Lil Keed‘s mother has prompted excitement among fans of the late rapper by revealing that a new single and posthumous project by YSL rapper is on its way.
Keed’s mother, Tonnie Woods-Reed, shared a note on her son’s Instagram page on Monday (January 30) outlining plans to share his unreleased music with the world, starting with a new single called “Long Way to Go,” which will arrive this Friday (February 3).
The track will serve as the first preview of Keed’s upcoming album Keed Talk To ‘Em 2, which he had started recording prior to his death last May.
“On May 13, 2022 I lost my son Raqhid Render – who many of you knew as the artist Lil Keed. While this journey through the different phases of grief has been indescribably hard, a way that I have found to cope is through his music,” she began.
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“Right before his passing, Keed was hard at work at what would’ve been his highly anticipated next album Keed Talk To ‘Em 2,” she continued. “As much as he was a great father, son, and friend – he was also an artist who (thanks to many of you) lived and continues to live through his music.
“With that being said, the time has come to share some of our last pieces of Keed with you all starting with the release of his first single ‘Long Way To Go’ this Friday. This song holds a special place in my heart and as you guys will see it will reflect on many aspects of Keed’s journey here on Earth.”
She concluded: “I hope you all appreciate it as we take the first step in cementing Keed’s legacy. Long Live Keed!”
Fans and fellow artists alike flooded the comments section, with the likes of Lil Gotit, Doe Boy, Reese LaFlare, T-Shyne, Jacquees and more sending their love to Keed’s mother.
Lil Keed (born Raqhid Jevon Render) passed away unexpectedly at just 24 years old. He was laid to rest during an emotional ceremony in Atlanta, which was attended by family, friends and loved ones.
While rumors swirled around the cause of his death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled earlier this month that the YSL affiliate died from natural causes due to eosinophilia, which is defined “a higher-than-normal level of eosinophils.”