Parkside Baby silenced: MoneySign Suede’s mysterious murder in California’s Soledad prison

MoneySign Suede, 22, fatally stabbed in Soledad prison; authorities investigate the homicide as fans mourn the loss of a rising rap talent.

The well-known American rapper of Mexican origin, MoneySign Suede, has died after being stabbed several times while in the shower at the California prison where he was serving his sentence, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing the artist’s lawyer as a source.

Officials from the Monterey County Coroner’s Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) confirmed Suede’s death at the Correctional Training Center in Soledad. However, they did not specify how the 22-year-old of Mexican origin died.

CDCR officials said Jaime Brugada Valdez, the rapper’s real name, was found unconscious on Tuesday night after corrections officials discovered he was not in his cell during the usual head count.

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Authorities said the author of tracks such as “Red on my mind” was found “with injuries consistent with homicide,” EFE reported.

“People are very surprised,” Valdez’s lawyer, Nicholas Rosenberg told the Angeleno newspaper. “He was a very popular guy, with very good manners. People loved him.”


CDCR officials confirmed that the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and the Monterey County district attorney’s office are investigating the event.

The Training Correctional Center, where the “Back to the Bag” author was housed, has more than 4,000 inmates, according to the CDCR.

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Who was MoneySign Suede?

According to Rosenberg, Valdez was serving a 32-month sentence for two weapons-related charges in Riverside County. The newspaper explained that he was also facing a similar offense committed in Los Angeles County, although he had already pleaded guilty and expected to receive a two-year sentence.

MoneySign Suede, born into a family of Mexican immigrants and raised in the Huntington Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, was considered a rising star of the rap scene, with tens of millions of listens on music platforms, especially for songs from his first album, Parkside Baby, which he released last September on the Atlantic label.