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Aspiring Rapper Update

Posted on | July 16, 2021 | No Comments

Say hello to Jacquavius Dennard Smith, a/k/a “9lokkNine,” whose stage name is pronounced “Glock 9,” like the pistol, see? Regular readers may have noticed that “aspiring rapper” is a dangerous gig:

The Death of ‘Quono’
— Sept. 13, 2020

Rapper Killed by ‘Systemic Racism’ and
Semiautomatic Pistol Fire, But Mainly …

Nov. 6, 2020

Dallas Rapper ‘Mo3’ Dies of Structural
Oppression and Gunfire, But Mainly …

Nov. 11, 2020

Timothy ‘Lil Tim’ Leeks, 22, Charged
With Murdering Rapper King Von in Atlanta

Nov. 11, 2020

64 Shots: Londre ‘KTS Dre’ Sylvester
Gunned Down Outside Chicago Jail

July 12, 2021

There would appear to be a significant overlap between the rap entertainment industry and the criminal community, and while perhaps not every “aspiring rapper” is also a gang-banger, that’s the smart way to bet. Certainly 9lokkNine is an excellent role model for young thugs:

9lokkNine released his first mixtape, Kold Face Kold Case with nine tracks on January 2, 2018. He released his second mixtape, Bloodshells Revenge with 18 tracks on April 17, 2018. On May 8, 2018, 9lokkNine released a music video for his single “I Don’t Need No Help”. On July 23, 2018, he released his 17-track mixtape, Loyalty Kill Love. On August 3, 2018, he signed to Cash Money Records and Republic Records. According to a press release, the contract was worth $2 million.

TWO MILLION DOLLARS? You might expect that getting a $2 million recording contract at age 18 would be enough to induce even the most hardened outlaw to go legit. Alas, thug life is habit-forming, and 9lokkNine already had an extensive criminal record:

In September 2015, 9lokkNine, 15-years-old at the time, was arrested in connection to a shooting that left a 17-year-old hospitalized. Smith was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm and also had a violation of probation for trespassing. . . .
On October 3, 2018, 9lokkNine was arrested on multiple charges, including possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted delinquent, grand theft in the third degree, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Dope, guns, grand theft, attempted murder — these are reputation-enhancers for any aspiring rapper, and 9lokkNine was quite popular. His May 2020 video, “Why You LYING” got 20 million views on YouTube, where he had more than 350,000 subscribers to his channel.

You might think that such success would suffice to turn this young man away from criminality, but if so, you would be wrong:

Already facing racketeering and attempted murder charges in state court, Orlando rapper Jacquavius ‘9lokkNine’ Smith pleaded guilty to identity theft and weapons charges on Tuesday, records show.
Smith, 21, fraudulently applied for and received $10,000 in federal Paycheck Protection Program funds meant to help struggling businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, his plea agreement said.
He pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm, aggravated identity theft and felon in possession of a firearm.
According to records, Smith was in possession of a sawed-off semi-automatic rifle which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The rifle was stolen during a burglary in 2019, the plea agreement said. It was found in the garage of Smith’s grandparents’ home when the Orlando Police Department served a search warrant, the document said. Smith’s thumbprint was on the rifle magazine and his DNA was on the grip area, records said.
Because the barrel of the rifle was about nine inches instead of 16, it had to be registered, according to the plea agreement.
In the aggravated identity theft charge, Smith used the name, social security number and address belonging to a person identified in the plea agreement as “S.S.” to apply for the PPP loan and open a bank account in March, records said. A deposit arrived in the account for more than $10,000 on April 16, records said.
Smith shared an Instagram message to friends showing the loan application which was intercepted by a wiretap obtained by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the agreement said.
Smith also was caught with a weapon during an OCSO raid last month at a home on Hazenridge Way, south of Curry Ford and Dean roads. Smith was found in a bedroom where there was a duffle bag with a loaded firearm and several rounds inside. He also had 13 “auto sears” which allow semiautomatic firearms to become automatic, records said.
Smith, who has a felony record dating back to when he was 16, is prohibited from having firearms.
A judge is scheduled to sentence Smith on Oct. 6.
Authorities earlier this month announced racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) charges and conspiracy to commit racketeering charges against Smith and more than 20 other people in connection with an ongoing gang feud that has resulted in multiple shootings and homicides.
At the heart of the battle is rivalry between Smith, a key figure in the All Friends No Family gang, and fellow rapper Javarri “Hotboii” Walker, of the 438 gang, officials have said. Walker also is facing racketeering charges and was arrested Monday, jail records show.

Gosh, I wonder what’s causing the “mass incarceration” problem?




 

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