Lil Keed, a rapper who signed to Young Thug’s label Young Stoner Life, died in Los Angeles on Friday. he was 24
A representative confirmed the musician’s death to the New York Times on Saturday, hours before Keed (real name: Raqhid Jevon Render) was scheduled to perform at a music festival in Charlotte, NC
A cause of death has yet to be announced.
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 screams, I know what you want from me and this is tough on Mama Daddy, our brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.”
Shortly after the news broke, the Atlanta-based rapper’s fans took to social media to react and offer their condolences.
“WTF continues??? Me and my little brother just recorded!!” wrote DJ Paul from Three 6 Mafia. “We did one for his new album, but before he left the studio he threw in a quick verse and said, ‘This is for you, Paul… this is for you.’ Then it went out.”
Trippie Redd shared a series of videos of Keed, writing: “Bro I can’t believe this 🥺😢😢😢 I always encouraged you to take this rap seriously. I took you on tour because I believed in you. I can’t understand this one really hurts my soul, just rest brother 5Life.
Meanwhile, Keed’s pregnant friend Quana Bandz shared a heartbreaking post via Instagram.
“I love you sooooo much baby what to do without you. I can’t breathe properly, sleep properly, nothing, I don’t even want to talk to anyone, Keed, I can’t take this,” she explained. “What shall I say to Naychur? What did I say to our new baby? Keed, I told you the other day if you leave me with these two kids I’ll go insane, my mind’s gone baby.”
She continued, “I’m sooooo 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 for giving this to you. IM SORRY please just tell me this is a dream to come home. THEY PROTECTED US. Why DADDY.”
Keed spoke about the importance of family in an August 2020 interview with Complex. When asked what fans should know about him at the time, the “Nameless” rapper told the outlet that he made music for his 3-year-old daughter, Naychur.
“I have my daughter by my side all day, every day. I spend all my time with my daughter,” he said at the time. “Then of course my mother and my family. I hang out with my family. I don’t hang out with everyone.”
Keed’s death comes just days after mentor Young Thug and fellow rapper Gunna were arrested in Atlanta on gang charges.
The two were named in a blanket gang charge along with numerous other rappers from the label. According to the NYT, the indictment alleged that YSL was “a criminal street gang responsible for murders, robberies, 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 lifestyle, YSL is not a gang.”
Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, said in a statement to Page Six at the time: “Mr. Williams has not broken any law. We will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously. Mr. Williams is acquitted.”
Gunna officials did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.