The 20-year-old, who had a viral hit in 2019 with his song “6locc 6a6y,” faced a manslaughter charge in the shooting of his best friend.
Dallas rapper Lil Loaded, who had a viral hit with “6locc 6a6y” in summer 2019, has died. The Dallas County medical examiner’s office confirmed that the 20-year-old, whose legal name was Dashawn Robertson, died Monday. His cause and manner of death have not been determined.
Robertson signed with Epic Records after “6locc 6a6y” went viral, with more than 25 million views on YouTube. That song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America last week, and Robertson wrote in an Instagram post about the certification that he had the “dopest fanbase on earth.”
Ashkan Mehryari, an attorney for Robertson, said that his client’s death was “very tragic” and that he didn’t see it coming. Mehryari said the record label believed strongly in Robertson and had invested heavily in his success. “He had a very bright and promising music career ahead of him,” he said.
Stanley Gabart, whose production company worked with the record label, said the death of a young man who was so talented and full of joy came as a shock. “This kid was on a great path,” he said, adding that he loved watching Robertson make music.
“He was struggling with some things we wish we would’ve known about, wish we could’ve intervened” and gotten to a different outcome, Gabart said.
Robertson was arrested last year on a murder charge in connection with the shooting of his best friend, 18-year-old Khalil Walker. He was indicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter in February, and his attorney said at the time that there was no malice in the incident.
Court records show that Robertson, who was free on bond, had a hearing scheduled for Tuesday. Mehryari said the hearing was just an admonishment and that it had not been weighing on his client.
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