Lil Keed, YSL Rapper, Dies at 24

The Young Thug protégé collaborated with Lil Gotit, Lil Yachty, Gunna, and many others

 

According to the artist’s management, Lil Keed, the Atlanta-born rapper signed to Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, has died, who confirmed the news to Complex and XXL. “Can’t believe I saw you die today, bro,” said Keed’s brother, fellow rapper Lil Gotit, on Instagram. “I performed all of my sobs. I know what you want me to do: work hard for Mama, Daddy, Our Brothers, Naychur and Whiteboy. #ImaHoldthisShitDown.” The reason for death has not been disclosed. Lil Keed was 24 years old at the time.

Lil Keed was born Raqhid Jevon Render on March 16, 1998, in Atlanta, Georgia, the fifth of seven children, one of them is Lil Gotit. Lil Keed chose to pursue a rap career when he was 16 years old, following the loss of a close friend in 2016. “He ain’t even lived life, and everything was taken away from him.” It opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to do something different. “I can’t go out like that,” he explained to The Fader.

Young Thug, a neighbor-turned-international rap artist, was Lil Keed’s main inspiration. When Keed had only two mixtapes to his credit in 2018, Young Thug took him under his wing and signed him to Young Stoner Life. “He made it out exactly where I am. Walking through the same streets and doing the same activities. “It just means I have to work hard on my art because I know who I’m up against,” Lil Keed told The Fader. Later that year, Trapped on Cleveland 2 and Keed Talk were released by YSL and 300 Entertainment, respectively.

Long Live Mexico, Lil Keed’s debut studio album, was released in 2019, continuing to move out of Young Thug’s shadow and build a name for himself. The following year, he released Trapped on Cleveland 3, his second studio album, and was recognized by the XXL Freshman Class of 2020. He’s since worked on new tunes alongside Thug, Lil Yachty, Gunna, O.T. Genasis, and others.

Following the news of Lil Keed’s death, musicians, including Drake, Rick Ross, Quavo of the Migos, Lil Yachty, and Father paid homage to him on social media.

Lil Keed’s death comes on the heels of the arrests of Young Thug and Gunna, who were charged in a state indictment accusing YSL of being a “criminal street gang.” Keed was neither arrested nor mentioned in the indictment.

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