“Hot Nigga” rapper arrested in NYC
Tuesday night (December 16) Epic Records artist Bobby Shmurda was arrested in a sting involving shootings and drug trafficking.
According to TMZ, an indictment is sealed and specific charges have not been disclosed as of yet but it’s part of a major long-term investigation by the NYPD. Bobby Shmurda was under surveillance by the NYPD, and was arrested outside of a recording studio as he sat in his car outside.
Bobby Shmurda was also arrested back in October for smoking a joint while double parked on a Brooklyn street and again in June for weapon possession.
UPDATE: More information on the Bobby Shmurda and GS9 arrests have been made available. Contrary to previous reports, Sha Money XL was not arrested with the Brooklyn crew. This is what Sha Money told Karen Civil in an exclusive statement:
“I was not arrested. They held me until they searched the studio then let me go. I signed these kids to give them a better way in life not to be dragged down by the media and gunned down by the 40 cops that raided the studio and pointed guns at me for working my job. You have no idea how this makes me feel or look when I’m one of the only few black men signing black artist from the streets and giving them a chance to do better in life.”
An indictment naming Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) reveals that he and 15 members of his GS9 crew were charged with a variety of crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault, and drug trafficking. Over 20 guns were seized, 10 of which were seized Monday. Police found a small amount of crack cocaine and 2 handguns in the vehicle Bobby Shmurda was driving.
Bobby Shmurda plead not guilty in court and is held on $2,000,000 bail.
NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper appeared in a New York City court on Thursday to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking.
Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $2 million bail at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.
The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song “Hot Boy.” He also put out a music video that popularized a dance craze called the “Shmoney dance,” and reportedly signed a lucrative record deal.
His attorney, Howard Greenberg, said his client had been falsely accused.
“Does it make sense that he would resort to committing crimes when he has the world in the palm of his hand?” the lawyer said outside court. “It’s ridiculous.”
Police arrested Pollard on conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession on Wednesday after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. Police found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a car in which he was riding, authorities said.
An indictment naming Pollard charges more than 15 defendants with a variety of crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. Police seized 21 guns during the investigation, 10 of them while making arrests on Wednesday.
The court papers allege that Pollard fired a gun toward a crowd of people outside a barber shop in Brooklyn earlier this year. They also say he was present last year during a confrontation between rival drug gangs outside a Brooklyn courthouse where shots were fired.
The evidence includes several recorded phone conversations, including some between Pollard and gang members serving time on Rikers Island, the indictment says. The gang used code words, referring to firearms as “tone” and “socks,” narcotics as “crills,” and shootings as “sun tan,” it says.
During a conversation on April 28, Pollard bragged, “I am two socks Bobby right now,” the indictment says.
A “Hot Boy” video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“My music is straight facts,” Pollard recently told New York Magazine. “There are a lot of gangsters in my ‘hood.”
Pollard’s criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said.
— Rap Dose (@RapDose) December 18, 2014
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— Rap Dose (@RapDose) December 18, 2014