Lil Keed, a rising hip-hop talent, died early Saturday morning, according to his brother.
“I can’t believe I saw you die today bro, I cried my heart out. I know what you want me to do, and that’s go all out for Mama Daddy. Naychur and Whiteboy, our brothers, “Keed’s brother, rapper Lil Gotit, posted on his verified Instagram account.
Lil Keed, whose real name was Raqhid Jevon Render, was scheduled to play at the Daze in Blue music festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday.\
Render’s representatives were contacted by ABC News, but no response was received.
Render, an Atlanta native, rose to prominence through the Young Stoner Life record label, which was created by rapper Jeffery Lamar Williams, better known as “Young Thug.”
Render was named to XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class in 2020 — the publication’s annual list of up-and-coming hip-hop artists making waves in the industry – as a protégé of Young Thug and a star in the Atlanta hip-hop scene.
“I’m glad since I finally obtained this s— after my second year of trying. So, I’m content “Render told XXL Magazine about the honour at the moment. “Because I work hard, I’m a 2020 XXL Freshman. I put forth the effort. I do what needs to be done. I do everything I can for my family to ensure that they are taken care of.”
NayChur, the rapper’s young daughter, was his only child.
Render’s death was confirmed by her mother, Quana Bandz, on her Instagram account in various posts on Saturday.
“My man (Lil Keed) was adored by so many followers so many supporters so many gorgeous women true homeboys and other American musicians and most importantly his FAMILY,” she posted on Instagram. “Thank you for your sympathy, but we are not in good health. My head is honestly gone, and my body is numb and shivering.”
Render became a Billboard-charting musician in 2020 after releasing his second studio album, “Trapped on Cleveland 3,” and collaborated with hip-hop luminaries such as Young Thug, Travis Scott, and Future.
“I aspire to be a megastar. I don’t want to be a celebrity. I aspire to be a megastar, “In 2020, he told XXL Magazine. “I’d like to get past Prince, Michael Jackson, and the rest of them. And I’m confident that I can do it if I stay focused on my goals.”
The loss of the promising rapper comes at a difficult moment for several YSL label employees.
Williams, who was Render’s mentor, has been at the centre of a legal maelstrom after he and others linked with his gang, YSL, were among 28 people charged with gang-related crimes as part of a 56-count indictment issued by the Atlanta district attorney’s office on Monday.
The indictment does not name or charge Render. Williams’ attorney, Brian Steel, told ABC News on Monday that Williams “did no criminal infraction whatsoever.” “We will fight this matter with integrity, legality, and zeal. Mr. Williams will be found not guilty.”
According to prosecution documents acquired by ABC News, the Atlanta district attorney’s office alleges that Williams created the YSL gang in 2012. Render’s record label is also known as YSL.
According to numerous hip-hop outlets, Render supported YSL in his Instagram stories earlier this week.
“YSL is a clan. YSL is a brand. YSL is a lifestyle. YSL is a way of life. YSL is not affiliated with any gang. YSL is not a criminal enterprise. YSL isn’t a gang on the streets. YSL isn’t a gang “In his Instagram stories, he wrote.