ATLANTA – Atlanta rapper Lil Keed has died, his brother has confirmed.
The verified Lil Gotit Instagram account wrote on Saturday morning: “Can’t believe I saw you die today bro I’ve done all my screams. I know what you want from me and it’s hard on Mama Daddy, our brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.”
The rapper’s cause of death is unknown. He was associated with Young Stoner Life Records of Atlanta.
The 24-year-old, whose real name is Rahqid Render according to a biography on the YSL website, was born in Atlanta. He signed to YSL in 2018 after a mixtape caught the attention of Young Thug, who founded Young Stoner Life Records.
The official music video for his song “Nameless” has more than 33 million views on YouTube and the music video for his song “Snake” has more than 12 million views.
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Lil Keed was scheduled to perform at Daze in Blue, a music festival in Charlotte, on Saturday.
The rapper’s latest Instagram post promoted an upcoming show in Cairo, Georgia.
He has collaborated with several artists including Gunna of YSL Records, also from Atlanta, on a song called “Fox 5”.
Lil Keed’s death comes days after artists associated with the YSL record label were charged with federal crimes. Rapper Young Thug has been arrested on racketeering charges, and Gunna is one of several people charged and arrested in Fulton County following an investigation into gang activity.
Investigation of the Young Slime Life (YSL) gang.
Young Thug, a 30-year-old rapper whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested Monday in Buckhead as part of a broader indictment against a gang that also named 27 others, including Atlanta rapper Gunna.
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Fulton County prosecutors allege that those named in the indictment are members of the Young Slime Life (YSL) gang, which has been involved in criminal activity in the city since 2012.
Jeffery Williams, whose stage name is “Young Thug”, Sergio Kitchens, whose stage name is “Gunna”. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)
If convicted on any of the RICO charges, Williams faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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What is the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act?
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was created to combat organized crime. It was enacted in 1970 after being signed into law by President Richard Nixon.
RICO was originally intended to be used nationwide to fight the Mafia. It is based on a list of 27 federal crimes and eight state crimes that have been repeatedly committed over the course of 10 years. These offenses may include fraud, theft, computer crime, embezzlement, credit fraud, investment schemes, human trafficking, illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, counterfeiting and various drug related offenses.
The Justice Department has used RICO to dismantle several crime families and root out corruption in several city police departments. Prosecutors have also used RICO to try to take down several street gangs and helped prosecute companies that violate federal laws.
The Georgian RICO statutes are similar to the federal version, but are much more comprehensive since the criminal “enterprise” does not have to exist as long. Georgia is one of only 33 states that has its own RICO statutes. However, both state and federal laws must establish a pattern of criminal enterprise.
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