Keed’s death came just days after his mentor Young Thug and fellow rapper Gunna were arrested in Atlanta on gang charges
Lil Keed, a rapper from Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, died on Friday May 13 in Los Angeles at the age of 24. The musician’s death was confirmed by a New York Times spokesman on Saturday just hours before Keed (full name: Raqhid Jevon Render) was scheduled to play at a music festival in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Keed’s death came just days after his mentor Young Thug and fellow rapper Gunna were arrested in Atlanta on gang charges. The two were named in a massive gang indictment among other label rappers. According to the New York Times, the indictment said YSL was “a criminal street gang responsible for murders, robberies, drug trafficking and more.”
While the cause of death is yet to be determined, fans and friends of the Atlanta-based rapper have taken to social media to extend their condolences. Lil Gotit, a fellow rapper, wrote on Instagram, “I can’t believe I saw you die today bro.” Daddy, our brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.” DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia tweeted, “WTF is Goin On??? Me and my little brother just recorded!! We did one for his new album, but before he left the studio, he dropped a quick verse and said, “This is for you, Paul…this is for you.” Then it went out.”
Quana Bandz, Keed’s pregnant friend, wrote a sad Instagram post. “I love you sooooo much baby what to do without you. I can’t breathe properly, sleep properly, nothing, I don’t even want to talk to anyone, Keed, I can’t take this,” she explained. “What shall I say to Naychur? What did I say to our new baby? Keed, I told you the other day if you leave me with these two kids I’ll go insane, my mind’s gone baby.”
She continued, “I’m sooooo sorry I didn’t fly to LA. I know I could have saved you baby you really showed me that all you needed was MY LOVE you gave me for giving this to you. IM SORRY please just tell me this is a dream to come home. THEY PROTECTED US. Why DADDY.”
A fan posted the rapper’s video and wrote: “RIP LIL KEED”
In an August 2020 interview with Complex, Keed spoke about the value of family. When asked what people should know about him, the ‘Nameless’ rapper told the publication that he makes songs for his 3-year-old daughter Naychur. “I have my daughter by my side all day, every day. I spend all my time with my daughter,” he said at the time. “Then of course my mother and my family. I hang out with my family. I don’t hang out with everyone.”