Rapper Drakeo the Ruler Critically Injured in Backstage Stabbing at L.A. Concert

Rapper Drakeo the Ruler was stabbed backstage at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. multi-artist concert at the Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park, and was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries.

Superstar Drake, who appeared on a Drakeo the Ruler single earlier this year, posted an Instagram “RIP” message in the early morning hours Sunday, although there has been no official confirmation of reports that Drakeo succumbed to his injuries.

A backstage brawl occurred at about 8:40 p.m., and a victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Reps for Drakeo the Ruler confirmed to Rolling Stone that he was the person stabbed in the melee.

Headliners like Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent had not yet taken the stage at the time of the incident, and the show was called off after the stabbing, although not immediately, as a DJ continued to play  as attendees wondered what the seeming delay between sets was about.

“There was an altercation in the roadway backstage,” said a Live Nation spokesperson in a statement. “Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers decided not to move forward with remaining sets so the festival was ended an hour early.”

The 28-year-old rapper — whose real name is Darrell Caldwell — had been acquitted in felony murder and attempted murder charges in the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man. He was retried but the case ended with a plea deal and Caldwell was released in November of 2020. He recorded a mixtape, ““Thank You For Using GTL,” which included material recorded over the phone from prison while he was awaiting trial.

Hip-hop superstar Drake posted a message in the early morning hours Sunday indicating that Drakeo the Ruler had died. Drake wrote on his Instagram Story: “Nah man this shit isn’t right for real wtf are we doing. Always picked my spirit up with your energy. RIP Drakeo.”


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