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Aspiring Rapper Update: Mom Shocked by the Unexpected Death of ‘Lil Theze’

Say hello to Desoni “Lil Theze” Gardner, 20, and while you’re at it, you can also say good-bye, because Lil Theze was shot to death last month at a gas station in Oakland, California. According to Vibe magazine: Lil Theze was affiliated with Vallejo rap group, SOB x RBE, a group featured on the Black […]

Aspiring Rapper Update: The Promising Criminal Career of ‘JayDaYoungan’

Say hello to Javorius Tykies Scott, 23, a/k/a “JayDaYoungan,” a rapper who has more felony charges than hit records: Popular Louisiana rapper JayDaYoungan was arrested by federal agents Thursday, hours after posting bond in Washington Parish, where he was jailed for five days on counts of drug and weapon possession. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, […]

Aspiring Rapper Update

Readers may have forgotten Timothy Nathaniel Leeks, but last November, the 22-year-old was arrested in the fatal shooting of rapper Dayvon Bennett, a/k/a “King Von,” outside an Atlanta hookah bar. It’s been two months since our last Aspiring Rapper Update, and I know that many of our readership may have been disappointed in the dearth […]

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, […]

Yet Another Aspiring Rapper Update

Say hello to Abdul Kareem Robinson, Jr., who is now in police custody, but who nearly died in 2015, when he was targeted in a shooting the Grand Park neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. News accounts noted that Robinson is “one of the sons of Abdul Karim Robinson, 44, who was among the city’s most notorious […]

Another Aspiring Rapper Update

Say hello to Zerail Dijon Rivera, a/k/a “Indian Red Boy.” You can also say good-bye to him while you’re at it, because the screenshot above depicts the moment when Indian Red Boy, who was doing an Instagram Live chat with a fellow rapper, looked up to see the gunman who killed him: A young Los […]

Aspiring Rapper Update

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 […]