BRIT rapper Cadet was one of the country’s fastest rising stars in the UK rap scene.
This year, he was set to perform at Wireless Festival to deliver a jaw-dropping performance along with the likes of Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, Travis Scott and Migos – however, he was tragically killed on February 9, aged 28.
Who was Cadet?
Cadet, born Blaine Cameron Johnson, was a rising star tipped for a incredibly bright future.
The Brit rapper based in London, was only 28 when his taxi was involved in a horror crash, resulting in his tragic death.
His celebrity fans include the likes of Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Example and X Factor’s Sarah-Jane Crawford.
One of his most famous tracks was ‘Advice’ which also features Deno.
Cadet was also famous for his collaboration with Da Beatfreakz, AJ, Deno and Swarmz on the single Pumpy.
His career started off by rapping beside the London-base duo Krept & Konan, but after appearing at the Wireless Festival with them a couple years back, Cadet decided to go solo – remaining forever grateful to the famous duo for giving him a kick-start.
How did he die?
Cadet devastatingly died while travelling in a cab when it crashed in the early hours of February 9 while on his way to a gig.
The heartbreaking news was confirmed by his family in a statement.
It 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.”
A memorial is taking place on February 10 in London’s Hyde Park at 3pm.
Was Cadet related to Krept?
Yes he was – the pair were cousins.
Cadet and Krept were super tight, with Cadet even penning a track to his famous cousin titled Letter To Krept.
The track features the lyrics: “Yo, Dear Cuzzy Real talk I don’t even know how to start this I just know that I love you.”
After news broke of Cadet’s death, Krept wrote on Twitter that he was “absolutely broken.”
The late rapper always credited his cousin for giving him a start in the rap game, and said that he would always be grateful to him and Konan for showing him the ropes.
He added: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz. You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. Im so proud of you. My left lung. Im devestated and broken right now.”
Was Cadet on social media?
His Twitter account is still live – his handle is .
Cadet’s last post was about his single Advice featuring Deno.
It read: “We Turned A Car Freestyle Into Nearly 5 Million Views On YouTube, Millions Of Streams & A Billboard. Lil Bro @denodriz I’m So Proud Of You. Let’s Keep It Going.”
Cadet also had an Instagram account, however, that has now been set to private.
What other stars made tributes to Cadet?
Tributes have poured since the tragic news broke early this morning.
Rapper Giggs posted a picture of the artist on his Instagram and wrote: “Proper sad and shocked to hear this. Really sorry to Cadets family man,prayers and blessings to his family at this hard time. RIP CADET.”
Example wrote: “Was chatting to you only last week about how excited you were for some festivals this summer. So much positive energy. Smiling nonstop when I was with you, first time we met I felt as if I’d known you my whole life. Mad humble guy. RIP Cadet”.
Sharing a childhood photograph of the pair together, rapper Krept said: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I cant believe it. I am heartbroken. Rest in peace cuz.
“You finally started getting the recognition you deserved. Im so proud of you. My left lung. Im devestated and broken right now [sic]”.
DJ Semtex shared a video on Twitter and said: “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 [sic] on the best time to do an interview on his next single. Rip Cadet”.
Mega So Solid paid tribute, saying: “He brought life & substance to the uk music scene Cadet #RiP”
One fan wrote: “This sudden & unexpected news about Cadet is saddening…life is actually fleeting; Rest in Power Cadet, he was way too young.”
Entertainment group The Creatives wrote: “We’re in total shock! Rest in Paradise to UK Rap Superstar Callmecadet .
“Your musical abilities, your flows, concepts and acting levels are forever incredible. All our love & stength towards the Johnson family and his supporters.”
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The rising star, who found success on YouTube, was due to perform at Wireless Festival 2019.
Announcing his schedule, the festival said: “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.”
Wireless confirmed today that his slot will be kept on the schedule as a time to reflect on his memory.