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YSL Rapper, Lil Keed, Dead at 24

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Hours before he was scheduled to perform at the Until Next Time Daze in the Blue Music Festival in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, up-and-coming Atlanta-based rapper Lil Keed died at the age of 24.

His brother, Lil Gotit, first broke the news with a post on Instagram.

"Can't believe I seened u die today bro I did all my cries I know what u want me to do and that's go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers Naychur and Whiteboy,” he wrote on his verified account.

While the full details of his death have yet to be revealed, the musician’s record label 300 Entertainment confirmed the artist, whose real name is Rahqid Render, passing and released a statement lamenting his loss:

“Lil Keed was not only an incredible talent but a devoted father, brother, and son. We are deeply saddened by this unexpected loss as Keed's courage, humor, and dedication to his family and craft will be unexplainably missed. Over the years, Keed has made an indescribable impact on the culture and his community. His essence will forever be woven throughout the fabric that is Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment. Our prayers are with his family, friends, and fans.”

Young Stoner Life Records, the label founded by fellow Atlanta rap star Young Thug and the imprint to which Lil Keed was signed (under the purview of 300 Entertainment), added its condolences on Twitter.

“A member of our family is gone. Lil Keed was one of the most genuine and heartfelt human beings. He was an artist who loved his fans more than anything else," the label’s official account tweeted Sunday. "We lost a brother, a son, a father, and a friend. Keep him in your prayers and his legacy alive."

The rapper was born on March 16, 1998, in the same Atlanta neighborhood as Young Thug. He was mentored by the superstar and signed to YSL in 2018. His first studio album “Long Live Mexico,” proceeded by several successful single releases, peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2019.

The artist’s death was the latest blow for the embattled record label, which saw 28 people associated with it indicted for violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO Act and participating in criminal street gang activity last week.

Young Thug and labelmate Gunna, two of the label's biggest stars, were jailed and denied bail in Georgia on RICO and other charges.

Incarceration did not stop the duo from reaching out to Lil Keed’s family in the wake of this tragedy.

According to Lil Gotit both platinum rappers have spoken to him while awaiting their next court dates.

“Talked to @thuggerthugger1 [Young Thug] yesterday,” he wrote on his Instagram story. “Keed u f—d him up with this one but we know you guarding him through these times and make sure he gone be alright We da Proud Family can’t nothing stop us.”

He added, “Talked to @gunna [Gunna] he good just sad what’s goin on wit twin but everything gone be in our favor.”

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