British hip hop lost a rising star over the weekend: The rapper Cadet was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning.
The 28-year-old rapper—born Blaine Johnson—was on his way to perform at Keele University in Straffordshire when his taxi collided with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, The Guardian reports. The two drivers and Cadet’s three fellow passengers were treated for injuries.
Cadet was a cousin of Krept, who was one half of Krept and Konan. Cadet was a longtime associate of the duo’s Gipset crew and began to make his mark as a solo artist in 2015, when he released the provocative “Slut” freestyle. He dropped the emotional “Letter to Krept” in 2016, the same year he put out his debut mixtape, The Commitment. The rapper was on his way up: His 2018 single with Deno Driz, “Advice,” had racked up millions of streams and YouTube views.
My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz. You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. Im so proud of you. My left lung. Im devestated and broken right now ?? pic.twitter.com/125pWPMzO1
— TALLY (@kreptplaydirty) February 9, 2019
RIP, Cadet. Hear “Advice” here: