MoneySign Suede Has Died Aged 22

MoneySign Suede Dead: The rising Los Angeles rapper has died aged 22.
Credit: @moneysignsuede/Instagram

MoneySign Suede has died at the age of 22.

MoneySign Suede, whose real name was Jaime Brugada Valdez, was a rising rapper from Los Angeles.

He was best known for his song ‘Back to the Bag’, which had over seven million views on his official YouTube channel.

At the time of Valdez’s death, he had been serving a 32-month prison sentence.

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Valdez was incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California.

The ‘Whole Time’ rapper had been sentenced to prison on gun charges in Riverside County – and had more legal trouble approaching after being hit with another gun charge from Los Angeles County.

Prison officials have announced that they are investigating his death as a homicide.

According to TMZ, Valdez died as a result of a stabbing attack.

He was reported missing during a headcount on Tuesday night at around 9:55pm and was later found unresponsive in another part of the prison, where CPR was then attempted.

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Valdez was pronounced dead at 10:20pm.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has restricted the movement of prisoners since Valdez’s passing.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating the matter while the Monterey County Coroner works to determine the exact cause of Valdez’s death.

Valdez’s attorney, Nicholas Rosenberg, says in a statement to The Los Angeles Times that his client was allegedly stabbed in the neck while taking a shower.

According to a prisoner – who spoke to the outlet anonymously – the rapper was discovered in a part of the prison housing general population prisoners.

MoneySign Suede
Rapper MoneySign Suede has died at the age of 22. Credit: @moneysignsuede/Instagram

This is apparently unusual, as rappers are usually housed in the sensitive-needs yard reserved for prisoners with specific safety concerns or public profiles.

However, it remains unclear if Valdez’s profile was high enough to warrant such protection as he was still in the early stages of his career.

Despite his lengthy prison sentence, Valdez had already pleaded out on the charge and was expected to receive a two-year prison sentence, which he would likely serve concurrently with his earlier sentence.

He surrendered himself in December 2022.

Valdez had recently signed with Atlantic Records, boosting his career, and the label released his most recent album ‘Parkside Baby’ in September 2022.

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His fans have quickly taken to Instagram to pay tribute.

One writes: “Rest in Peace Suede. You were taken way too soon. Can’t believe this is real.”

Another adds: “Damn not my Parkside brotha! Real humble dude, always remained humbled.

“He always tried to help out smaller Latino businesses and we appreciate you for always rocking with us bro.

“May you rest in peace! Your music will last forever brodie.”

A third says: “I’m sick bro. Long live Suede.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.