Drakeo, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was 28.
Scott Jawson, a publicist who worked with Drakeo, confirmed his death to CNN, but offered no further information.
“I can confirm his death but am in shock and cannot share further details at this time. I will release a statement from his family as soon as we are able to,” he said.
“During the altercation, a man was seriously injured by a suspect who had an angular weapon. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded on the spot. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, “the CHP said in a statement.
The concert organizer Live Nation, who together with Snoop Dogg organized the event, decided to end the concert early after the event.
“There was a quarrel in the backstage lane. Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers decided not to proceed with the remaining sets, so the festival ended an hour earlier,” a statement from Live Nation said. . .
“The Once Upon a Time in LA Fest ends early. All performances are now over. Please go to the nearest exit and head east on MLK,” the post said about the festival.
In a tweet, Jawson said Drakeo’s loss was “monumental”.
“No words can explain what Drakeo meant to me. Drakeo was the most original and innovative artist of his generation,” Jawson said, adding that Drakeo was “a king without a crown or throne.”
Jawson also compared Drakeo’s loss to two other slain rap icons, Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
CHP Public Information Officer Shanelle Gonzalez said investigation services were working on the incident, reviewing tapes and talking to witnesses. She also said that the authorities do not know what type of weapon was involved in the fight and that no one has been arrested.
Drakeo got its start in Los Angeles
His budding career was repeatedly limited by legal issues. He was arrested in 2017 on a gun charge and in 2018 for murder related to the shooting of a 24-year-old man, and he was detained in the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles County for several years.
“I’m a good example of what’s happening to 90 percent of black people in the system,” Drakeo said in the interview. “I was acquitted of almost every charge and I still had to beg a gang reinforcement to go home.”
Since leaving prison, he has released several mixtapes as well as his first studio album, “The Truth Hurts”, in February.
Rappers mourn Drakeo’s death
Snoop Dogg expressed his condolences to Drakeo’s family and relatives and called for an end to the violence in the hip hop world.
“I’m not having anything negative and as one of the many performers I was there only to spread positive moods to my city LA Last night I was in my locker room when I was informed of the incident and immediately chose to leave “Festival places. My prayers go out to all who are affected by tragedy. Beware, love each other and be safe. I PRAY FOR PEACE IN HIP HOP,” Snoop Dogg tweeted.
Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly included a tweet from rapper Biz Markie.
CNN’s Amir Vera contributed to this report.