Lil Keed, Atlanta Rapper on Young Thug’s YSL Records, Dead at 24

Lil Keed, an Atlanta rapper signed to Young Thug’s YSL Records, has died aged 24.

His brother Lil Gotit first announced on social media that the rapper-born Raqhid Render had passed away. Lil Keed’s rep also confirmed the death to Complex. No cause of death was given.

“I can’t believe I saw you die today bro, I’ve done all my crying,” Lil Gotit wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the two brothers.

The up-and-coming rapper emerged from the Atlanta hip-hop scene from 2018 thanks to a series of mixtapes, including: Keed Talk to ‘Em And his Caught in Cleveland series. The following year, after signing to YSL Records, Lil Keed released his debut album Long live Mexicowith artists such as Young Thung, Roddy Ricch, Moneybagg Yo and Gunna.

In 2020, Lil Keed teamed up with his brother Lil Gotit and fellow Atlanteans Lil Yachty and Zaytoven for their joint mixtape A team† In addition to these own albums and mixtapes, Lil Keed could also be heard on tracks by Lil Yachty, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Nav and Trippie Redd.

Lil Keed’s death comes just days after federal prosecutors filed a 56-count RICO suit against Young Stoner/Slime Life (YSL) Records, including label co-founder Young Thug and fellow YSL rapper Gunna; Lil Keed was not one of the 28 people named in the indictment.

Earlier this week, Lil Keed defended his label mates on social media, saying that, contrary to accusers’ allegations, YSL was “not a street gang.”

While Young Thug and Gunna remain behind bars pending a union, other rappers have taken to social media to pay tribute to Lil Keed. “DAMN KEEED I LOVE YOU,” Lil Yachty tweeted, while Zaytoven wrote of the rapper: “Working with you was an honor and a pleasure.” Drake – who made a surprise appearance at Lil Keed’s concert in Los Angeles in 2020 – also posted a tribute to the rapper in his Instagram Stories on Saturday.

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