For the second time this year, a Bay Area rapper known for leading the hyphy movement has been shot.
Keak Da Sneak suffered multiple gunshot wounds Monday morning in Richmond, according to an East Bay Times report. Conflicting reports say the rapper, whose real name is Charles Williams, is either in critical or stable condition.
Thizzler on the Roof, a site dedicated to Bay Area music, reported on Twitter that Williams is out of surgery and in stable condition.
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Richmond police told the East Bay Times that Williams was located in front of a gas station around 5:30 a.m. and he was taken via ambulance to a trauma center.
“What we know is he was most likely targeted and it wasn’t a random shooting and it kind of underscores the fact that the person who did this was intending to probably take his life because you don’t just shoot multiple times at a person not intending for the person to die,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan told KGO in San Francisco.
Keak Da Sneak, who is believed to live in Sacramento, headlined a show Sunday night in his native Oakland.
Twitter users spoke out in support.
“Damn don’t take another Bay Area legend from us,” @Erockkk831 wrote.
“Prayers going out to Keak Da Sneak....dont give up man,” @dennisb407 tweeted.
Williams was also shot Jan. 20 but details were scarce. However, he confirmed that shooting through an Instagram post.
“You’ll never understand how valuable life is until it flash before ya eyes,” Williams wrote. “Gods plan can never be determined by man an fa that I’m still livin an Can’t nothin on this earth stop me!”
Keak Da Sneak has laid claim to the term “hyphy” and is widely considered the king of the hyphy movement. A member of the 1990s hip-hop group 3X Krazy, he’s appeared on songs with E-40, C-Bo, MC Hammer and Lil Wayne, among several others.