His family confirmed the tragic news, telling fans Cadet, real name Blaine Cameron Johnson, had been killed in a car crash on his way to a performance. A statement shared on his Instagram read: ‘We the family of Blaine Cameron Johnson known as Cadet (Underrated Legend) would like to share the sad news that during the early hours of 9th February 2019 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance.
Right now we the family appreciate your patience and will share with you any information as and when we can. Thanks for your support in advance. ‘Love The Johnson Family #cadetcadet #imbuff #underratedlegend #ripcadet.’ Cadet was the cousin of Krept, of duo Krept and Konan; the Freak Of The Week rapper tweeted: ‘Absolutely broken.’
Tributes have poured in on social media for the rising star, with the rapper Ghetts saying: ‘Just woken up looked at my timeline 💔💔💔 proper genuine brudda cadet. condolences to his close friends and family.’ Producer Dr Kane tweeted: ‘I feel numb my bro you know. I was just speaking to you about our next tune we were gonna drop and shut down this year.
I feel sick man !!! RIP cadet.’ DJ Semtex wrote: ‘Cant believe it… I was on stage with him last week . Never seen a man so happy. Everything was working out for him. This was gonna be his year. We were plottin on the best time to do an interview on his next single. Rip Cadet.’
A fan added: ‘RIP Cadet. It’s sad how we rarely ever appreciate and support hard working artists when they are alive. We will now start hearing how great he truly was.’ Cadet was set to perform at Wireless Festival this year, with the festival saying: ‘The proclaimed
“Underrated Legend”, Cadet, stepped into the music scene during the second half of 2015 with a hard-hitting freestyle reaching over half a million views in just a few months. This was quickly followed by another heartfelt freestyle, Cadet is tipped for an unstoppable career.’
He found success on YouTube with songs like Letter To Krept, Instagram Girls and Advice racking up millions of views, and released two EPs, The Commitment and The Commitment 2. As well as having his own headline shows, Cadet supported Krept & Konan on their The Long Way Home tour, as well as touring with Bugzy Malone.
Cadet’s final Instagram post came three days ago, when he shared a picture of himself on stage – captioning the photo: ‘Home.’ Speaking about his music, the London-born musician said: ‘I wouldn’t call myself a storyteller.
I dislike being called that. If you go back to old-school music through the history, music is meant to be you telling your story, and about how certain things make you feel. Slick Rick was a story-teller, because he’ll make up a story then tell you something a bank robber or something like that, that was storytelling.
‘All I know is I’m working hard today, tomorrow and the day after, so shit’s gonna come together. I’m just working hard every day, and that’s better than working towards something in six months, because I’m making the most out of today.’ Cadet’s management said they will be releasing a statement later today when they have more details.
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