Lil Keed, Up-and-Coming Atlanta Rapper, Dies at 24 – The New York Times

In 2018, Keed signed to 300 and Young Stoner Life Records, or YSL, under the tutelage of his mentor, the melodic rapper Young Thug. Earlier this week, Young Thug and 27 others, including numerous rappers from the label, were charged in a major RICO indictment handed down by a grand jury in Fulton County. The indictment alleged that YSL was a criminal street gang responsible for murders, robberies, drug dealing and more.

Keed, who was not charged, responded in a graphic posted to social media that read: “YSL is a family, YSL is a label, YSL is a way of life, YSL is a lifestyle, YSL is not a gang.”

In 2020, Keed was named to XXL magazine’s annual Freshman Class issue, a prominent launchpad for rappers, appearing on the cover alongside acts like Jack Harlow and Fivio Foreign. The year prior, his breakout single, “Nameless,” a raunchy number with a singsong stickiness that became a regional radio hit and streaming success, had been certified gold.

Keed, who released seven full-length projects in two years, worked widely with artists from his city and beyond, including Lil Yachty, Gunna, Future, Lil Uzi Vert and Roddy Ricch.

Keed’s brother and frequent collaborator, the rapper Lil Gotit, reacted to his death Friday night on Instagram. “I did all my cries,” he wrote. “I know what u want me to do and that’s go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers.” Keed is also survived by his daughter, Naychur, and his girlfriend, known as Quana Bandz. “What am I supposed to tell Naychur? What am I gone tell our new baby?” she posted.

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