Keak Da Sneak Recovering From Shooting, Upgraded To Stable Condition
UPDATE: After being shot yesterday (August 21), rapper Keak Da Sneak has been upgraded to stable condition. Still hospitalized, the Oakland, California veteran MC underwent surgery following a Monday morning shooting in Richmond, California.
The East Bay Times reports that the 39-year-old member of 3X Krazy was found on the ground after the gun attack at a 76 gas station. He had performed hours earlier in his hometown of Oakland at a club named Complex. Mistah F.A.B., who notified fans of Keak’s condition and Monday surgery, was reportedly in attendance. Local law enforcement officials are referring to the rapper’s attack as “targeted.” It is the second shooting attack the former Virgin Records artist and early Hyphy artist has survived this year.
ORIGINAL AUGUST 21 REPORT: Oakland MC Keak Da Sneak is believed to be fighting for his life in a California hospital. The 20-plus-year veteran rapper born Charles Kente Williams was shot in Richmond, California this morning (August 21). He is now in critical condition.
Details are still revealing surrounding the shooting. Keak collaborator Mistah F.A.B. updated fans via Instagram. Fab confirmed that Keak had undergone surgery and in critical condition.
Keak is widely recognized alongside Mac Dre as a Hyphy movement pioneer. His song “Superhyphy” would open the door for others in the mid-2000s. E-40 featured the raspy-voiced MC on his own pivotal hit “Tell Me When To Go.”
For more than a decade prior, Keak burst onto the scene with groups Dual Committee and 3X Krazy. First appearing on C-Bo’s 1994 track “Stompin’ On My Steel Toes,” Keak and his group would sign to Virgin Records by the end of the decade. Throughout the years, Keak has worked with Mac Dre, Alchemist, Prodigy, Daz Dillinger, Lil Wayne, and others.
The veteran who released video single “Thunderdome” in June was previously shot in January.
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