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Drakeo the Ruler arrested in bizarre LA incident

Drakeo recorded the video of him being arrested for his Uber driver's violation. The car he was traveling in with his son, had tinted windows
UPDATED AUG 23, 2021
A screenshot of Drakeo's Instagram Live (@drakeotheruler/Instagram)
A screenshot of Drakeo's Instagram Live (@drakeotheruler/Instagram)

Social media has begun a campaign to 'free Drakeo' after the rapper was arrested in a bizarre incident on August 22. The 28-year-old recorded the arrest on Instagram Live and can be heard asking "what y'all doing bro?" multiple times as he is cuffed. It's unclear why exactly the cops arrested Drakeo the Ruler, but the video indicates his car was stopped for tinted windows. The arrest has left social media fuming, as Drakeo can be heard saying that the car was an Uber, and not his.

Drakeo isn't the only rapper to be arrested in recent days. On August 20, Atlanta Police arrested Paper Lovee, after a dramatic chase ended with a car crash in the city. In June, Orlando-based rapper 9lokknine was arrested on RICO and racketeering charges. Then in July, Sheff G, a Brooklyn native was arrested for gun possession in New York City. These are just some of the many arrests to rock the music scene in recent months, sparking concern amongst fans. 


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Unlike those cases, however, it appears Drakeo was arrested for no fault of his own. We don't have much to go on except his Instagram Live, but the two-minute video provides considerable details into the incident. Here's everything we know about Drakeo's arrest.


Why was Drakeo arrested?

The Los-Angeles based rapper was arrested by the LAPD over what appears to be a case of tinted windows. As seen in the video, Drakeo was in an Uber when the driver was pulled over for tinted windows. Then, the cops also asked him to step out of the vehicle and arrested him. "We're gonna ask you one more time to step out. And if you say no, then we gonna do what we gotta do," one cop can be heard saying. He then added, "and then I am gonna take you to jail." To that, a shocked Drakeo responds, "What the f--- is going on?"

It's unclear what the cop says next, but Drakeo then asks "So what did I do for y'all to pull me over? Y'all pulling my Uber driver bro. What is going on?" The cop then says "just get out of the car and we'll handle this." A clearly exasperated Drakeo defends himself saying the car is an Uber, but it appears to be for no avail. After about a minute, he gets out of the car revealing two cops in masks. 

We don't know what happens next, but the video ends with Drakeo screaming "what y'all doing bro" and a woman in the background yelling "I'm recording." Part of the video was then uploaded to Twitter by Hip Hop Ties, a news organization for music. "Drakeo The Ruler arrested on IG live earlier today after his Uber driver got pulled over for tinted windows. FREE DRAKEO!" they tweeted.


A short while later, a Twitter account by the name Otto Von Biz Markie provided further details of the arrest. "The LAPD pulled him over for riding in the back of an Uber with tinted windows. He was with his son. A set up if I've ever heard of one," Markie tweeted. He followed that up with another tweet, "Who ever heard of someone get pulled over on a Sunday morning at 11 a.m. with their toddler son, while riding in the back of an Uber, WHOSE ONLY VISIBLE CRIME WAS HAVING TINTED WINDOWS? It would be ridiculous if it wasn't so glaringly sinister." 


Internet begins 'Free Drakeo' campaign

The viral video has since led to a massive online campaign, with Twitter users slamming the LAPD for Drakeo's arrest. "He got arrested because the UBER he was in with his kid had tinted windows How does this make any sense? How is this not a set up? FREE DRAKEO," one person said. Another tweeted, "Free Drakeo he ain’t do nothin wrong." One user commented, "This video of Drakeo getting arrested is wild. Free Drakeo the Ruler!




"Man Wtf Free Drakeo ..He Got Arrested Cuz His Uber Had Tinted Windows F--- LAPD," one user tweeted. Another said, "That video of Drakeo getting arrested is chilling. It completely ruined my day. Free Drakeo the Ruler!"



It's unclear on what charges Drakeo was arrested. The Instagram Live was the last post he made on social media. The LAPD hasn't addressed the matter either, so there is still a lot we don't know. Hopefully, it was all a big misunderstanding, but that hasn't stopped social media from slamming the LAPD.