ATLANTE – Atlanta rapper Lil Keed has died, his brother has confirmed.
Lil Gotit’s verified Instagram account posted on Saturday morning: “I can’t believe I saw you die today bro I did all my crying I know what you want me to do and it’s hard on mom dad our brothers Naychur and Whiteboy.”
The rapper’s cause of death is unknown. He was affiliated with Atlanta-based Young Stoner Life Records.
The 24-year-old, whose legal name is Rahqid Render according to a biography on the YSL website, was born in Atlanta. He signed with YSL in 2018 after a mixtape caught the eye of Young Thug, who founded Young Stoner Life Records.
The official music video for his song “Nameless” has over 33 million views on YouTube and the music video for his song “Snake” has over 12 million views.
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Lil Keed was scheduled to perform at Daze in Blue, a music festival in Charlotte, on Saturday.
The rapper’s latest Instagram post promoted an upcoming show in Cairo, Georgia.
He collaborated with several artists including Gunna of YSL Records, also from Atlanta, for a song called “Fox 5”.
Lil Keed’s death comes days after artists associated with the YSL label were charged with federal crimes. Rapper Young Thug has been arrested on racketeering charges and Gunna is one of several people charged and arrested in Fulton County following an investigation into gang activity.
Young Slime Life (YSL) Gang Investigation
Young Thug, a 30-year-old rapper whose legal name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested Monday in Buckhead in a sweeping gang indictment that also named 27 other people, including fellow Atlanta rapper Gunna.
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Fulton County prosecutors allege those named in the indictment are members of the Young Slime Life (YSL) gang, which has engaged in criminal activity in the city since 2012.
Jeffery Williams, whose stage name is “Young Thug”, Sergio Kitchens, whose stage name is “Gunna”. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)
If convicted of a RICO charge, Williams could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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What is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act?
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, was developed to combat organized crime. It was signed into law in 1970 after being signed into law by President Richard Nixon.
At the federal level, RICO was originally intended to be used to fight the Mafia. It is based on a list of 27 federal crimes and eight state crimes committed repeatedly over a 10-year period. These crimes may include fraud, theft, computer crimes, embezzlement, credit scams, investment schemes, human trafficking, illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, forgery and various drug charges.
The Department of Justice used RICO to dismantle several crime families and root out corruption in several city police departments. Prosecutors have also used RICO to try to dismantle several street gangs and have helped prosecute companies that violate federal law.
Georgia’s RICO statutes are similar to the federal version, but are much broader in that the criminal “enterprise” does not have to exist as long. Georgia is one of 33 states to have its own RICO statutes. However, in state and federal law, a criminal enterprise model must be established.
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