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Return of the Aspiring Rapper Update

Posted on | July 24, 2021 | Comments Off on Return of the Aspiring Rapper Update

A few headlines from recent months:

Aspiring rapper fatally shot by 2 men
on moped in Washington Heights:
law enforcement source

WPIX-TV, Sept. 4, 2020

Aspiring rapper found dead
in trunk of longtime friend

— WJAX-TV, Oct. 27, 2020

San Antonio murder suspect is
aspiring rapper also charged
in deadly Austin shooting

KSAT-TV, Jan. 28, 2021

Aspiring rapper pleads guilty
to stealing $4M from his job
to fund music career

Rollingout, Feb. 5, 2021

Manager for aspiring rapper
speaks about Cobb County
triple homicide, felony charges

— WAGA-TIV, July 12, 2021

Accused Times Square shooter
is aspiring rapper out on bail
for weapons charges

New York Post, July 16, 2021

Former St. Johns running back,
aspiring rapper dead after
Johns Island shooting

WCIV-TV, July 22, 2021

Last weekend, we brought you the stories of such aspiring rappers as Jacquavius Dennard Smith, a/k/a “9lokkNine,” of Orlando, Zerail Dijon Rivera, a/k/a “Indian Red Boy,” of Los Angeles, and the Jacksonville war between rival rap gangs led by Kenyatta “Yungeen Ace” Bullard and Charles “Foolio” Jones. Remember the Urban Dictionary definition:

Aspiring Rapper
North American euphemism for a member of the urban criminal class. This unusual occupation is usually mentioned in conjunction with the subject either being slain or being taken into custody for a violent or property-related crime. A relative of the subject usually points out that the subject’s demise or incarceration comes at an extremely inopportune moment, occurring just as the subject was “turning they(sic) life around.”

Aspiring rappers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have been busy lately:

In the latest chapter of Baton Rouge rap drama, two local rappers were arrested this week in Miami after federal agents searched a south Florida house belonging to Fredo Bang and arrested his associate Lit Yoshi, who was already out on $1.82 million bond and now faces additional charges stemming from yet another gang shooting.
The raid came after investigators linked Lit Yoshi, whose real name is Mieyoshi Edwards, to an April 2020 shooting in Slidell — and several months after a Baton Rouge judge told him to stop treating his house arrest as a “paid vacation” in south Florida.
Edwards, 22, already faced seven counts of attempted first-degree murder in Baton Rouge. His existing charges stemmed from two shootings that detectives attributed to a simmering feud between rival Baton Rouge record labels. Edwards relocated to Florida after posting bond last August, a move the judge called prudent for his safety.
He was living in Miami with Fredo Bang, whose real name is Fredrick Givens. Both young men have established themselves as relatively successful rappers and are members of the Top Boy Gorilla gang, which goes by TBG.
Givens was on parole after pleading guilty to illegal use of weapons and simple criminal damage to property following a 2015 shooting outside a Baton Rouge apartment complex. He was arrested Thursday on a parole violation after police and federal agents found guns inside his house and a stolen car outside, his attorney confirmed.
Law enforcement officials had previously announced they were investigating Givens and Edwards in connection with a May 2019 shooting in Miami targeting NBA YoungBoy, founder of a rival rap gang. Neither has been charged in that case, though a judge ruled in February that evidence from the Miami incident and the Slidell shooting could be used against Edwards in his ongoing attempted murder case.

Seven counts of attempted murder, out on bond and hanging around Miami with a paroled felon — a career goal to which all rappers aspire.




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