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Snoop Dogg calling for ‘peace in hip-hop’ after rapper fatally stabbed at festival

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Rapper Snoop Dogg has called for “peace in hip-hop” after the fatal stabbing of Los Angeles-based rapper Drakeo the Ruler. 

In a statement posted on his Instagram account on Sunday, Snoop Dogg extended his condolences to Drakeo’s family, friends and loved ones. 

Snoop Dogg, along with rapper 50 Cent, was among the artists scheduled to perform at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival, which took place at Exposition Park near Banc of California Stadium on Saturday, according to ABC News

“I’m not with anything negative and as one of the many performers, I was there to spread positive vibes only to my city of LA,” Snoop Dogg said in his post, adding that he was in his dressing room when he heard the news and immediately left the festival grounds.

“My prayers go out to anyone affected by tragedy. Please take care, love one another and stay safe ya’ll. I’M PRAYING FOR PEACE IN HIP HOP,” he added.

Drakeo the Ruler, whose legal name is Darrell Caldwell, was stabbed to death backstage when an altercation reportedly broke out among several individuals.

No arrests had been made as of Sunday, when L.A. Police Department spokesman Luis Garcia said that “detectives are still trying to figure things out,” according to the Los Angeles Times

Drakeo the Ruler’s death comes amid a string of killings of prominent rappers in the past few years, ABC News reported. 

Rappers Nipsey Hussle, Pop Smoke, XXXTentacion, King Von, FBG Duck, Mo3 and Slim 400 have all been victims of gun violence. Memphis-based rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed outside a bakery last month, ABC News noted. 

In a statement, rapper Jim Jones, part of the Harlem collective known as The Diplomats, expressed his condolences over Drakeo’s death on Instagram on Sunday, saying, “Rappers have th most dangerous job in th world.”

“Preservation of life is everything they do not value our lives anymore we are targeted,” Jones added.

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