Drakeo the Ruler Dead at 28 After Being Stabbed at L.A. Music Festival

In 2019, the rapper was acquitted of felony murder and attempted murder charges after a hung jury. Prosecutors tried to retry him on conspiracy charges related to the killing, alleging that Drakeo bore responsibility as a gang member, even if he didn’t pull the trigger, Rolling Stone reported. In November 2020, Drakeo was released with time served after agreeing to plead guilty to shooting from a motor vehicle with a gang enhancement, the magazine said. According to the outlet, the star maintained his innocence and also denied being part of a gang.

“I want [people] to take my music seriously and feel everything. I mean, a lot of people know about my story,” the rapper told Rolling Stone earlier this year, “but I want them to know I had to go through a lot to get the things that I got. I might talk a certain way or say certain things, but I’ve been through a lot in my life. I want them to feel what I went through…I want them to know that I’m a real person, that we’re the same.”

In February, Drakeo dropped the album The Truth Hurts. It contains his hit single “Talk to Me,” which features fellow rapper Drake.

“Nah man this s–t isn’t right,” the latter star wrote on his Instagram Story. “For real wtf are we doing…always picked my spirit up with your energy RIP Drakeo.”