Raqhid Jevon Render, who was known by his rapper stage name Lil Keed and was a frontrunner of Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records label, has died. He was 24 years old.
Render’s death was confirmed by his label on Saturday morning. No other details regarding his death were immediately available.
“Lil Keed was not only an incredible talent but a devoted father, brother, and son,” 300 Entertainment said in a statement following his death. “We are deeply saddened by this unexpected loss as Keed’s courage, humor, and dedication to his family and craft will be unexplainably missed. Over the years, Keed has made an indescribable impact on the culture and his community. His essence will forever be woven throughout the fabric that is Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment. Our prayers are with his family, friends and fans.”
Lil Gotit, Render’s blood brother and fellow Atlanta rapper, shared the news on Instagram late Friday evening. Posting a photo of the two of them together, Lil Gotit wrote in his caption, “Can’t believe I seened u die today bro I did all my cries I know what u want me to do and that’s go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers Naychur and Whiteboy #ImaHoldthisShitDown”
Render was best known as a major creative within Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records imprint, releasing his biggest song, “Nameless,” back in 2018. The song’s official music video boasts over 33 million views and counting on YouTube.
Signed to both Young Stoner Life and 300 Entertainment, Render is survived by his girlfriend, Quana Bandz, and their first child Naychur, who turned three years old in March. Bandz also shared a lengthy post to her Instagram, highlighting her disbelief and grief over Render’s death.
Earlier in the month, Render defended Young Thug and Gunna’s recent arrest that accused Young Stoner Life of being a “criminal street gang.” While Keed was not named in the indictment, he shared a post to his Instagram story, stating “YSL is a family. YSL is a label. YSL is a way of life. YSL is a lifestyle. YSL is not a gang. YSL is not a criminal organization. YSL is not a street gang. YSL is not a mob.”
Young Thug’s manager, Garfield Larmond, also took to social media to reveal Thug had taken Lil Keed on his first tour.