, I just told you the other day that if you left me with those two kids, I lost my mind, my mind is lost baby.
She continued: “I’m so sorry I didn’t fly to LA, I know I could have saved you baby, you really showed me that all you needed was MY LOVE you gave me. I gave you this I’m sorry please just tell me it’s a dream to come home YOU HAVE PROTECTED US Whyyyy daddy.
Keed opened up about the importance of family in an August 2020 interview with Complex. When asked what he wanted fans to know about him back then, the “Nameless” rapper told the outlet that he made music for his 3-year-old daughter, Naychur.
“I have my daughter on my page every day, all day. I spend all my time with my daughter,” he said at the time. “Then, of course, my mom and my family. with my family. I’m not going to hang out with everyone.
Keed’s death comes just days after mentor Young Thug and fellow rapper Gunna were arrested on gang-related charges in Atlanta.
The two were named in a gang indictment along with numerous other rappers on the label. According to the NYT, the indictment alleged that YSL was “a criminal street gang responsible for murder, robbery, drug trafficking 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 way of life, YSL is not a gang.”
Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, said in a statement to Page Six at the time, “Mr. Williams committed no violation of the law whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously. Mr. Williams will be cleared.
Representatives for Gunna did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.
New York Post