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Atlanta rapper Lil Keed dies at 24: NPR


Rapper Lil Keed in 2019

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Atlanta rapper Lil Keed dies at 24: NPR

Rapper Lil Keed in 2019

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Atlanta rapper Lil Keed died Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 24. A publicist for his label 300 Entertainment confirmed his death to NPR. No cause of death was given.

“I can’t believe I saw you die today bro, I cried,” his brother, rapper Lil Gotit, posted on his verified Instagram account. “I know what you want me to do and it’s hard on mom dad our brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.”

Lil Keed, real name Raqhid Render, was scheduled to perform Saturday afternoon at Until Next Time Daze at the Blue Music Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the festival lineup.

Born March 16, 1998, the rapper grew up in the same Atlanta neighborhood as Young Thug, who played an influential role in Lil Keed’s music as a mentor and founder of the YSL imprint under 300 Entertainment. He and Lil Gotit, his younger brother, were making music together in 2017 when they started gaining popularity. And in 2018, he signed with YSL Records for his album Trapped on Cleveland 2.

“I’m just me. I love doing it. It’s what excites me,” Lil Keed said of making music in a 2020 interview with the outlet. Complex.

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2019 was a big year for the rapper, who released some of his most popular singles as well as his debut studio album, Long live Mexico, which peaked at number 26 on the Billboard 200.

“My goal and intentions for my future? I want to be a megastar,” Lil Keed said in a 2020 interview with the magazine. XXL for their annual “Freshman Class” issue. “I don’t want to be a superstar…I want to try to be beyond Prince and Michael Jackson and them. And I know I can do that as long as I stay committed to what I’m doing.”




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