Rapper Cadet dies in car crash on his way to a gig


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Cadet has died in a car crash on the way to a gig at Keele University in Staffordshire.

The rapper from south London, whose real name is Blaine Cameron Johnson, died in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The news of Cadet’s death was confirmed by his family on his official Instagram account.

In a statement to Radio 1 Newsbeat, his management said the 28-year-old was a passenger in a taxi.

Cadet’s cousin Krept – of rap duo Krept and Konan – led the tributes online, saying he was “heartbroken”.

The 28-year-old had been rapping alongside Krept and Konan since he was a teenager.

His most recent single Advice, with Deno Driz, was released in October and peaked at number 27 in the charts.

Musicians, sports stars and DJs have all been paying tribute to the rapper.

Stormzy said he didn’t know what to say, posting on Instagram that it feels “mad, weird” whilst Drake simply wrote RIP.

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Look at what everyone is saying about you, I proper don’t even know what to type this feels mad weird. I was gonna write a long speech about how I met you and what you’ve done for me but where does man start. Everyone loves you look at what everyone has to say about your heart and character. This guy ALWAYS, as in literally every single time I see him greets me with a “I love you lil bro”, the last few times we’ve seen each other that’s all we say, we haven’t even caught up, man just sees you and you say you know I love you lil bro and I say bro from early I love you. This guy has saved my arse when I was dead broke and made it a duty to let me know you’ve got my back, like that’s all you say and remind me. IThis man exudes love. I can’t even explain how clean hearted you are, look what you mean to everyone. No one will ever forget you big bro, words can’t do anything justice right now but rest in peace to the absolute REALEST and I can say that with my hand on my heart. Love you bro 💔💔💔💔

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Cadet regularly appeared on BBC Radio 1Xtra and performed at MistaJam’s Christmas Party last year.

<div class="embed embed-iframe" data-iframe='<iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/shVbXlV5QaI?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>‘></p> <div class="embed-region embed-core-hidden" role="region" aria-label="Youtube post by BBC Radio 1Xtra"> <a class="off-screen jump-link" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47183401">Skip Youtube post by BBC Radio 1Xtra</a></p> <div class="embed embed-iframe-inner youtube-video"></div> <div class="media-with-caption__caption embed-youtube-warning">Warning: Third party content may contain adverts</div> <div class="embed-report"><a class="embed-report-link" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial" aria-label="Report Youtube post by BBC Radio 1Xtra">Report</a></div> <p class="off-screen" id="jump-linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shVbXlV5QaI" tabindex="-1">End of Youtube post by BBC Radio 1Xtra</p> </p></div> </p></div> </div> </div> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Presentational white space" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/604B/production/_97415642_007_in_numbers_624.png" data-width="624" data-height="1"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <p>Staffordshire Police confirmed Cadet died in the crash in Betley in the early hours of Saturday morning. </p> <p>In a statement, the force said: “Blaine Cameron Johnson, 28, of London, died after the Toyota Prius he was travelling in was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Combo van at 1.30am. </p> <p>“He was pronounced dead at the scene.” </p> <p>A previous statement said that the drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospital with serious injuries and three others were also being treated in hospital. </p> <p>Cadet was on his way to Keele University where he was due to perform at the student union night Fresh Friday.</p> <p>It’s billed as ‘Staffordshire’s Biggest Hip Hop, Garage and R&B Night’.</p> <div class="social-embed"> <div class="social-embed-post social-embed-fallbacktwitter embed-image-wrap" style="max-width: 465px"> <a class="embed-original-post-link" href="https://twitter.com/KeeleSU/status/1094205859150864384"></p> <figure class="media-landscape full-width embed-screenshot-js"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Twitter post by @KeeleSU: We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that Cadet passed away en route to Keele in the early hours of this morning. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to his loved ones at this difficult time." data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/socialembed/https://twitter.com/KeeleSU/status/1094205859150864384~/news/uk-47183401" data-width="465" data-height="250"></div> <p> <span class="off-screen">Image Copyright @KeeleSU</span><br /> <span class="story-image-copyright" aria-hidden="true">@KeeleSU</span><br /> </span></p> <div class="embed-report-js"><a class="embed-report-link" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial" aria-label="">Report</a></div> </figure> <p></a> </div> </div> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Presentational white space" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/604B/production/_97415642_007_in_numbers_624.png" data-width="624" data-height="1"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <p>DJ Target posted on Twitter that Cadet was “a talent, and a lovely guy, always smiling, infectious energy.”</p> <div class="social-embed"> <div class="social-embed-post social-embed-twitter"> <div class="embed embed-twitter"> <div class="embed-region" role="region" aria-label="Twitter post by @DJTarget"> <a class="off-screen jump-link" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47183401">Skip Twitter post by @DJTarget</a></p> <div class="twitter-wrap"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Waking up to the terrible news that Cadet has passed away. I can’t believe it. Such a talent, and a lovely guy, always smiling, infectious energy. My thoughts are with his family, and close friends at this time. 🙏🏽</p> <p>— Grime Kids OUT NOW (@DJTarget) <a href="https://twitter.com/DJTarget/status/1094157829915717632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 9, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <div class="embed-report"><a class="embed-report-link" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial" aria-label="Report Twitter post by @DJTarget">Report</a></div> </p></div> <p class="off-screen" id="jump-linkhttps://twitter.com/DJTarget/status/1094157829915717632" tabindex="-1">End of Twitter post by @DJTarget</p> </p></div> </p></div> </div> </div> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Presentational white space" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/604B/production/_97415642_007_in_numbers_624.png" data-width="624" data-height="1"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <div class="social-embed"> <div class="social-embed-post social-embed-fallbacktwitter embed-image-wrap" style="max-width: 465px"> <a class="embed-original-post-link" href="https://twitter.com/LoyleCarner/status/1094168283517997056"></p> <figure class="media-landscape full-width embed-screenshot-js"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Twitter post by @LoyleCarner: Heartbroken to hear about Cadet. He was a true story teller and from my neck of the woods.The music is forever my g." data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/socialembed/https://twitter.com/LoyleCarner/status/1094168283517997056~/news/uk-47183401" data-width="465" data-height="250"></div> <p> <span class="off-screen">Image Copyright @LoyleCarner</span><br /> <span class="story-image-copyright" aria-hidden="true">@LoyleCarner</span><br /> </span></p> <div class="embed-report-js"><a class="embed-report-link" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial" aria-label="">Report</a></div> </figure> <p></a> </div> </div> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Presentational white space" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/604B/production/_97415642_007_in_numbers_624.png" data-width="624" data-height="1"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption body-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Grey line" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/11662/production/_105466217_464x2.jpg" data-width="464" data-height="2"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <h2 class="story-body__crosshead">This year was set to be massive for Cadet</h2> <p><strong>by Nick Bright, Radio 1Xtra DJ</strong></p> <p>For us at 1Xtra he was a huge artist.</p> <p>Lots of his tracks were on the playlist last year, and even as we speak at the moment one of them is on the A-list, so it’s one of the tunes that gets played the most. </p> <p>To see this happen to an artist just as he’s about to break through is a really sad thing. </p> <p>He’s from Gypsy Hill in south London and he started out in a crew called Gipset with Krept and Konan.</p> <p>He’s consistently being putting out music – the Commitment and the Commitment 2 are probably two of the most known pieces of work he’d put out.</p> <p>He got so much recognition from those projects alone and lots more people have been paying attention to his music. </p> <p>He’s worked with Krept and Konan, two of the biggest rappers in the UK, Donae’o and Deno Driz on Advice, which is probably one of the biggest tunes he put out there.</p> <p>It’s quite a small scene so when something like this happens everybody within this industry knows it’s happened. </p> <p>There’s no doubt in my mind that he would have been playing at so many different places this summer because he’s got so many big songs out at the moment and loads in the pipeline. </p> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption body-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Grey line" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/11662/production/_105466217_464x2.jpg" data-width="464" data-height="2"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <p>In 2015, Krept brought Cadet on stage with him at Wireless Festival and this summer the rapper was due to perform at the festival. </p> <p>In a statement, Wireless said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fans, of Cadet. </p> <p>“Such sad news. </p> <p>“We’ll be keeping his Wireless performance as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine.”</p> <div class="social-embed"> <div class="social-embed-post social-embed-fallbacktwitter embed-image-wrap" style="max-width: 465px"> <a class="embed-original-post-link" href="https://twitter.com/example/status/1094166269346148353"></p> <figure class="media-landscape full-width embed-screenshot-js"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Twitter post by @example: Was chatting to you only last week about how excited you were for some festivals this summer. So much positive energy. Smiling nonstop when I was with you, first time we met I felt as if I’d known you my whole life. Mad humble guy. RIP Cadet 💔😢😢" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/socialembed/https://twitter.com/example/status/1094166269346148353~/news/uk-47183401" data-width="465" data-height="272"></div> <p> <span class="off-screen">Image Copyright @example</span><br /> <span class="story-image-copyright" aria-hidden="true">@example</span><br /> </span></p> <div class="embed-report-js"><a class="embed-report-link" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial" aria-label="">Report</a></div> </figure> <p></a> </div> </div> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Presentational white space" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/604B/production/_97415642_007_in_numbers_624.png" data-width="624" data-height="1"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <div class="social-embed"> <div class="social-embed-post social-embed-fallbacktwitter embed-image-wrap" style="max-width: 465px"> <a class="embed-original-post-link" href="https://twitter.com/GiveBloodNHS/status/1094153457966243841"></p> <figure class="media-landscape full-width embed-screenshot-js"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Twitter post by @GiveBloodNHS: We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of @CallMeCadet. He was extremely talented and wonderful to work with. Sending lots of love to his family and friends during this difficult time. RIP Cadet. " data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/1024/socialembed/https://twitter.com/GiveBloodNHS/status/1094153457966243841~/news/uk-47183401" data-width="465" data-height="571"></div> <p> <span class="off-screen">Image Copyright @GiveBloodNHS</span><br /> <span class="story-image-copyright" aria-hidden="true">@GiveBloodNHS</span><br /> </span></p> <div class="embed-report-js"><a class="embed-report-link" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial" aria-label="">Report</a></div> </figure> <p></a> </div> </div> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Presentational white space" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/604B/production/_97415642_007_in_numbers_624.png" data-width="624" data-height="1"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <div class="social-embed"> <div class="social-embed-post social-embed-twitter"> <div class="embed embed-twitter"> <div class="embed-region" role="region" aria-label="Twitter post by @OFFICIALSOSOLID"> <a class="off-screen jump-link" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47183401">Skip Twitter post by @OFFICIALSOSOLID</a></p> <div class="twitter-wrap"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">He brought life & substance to the uk music scene 😔🙏🏾 Cadet <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RiP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RiP</a> <a href="https://t.co/bTduZW2CT5">pic.twitter.com/bTduZW2CT5</a></p> <p>— Mega SoSolid #S9 (@OFFICIALSOSOLID) <a href="https://twitter.com/OFFICIALSOSOLID/status/1094167231922089984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 9, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <div class="embed-report"><a class="embed-report-link" href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial" aria-label="Report Twitter post by @OFFICIALSOSOLID">Report</a></div> </p></div> <p class="off-screen" id="jump-linkhttps://twitter.com/OFFICIALSOSOLID/status/1094167231922089984" tabindex="-1">End of Twitter post by @OFFICIALSOSOLID</p> </p></div> </p></div> </div> </div> <figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width"><span class="image-and-copyright-container"></p> <div class="js-delayed-image-load" data-alt="Presentational white space" data-src="https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/320/cpsprodpb/604B/production/_97415642_007_in_numbers_624.png" data-width="624" data-height="1"></div> <p> </span></p> </figure> <p><i>Listen to Newsbeat </i><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_one" class="story-body__link">live</a><i> at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – if you miss us you can listen back </i><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wkry/episodes/player" class="story-body__link">here</a>.</p> </p></div>