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Atlanta rapper Lil Keed, signed to Young Thug’s YSL Records, dies at age 24

Atlanta rapper Lil Keed, signed to Young Thug’s YSL Records, has died at the age of 24. Keed’s brother Lil Gotit first announced on social media that the rapper – born Raqhid Render — had died.  He wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the two brothers: “Can’t believe I seened u die today bro I did all my cries.”  No cause of death was provided.

Lil Keed came out of the Atlanta hip-hop scene beginning in 2018 thanks to his mixtapes including Keed Talk to ‘Em and his Trapped in Cleveland series. The following year, after signing with YSL Records, Lil Keed released his debut album Long Live Mexico, featuring artists like Young Thung, Roddy Ricch, Moneybagg Yo, and Gunna. In 2020, Lil Keed teamed with his brother Lil Gotit, Lil Yachty and Zaytoven for their collaborative mixtape A-Team. In addition to this own albums and mixtapes, Lil Keed also featured 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 indictment against Young Stoner/Slime Life (YSL) Records, including the label’s co-founder Young Thug and fellow YSL rapper Gunna; Lil Keed was not among the 28 people named in the indictment.

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