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Aspiring Rapper Updates

Posted on | July 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Aspiring Rapper Updates

Mario Austin, a/k/a “King Lil Jay”

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.”

It’s been a while since we updated our readers on the leisure life of the hiphop community, who have been keeping law enforcement busy. We begin in Chicago, where 29-year-old Mario Austin, a/k/a King Lil Jay, has been arrested on weapons charges. King Lil Jay just got out of prison on parole in April after serving seven years on a murder conspiracy charge connected to the 2015 death of his associate Filmon Rezene in a shootout with a drug dealer. One of King Lil Jay’s fans said the rapper “didn’t deserve” to be arrested as a felon in possession of a firearm, arguing that in “Chiraq” (as they call Chicago, where the casualty rate is like the Iraq War), King Lil Jay had a lot of “opps on the street” (enemies) and therefore was “staying strapped” (armed) “out of necessity of safety.”

Tione Jayden Merritt, a/k/a Lil Tjay

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Tione Jayden Merritt a/k/a Lil Tjay is recovering after being shot multiple times when “gunfire erupted at a Chipotle restaurant at a residential and outdoor shopping center in Edgewater” June 22. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I go to Chipotle for a bowl of barbacoa, rice and beans, I don’t expect to be dodging gunfire, so what’s the deal in Edgewater, N.J.? It’s right across the Hudson River from Harlem, and this proximity may explain why Lil Tjay was the target of a “botched robbery” for which police in Bergen County arrested Mohamed Konate, 27, of New York City. Police also arrested “Jeffrey Valdez, 24, and Antoine Boyd, 22, both of the Bronx, who were with the rapper and allegedly armed”allegedly! Man, you take your Bronx crew down to Chipotle in New Jersey for some barbacoa and beans, and they can’t even protect you from a robber, even though they’re “allegedly” armed? Don’t know about you, but if my security crew was so incompetent, I ain’t gonna pay extra for their guacamole.

Ethan Reyes, a/k/a Notti Osama

Meanwhile, in New York, a sad ending for a promising young performer, as 14-year-old Ethan Reyes, a/k/a Notti Osama, got stabbed to death “during a scuffle with a 15-year-old rival” July 9 at a West Harlem subway station. The 15-year-old suspect “had an ongoing feud” with Notti Osama, sources told the New York Post, but “it wasn’t immediately clear what it was about. Reyes initially pushed the other boy on the [subway] tracks, sources said. He was then stabbed and tried to run but collapsed on the subway station’s steps, according to police sources.” Obviously, this highlights the need for common-sense knife reform laws.




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