YOUNG Thug’s words are used against him after he was named in a 56-count indictment.
The Grammy-winning rapper’s songs, including “Slime Sh*t,” “Original Slime Sh*t,” and “Anybody,” were cited in the indictment as examples of “overt acts,” reports CNN.
The lyrics “I’m ready to shoot ’em down”, “murder gang sh*t”, and “I never killed anyone but I have something to do with this body” were used as specific examples.
The use of the lyrics has sparked First Amendment debate, raising the question of whether the lyrics are protected.
The indictment charges Young Thug, rapper Gunna and 26 others with racketeering, including conspiracy to violate RICO law and involvement in criminal street gang activity.
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Death of Lil Keed, member of the YSL label
According to his brother’s social media posts, Atlanta rapper Lil Keed, a member of Young Thug’s YSL label, has died aged 24.
The rapper’s cause of death was not immediately known.
“Rooted outside our community”
At a press conference Tuesday, Fulton County District Attorney Dani Wallis said the criminal street gang committed 75 to 80 percent of violent crime in the Atlanta community.
“They need to be rooted out of our community,” Willis said.
“No matter how high profile you are, how famous you are, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and commit crimes, you’re going to become a target and a focus of the district attorney’s office.
Inhuman Dwelling, Part Three
The Cobb County Sheriff said Young Thug was being held in solitary confinement “for his own safety” and the overhead lights are left on so officers can regularly check on him.
Inhuman housing, continued
Steel also reported that the isolated cell had an overhead light that stayed on 24/7, preventing Young Thug from sleeping.
He was also reportedly not allowed any human contact.
Young Thug’s home slammed as ‘inhumane’
Young Thug’s attorneys filed an emergency motion for a bail hearing or “more humane/non-torturing custodial accommodation.”
The petition was filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court, WSB-TV reports.
Lawyer Brian Steel says his client is being held in total isolation in a windowless cement compartment with only a bed and a toilet.
Gunna also denied the link
Gunna was also denied bail, but Judge Wolf mentioned that his case was entirely different from Young Thug’s since he received a broader racketeering charge.
Judge Wolf said he would “absolutely consider … a connection” for the pair once more information became known.
Deposit refused, continued
Defense attorney Brian Steel told the court that Young Thug had strong ties to the Atlanta community and was cooperative throughout the process, so he posed no flight risk.
Steel also mentioned that his client had never been convicted of a crime and that the case opened against him four years ago was virtually dead.
Young Thug was denied bail at a hearing on Wednesday.
Fulton County Magistrate’s Court Judge Robert Wolf sided with the state’s attorney in denying bail, The Fader reports.
Wolf cited the rapper as a flight risk and added that he would pose a risk of committing additional crimes if released.
Why was Gunna charged in this case? continued
While the 28 defendants have been charged with conspiracy to rape RICO, the remaining Gunna and Thug defendants face additional charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, drugs and weapons .
The indictment also claims that Gunna wore chains that read “YSL” and “Slatt” in the video for her collaboration with Lil Keed “Fox 5.”
Prosecutors argued that her wardrobe in the video and the “we have ten hundred round helicopters” line amounted to “an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.”
Why was Gunna charged in this case?
On May 9, 2022, Young Thug was arrested in Atlanta.
Gunna is facing charges due to her affiliation with Young Thug’s group, Young Slime Life, aka “YSL”.
The indictment defines YSL as a “criminal street gang” founded in 2012 with an affiliation with the Bloods – a predominantly African-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California.
Who is Gunna?
Gunna is the stage name of American rapper Sergio Giavanni Kitchens.
He is signed to Young Thug’s YSL Records label, as well as 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records.
He first rose through the ranks after starring in Young Thug’s “Floyd Mayweather,” alongside Gucci Mane and Travis Scott.
Young Thug’s Possible Retirement, Sequel
The rapper said that while he might not be working on full projects until his 40s, he would still record songs if the right opportunities presented themselves.
“I’ll sell a song to Chanel when I’m 45 or 50,” he told Complex.
“I would rather start doing something different. It’s not even about anybody else, it’s just about me and my integrity and how I want to be looked at.
“I have other business and other things to do. I have children who will need more attention from me in 10 years.”
A young thug talked about his retirement
The rapper recently opened up about quitting music and retiring in favor of his six children.
Young Thug basically called rapping a young man’s game and said he planned to retire to take care of other business in a March 9 interview with Complex.
“Why would I be 45 or 50 years old trying to record albums?” said the young hoodlum.
“When I’m 50, I know that 80% of the world’s population is between 15 and 24 years old.”
What is Young Thug net worth?
Since the start of his career, Jeffrey Lamar Williams has come a long way from the Section 8 home he grew up in.
As of May 2022, the rapper had an estimated net worth of $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
This number comes from his successful career in the music industry.
Who is Young Thug?
Young Thug is an American rapper best known for the songs Go Crazy, Solid and Bubbly.
Young Thug’s real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams.
He was born in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thug was recently arrested on one count of attempted murder and one count of involvement in criminal street gang activity.
Young Thug’s father speaks out
The rapper’s father told the ABC Atlanta affiliate that his son was wrongfully accused.
Jeffrey Williams Sr said YSL is more of a business than a criminal gang, according to Channel 2.
“I’m going to fight for him until the end,” Williams said. “I am his father. That’s what I do.
“YSL is not a gang”
Metro Boomin went on to say that YSL is not a gang but rather a company that provides “countless jobs and opportunities” to the black community.
Metro Boomin shows its support
Music producer Metro Boomin showed his support for both rappers and all the artists involved.
He tweeted, “Using song lyrics to indict niggas is lame and a joke. It’s the same lyrics that made these companies billions over the last decade,” he wrote.
“I’m now waiting to see who’s going to step in and use those same resources now that the play has turned… Or are you just going to turn the other way and leave n***like how Interscope did Pac in 95??”
Previous arrests of Young Thug
Young Thug grew up surrounded by crime and violence.
During school, Young Thug was expelled after breaking his teacher’s arm and was placed in juvenile detention for four years.
It is alleged that his involvement in violence continued throughout his teenage years as he developed bad habits including gambling and drug use.
Indictment says Lil Wayne was a victim
Superstar rapper Lil Wayne was apparently a victim of YSL’s criminal activities, the 88-page indictment states.
Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter, was apparently shot by a member of YSL named Jimmy Winfrey.
Winfrey apparently shot Wayne’s tour bus in 2015, The New York Times reported.
Lil Wayne and Young Thug’s Beef Explained Part Three
Young Thug continued, “Then it went on and on. One time I dapped him, that’s how he dapped me. I’m like, ‘Look, bruh, I’m patting your hand again…I’m never gonna touch your hand again.'”
“Right next to that. Nigga, you’re tripping. I’m a gamer and I don’t care. Nigga, I ain’t… nothin’ about me no groupie, nothing at all. I’m just a real nigga. You inspired me.”
Lil Wayne and Young Thug’s Beef Sequel
Young Thug then announced that he would release Carter 6, causing Lil Wayne to slam the rapper.
Young Thug opened up about meeting Lil Wayne in 2020 while appearing on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast.
He said, “Dude this guy, day one this guy didn’t dap me. [He] tried me. He tried my pimp. I’m like… my feet hurt, I’m a real stepper. Don’t do this to me. Dude, this guy left my pimp hanging. I’m like, he probably had black [shades]the Chrome Hearts on.
Lil Wayne and Young Thug’s Beef Explained
When Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, and Young Thug, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, were signed to the same label, Vash Money, it seemed likely that a collaboration between the two artists could happen. .
Things seemed to go downhill in 2016 a few years after Lil Wayne released a few mixtapes under Carter.
Fans were looking forward to Carter V but were disappointed when the rapper confirmed he wouldn’t be coming out.
District Attorney Fani Willis said while she understands the songs are protected as free speech, she believes the lyrics are “overt and predicate acts” that support the charges.
“The First Amendment doesn’t protect people from prosecutors using it as evidence if they do,” she said.
Words used in the indictment
Investigators included quotes from lyrics in several of Williams’ music video appearances in the indictment.
In a 2018 music video, Young Thug says, “I never killed anyone but I had something to do with this body.”
He also raps, “I told ’em shoot a hundred shots.”
The lyrics are from his song titled Anybody.