Rising British rapper Cadet dies in taxi crash

    The Krept and Konan associate was cut down in his prime.

    Cadet performing at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in November 2015
    Image: C Brandon / Redferns

    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.

    Many hip hop artists, like Stormzy and DJ Semtex, paid tribute to Cadet on social media. But the most emotional salute came from Krept, who posted a childhood photo alongside a heartbroken message:

    RIP, Cadet. Hear “Advice” here: