Oakland rapper Charles Kente Williams, better known as Keak Da Sneak, is recovering from surgery after being shot multiple times early on Monday morning in Richmond. The 39-year-old rapper is best known for coining the term “hyphy” and for propelling the musical movement. He started his career as part of the influential Oakland crew 3X Krazy.
Before the shooting, on Sunday evening, Keak took the stage at Complex in Oakland for a headlining performance, according to the venue’s general manager, Oscar Edwards. Mistah F.A.B., who was at that show, posted a video on his Instagram after the shooting (that he later deleted), confirming the incident and urging folks to give “each other roses while we’re here.”
Earlier this year, Keak was shot on January 20 ahead of a performance at The Venu nightclub in Tracy. Though there are few details about the shooting, Keak was able to perform days later, though hobbled, and using a cane.
The rapper realeased a video for his latest song, “Thunderdome,” in June. In his unmistakable scratchy voice, Keak pays homage to Oakland’s sports teams against the backdrop of the A’s Coliseum and Oracle Arena.