On Sunday (December 19), Drakeo The Ruler passed away after being stabbed in the neck during an altercation backstage at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival at the Banc of California Exposition Park in his hometown of Los Angeles.
Once the news about the death of the West Coast rapper tributes began to pour out on social media from close friends, family, and collaborators, including Drake, Snoop Dogg, Saweetie, Juicy J, and more.
“Nah man this shit isn’t right wtf are we doing,” Drake wrote on his Instagram story after learning the tragic news. “ Always picked my spirit up with your energy RIP Drakeo.”
Snoop Dogg, who was slated to headline the Once Upon a Time in LA festival before the tragic incident, shared a heartfelt statement regarding Drakeo’s death on Instagram.
“My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler,” Snoop wrote. “I’m not with anything negative and as one of the many performers, I was there to spread positive vibes only to my city of LA. Last night I was in my dressing room when I was informed about the incident and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds. My prayers go out to everyone affected by tragedy. Please take care, love one another and stay safe ya’ll. IM PRAYING FOR PEACE IN HIP HOP.”
California rapper, Saweetie also paid tribute to the late rapper, tweeting, “Man Drakeo was always hella cool & respectful. Prayers up for his family RIP The Ruler.”
Long Beach rapper and producer Joey Fatts shared an emotional reaction on social media, “Drakeo was `7 killed while working. Was there for a performance,” Fatts tweeted. “All these get out the streets tweets/leave your city tweets. Shut the fuck up. No reason why a knife should be able to be snuck into a music festival. Especially since the Travis Scott shit. Rip Drakeo hope his fam sue.”
Many other rappers and Drakeo’s peers took to social media to share their condolences. RIP Drakeo The Ruler. Forever.