Drakeo the Ruler posted his last Instagram message just hours before he was killed, and included a caption warning "double crossers get crossed out".
The rapper, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, posted a photo of himself smiling, hours before the fatal stabbing at the Once Upon A Time In LA music festival.
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.
In the comments section, fans and colleagues flooded the post with "RIP" and calls to "PRAY FOR DRAKEO."
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He passed away in the hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles Times reports no arrests have been made.
Festival organizers posted a message to Twitter just after 9pm to alert concertgoers to the festival's cancellation.
"The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest is ending early. All performances are now over. Please head to the closest exit and head eastbound on MLK," the post read.
In a statement on Twitter, the Los Angeles Police Department said: “There has been an incident at the Once Upon A Time in LA festival at the Banc of California.
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“The festival has concluded early. LAPD will be in the area assisting CHP with the investigation.”
Videos posted to social media showed festival-goers scrambling as they attempted to climb over a fence.
An event spokesperson added in a statement: “There was an altercation in the roadway backstage.
“Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organisers decided not to move forward with remaining sets so the festival was ended an hour early,” the statement read.
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 released his ninth mixtape, The Truth Hurts, on February 24, 2021.
In August 2021, 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 when the rapper was in an Uber with 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 rapper, confused by the situation, can be heard saying: "This is crazy bro."
Months before, the rapper struck a plea deal after he was acquitted of murder and attempted murder charges.
Prior to the August arrest, Drakeo spent three years in prison after awaiting a new trial for a refiling of charges by a district attorney of criminal gang conspiracy and shooting from a motor vehicle.
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