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Lil Durk nearly lost an eye when pyrotechnics exploded in his face while performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, July 30.

Cell phone video shows the Chicago drill rapper performing when pyrotechnics went off directly in his face.

The stunned rapper staggered backwards, as the DJ asked him if he was OK. After taking a few moments to compose himself, the gangsta rapper continued the show.

On Sunday, he shared a photo of himself on Instagram, with gauze covering his right eye. He said he was taking a break from performing while he recovers from his injuries.

Durk captioned the photo: "Due to the incident that happened at Lollapalooza in Chicago on stage, I'ma take a break & focus on my health. I finished my performance yesterday for my fans. Appreciate y'all."

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There was no statement from Lollapalooza organizers. But Lil Durk's fans on social media are convinced that the pyrotechnics was no freak accident.

Lil Durk is a reputed member of Chicago's OTF/Lamron set, a faction of the notorious Black Disciples street gang.

Lollapalooza is considered one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. The 4-day summer music festival is held annually at Grant Park.

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Instagram + Twitter blogger Free (@Gotcitytea) is dropping hot tea about a snitch rapper in Atlanta.

She wrote: "A rapper is helping the Atlanta police department take down everyone because he don't like how Atlanta has turned out. It was supposed to be a place for blacks to thrive."

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Good guesses right off the top would be Chicago drill rapper Lil Durk or Atlanta rap mogul T.I. "Tip" Harris. Everyone already suspects them of being snitches.

The snitch rapper has to be a family man who is unhappy with the direction the city is going in.

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Rapper Gucci Mane moved to Miami with his family just before the tidal wave of Chicago gangsters arrived in Atlanta.

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Rapper Future may not be your idea of a traditional family man, but he still has a gang of kids and he wants what's best for them.

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Rapper Jeezy recently welcomed a daughter with his wife Jeannie Mai. He wants his wife to be able to walk the streets safely.

Then there's rap mogul Ludacris who has four daughters to worry about.

It's hard to say who the snitch rapper is.

Here are Twitter's top guesses (in no particular order):

1. T.I.
2. Jeezy
3. Killer Mike
4. Ludacris
5. Big Boi
6. Offset
7. Gucci Mane
8. Future Hendrix
9. Lil Baby
10. Lil Durk

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Georgia's top prosecutor Fani Willis is set to announce charges against drill rapper Lil Durk soon.

According to MTO News, Durk's legal team is preparing for a possible criminal indictment against their client.

An insider told MTO News, "Durk's lawyers say that Georgia prosecutors have arrested people [associated with Durk's label] OTF and are offering them deals to flip on Durk."

The insider continued, "It's only a matter of time before someone [flips] and accepts a deal to implicate Durk."

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The insider continued: "They're trying to link Durk to a gang. He's not with a gang. OTF is a label not a gang."

That's the same argument Young Thug's attorneys made about his Young Slime Life (YSL) record label and his alleged Young Stoner Life (YSL) gang.

Rappers Young Thug and Gunna are currently being held in jail without bond until their trials in January 2023.

Street sources say Durk is the leader of the Only Trey Folks (OTF) gang, a branch of the Black Disciples gang in Chicago.

Durk, real name Derrick Banks, seems to know his time is running out. He deactivated his Instagram page over the weekend, but he reactivated it on Monday to earn some cash.

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The 29-year-old Chicago native posted a Marc Jacobs campaign photo on IG on Monday before locking his page down again.

The image shows him modeling clothing from Marc Jacobs' Monogram Fall 2021 Collection.

Durk wears the woven Italian denim oversized jeans (retail $495), a white monogram oversized hoodie ($395), and he accessorized with a monogram denim large tote handbag (retail $350).

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Rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again (left) was found not guilty Friday on a federal gun possession charge.

Police found a gun on the floorboard of his Mercedes Benz following a high-speed chase in Tarzana, California in March 2021.

His attorneys argued that YB didn't know the gun was in his car when he was pulled over and arrested on an outstanding warrant last year.

YB was on house arrest in Utah, but the 22-year-old rapper is now free to go on tour to support his 8 children.

Earlier this month drill rapper Lil Durk dissed NBA YoungBoy in his verse on Cardi B's new single "Hot Sh*t."

Lil Durk raps: "I know that Von hit her / She pulled up on my block in Jimmy Choo..."

Fans say the "Jimmy Choo" line is in reference to Durk's late pal King Von sleeping with YB's baby mama, Jania, then buying her a pair of Jimmy Choos to show his gratitude.

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King Von was shot and killed in Atlanta by an associate of YoungBoy's on Nov. 6, 2020 at age 26.

Lil Durk and YB have beefed for years. Durk routinely disses YoungBoy in his rap lyrics, but YB couldn't clap back because he was on house arrest.

However, YB was seen flexing his muscles in a new Instagram photo. Fans of the two rappers believe the image was a cryptic message to Lil Durk.

The day after YB was found not guilty, Lil Durk took to Instagram Live to say he was "deactivating" his Instagram page.


 
Fans believe Lil Durk is going ghost now that YoungBoy is back out on the streets.

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Best friends Lil Durk (left) and King Von (right) terrorized the streets of South Side Chicago until they were locked up for separate crimes in the early 2010s.

King Von, a Black Disciples gang member, had been in and out of jail since age 16.

Authorities believe Lil Durk's record label, Only the Family, is a front for OTF (Only Trey Folks), a faction of the Black Disciples gang in Chicago.

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Fulton County DA Fani Willis, who indicted YSL rappers Young Thug and Gunna on RICO racketeering and gang charges in May, says she will indict two more "high-profile rappers" on RICO charges in the next 2 months.

Sources say Willis also plans to go after record label executives for financing gang activity in her city.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has struck fear into the hearts of Atlanta area rappers and their fans.

As you know, Willis locked up rappers Young Thug and Gunna, as well as 26 of their associates on RICO racketeering and gang charges. She blamed the gang for 80% of violent crimes committed in Georgia.

Now Willis tells a Channel 2 Action News reporter to expect two more "high profile" RICO racketeering charges over the next 60 days.

Rap fans in Atlanta were mortified at the news that two more of their faves will soon be locked up with Young Thug and Gunna.

Some fans speculate that the unlucky rappers could be Gucci Mane, Lil Durk, or Lil Baby.

One Twitter user wrote: "I'm praying to god it's not Gucci and baby ... or even f*cking Dirk since he stay out there."

Another person tweeted: "Every rapper in Atlanta ain't getting no sleep for two months."

And a third Twitter person: "Damn she tryna tear Atlanta down."

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Lil Durk, a notorious gangster-turned-rapper from Chicago, is currently awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge in Atlanta.

According to sources, he has since moved again after becoming a target of a home invasion in 2021.

Several masked men broke into his home in Braselton and exchanged gunshots with his girlfriend India. No one was hurt.

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Chicago weekend shootings left over 80 people wounded and at least 21 dead since Friday, July 1. The wounded included a Chicago police officer and a close friend of drill rapper Lil Durk.

Chicago police responded to dozens of shootings over the weekend, according to Chicago Scanner.

A mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in a Chicago suburb left 6 people dead and 2 dozen more injured. A person of interest, an aspiring rapper, has been arrested in that case.

Police took the suspect into custody after a brief chase on Monday afternoon.

Other shooting victims include a man who was with drill rapper King Von on the night he was fatally shot outside a hookah bar in Atlanta in November 2020.

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According to Vlad TV, Bosstop was among 5 people shot in Parkway Garden Homes on the infamous O Block over the weekend. All 5 victims are listed in stable condition at area hospitals.

Like most gang bangers-turned-rappers, Bosstop moved away from Chicago, but he returned to attend the big 4th of July celebrations on O Block with his pal Lil Durk this weekend.

In other incidents, a 49-year-old police officer was ambushed and shot as he walked off an elevator while responding to a domestic violence call on Friday morning. He underwent surgery and was listed in "serious but stable" condition.

Jalen Vales, 27, of Chicago, was charged Saturday with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a police officer, police said.

His girlfriend, who called police to report the domestic violence incident, has filed six police reports against Vales since the couple began dating in March, prosecutors said.

In a shooting incident on June 20 viral video shows a man shot 16 times while sitting in a parked car with a child. The child ran away just as the shots rang out around 5:45 p.m. in the 400 block of East 111th Street in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. No suspect is in custody.

CAUTION: The video may be disturbing to some viewers.
 

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A new photo of NBA YoungBoy on house arrest in Utah has fans wondering if he's sending a cryptic message to drill rapper Lil Durk (right).

Lil Durk apparently disses YoungBoy in his verse on Cardi B's new single "Hot Sh*t."

Lil Durk raps: "I know that Von hit her / She pulled up on my block in Jimmy Choo..."

Rumors swirled that Lil Durk's pal King Von was killed in Atlanta because he shared photos of himself hanging out with one of YoungBoy's baby mamas, Jania Meshell.

You may recall YoungBoy body slammed Jania during a fit of rage in a Florida hotel in 2018. The 22-year-old father of 8 was arrested for this incident.
 

 
According to The Blast, King Von and Jania were intimate and he bought her a pair of Jimmy Choo's to show his gratitude.

Jania reportedly showed off her new shoes on social media.

Fans say that's the "Jimmy Choo" reference in Durk's lyric.

On Nov. 6, 2020 King Von was involved in a fistfight with YoungBoy's associate, aspiring rapper Quando Rondo, outside a hookah bar in downtown Atlanta.

During the fight, Von was shot and killed by aspiring rapper Lul Timm, who is out on bond while awaiting trial for Von's murder.

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Lil Durk (left), pictured with King Von (right), routinely disses YoungBoy in his rap lyrics.

YoungBoy can't respond because he's on house arrest and the feds are watching.

So he released this photo on social media that shows him flexing his muscles.

YoungBoy's fans are convinced he's sending a subliminal message to Lil Durk.

Listen to "Hot Sh*t" below.
 

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Cardi B's new single "Hot Sh*t" dropped with a thud last night. The track features contributions from Kanye West and Lil Durk.

Cardi fans are ecstatic that their fave finally dropped a single in 2022. It is her first solo single since "Up" in February 2021.

But they will have to wait a bit longer for a song to rival her breakout hit "Bodak Yellow" (2017).

On the track, produced by Tay Keith, Cardi, a mother-of-two, brags about catching bodies and sliding on her opps.

She raps in the chorus:

    Checks comin' fast, I'm like swoosh (Swoosh)
    Ooh (Ooh)
    Give 'em to me straight, hundred proof (Proof)
    I thought I killed you hoes before, it must be déjà vu
    It's either that or I'm catchin' body number two.

 
In a recent interview, Cardi struggled to explain why she comes off sounding so hard on this track. She said the song is old (originally recorded in 2019).

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"So the song is a boy," she said. "I think it's a little bit older than 'WAP.' I think I recorded this song around 2019, way before COVID and everything."

"It's something that I feel like y'all haven't heard from me before," she told HipHopDX.

"I feel like people is expecting a lot of sluttiness and blah blah blah. Y'all keep [saying] I keep making TikTok records and this is definitely not that. It's a fun great record. It's masculine [and] it's great for the clubs. It's great for the b*tches."

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Even Kanye couldn't save this waste of a good beat.

One music reviewer referred to Kanye's verse as "the equivalent of a wilting houseplant spritzed by a generous hand."

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As usual, Lil Durk, a former gang banger, tries too hard to be taken seriously as a rapper.

The fan reaction was mixed.


 
Cardi B ft. Kanye West & Lil Durk - Hot Sh*t

SR rated: 2/5 roses

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Cardi B shared a snippet of her new single "Hot Sh-t" in which she raps the line "Still might slide on a opp" — street slang for ambushing and killing a gang rival.

Everyone wants to be a drill rapper now.

"Hot Sh-t," featuring Kanye "YE" West and gang banger Lil Durk, is due to be released at midnight on Friday, July 1.

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Cardi B, pictured with husband Offset, shared a snippet of the song on her Instagram page on Wednesday. She hasn't released a single since February 2021.

"Hot Sh*t" contains a sample of 1990 dance hit "Electric Boogie" by Marcia Griffiths.

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In the video, Cardi eats a sumptuous breakfast on a balcony as the skyline glows in the morning sun behind her.

Cardi lip-syncs a verse of the single.

"I'm connected/ I don't know what's longer, my blocklist or my checklist/ I don't know what's longer, man, my blocklist or my checklist/ I don't know what's colder, man, my heart or my necklace/ Pretty when I wake up, I'm a bad bitch at breakfast/ Still might slide on a opp, it's electric."

Durk hyped up the single with a video on his Instagram. He captioned the video "song of the year face @iamcardib."

Your auntie will hold my rating until I hear the full track tomorrow.


 

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Cardi B is annoyed and frustrated that a music video won't accompany her new single "Hot Sh*t" featuring Kanye "YE" West and notorious gang banger Lil Durk.

The Grammy-winning rapper took to her Instagram Stories to announce her single will drop on Friday, but there won't be a music video due to "people not doing their f---ing job correctly."

"You know how I usually do the most with the promo? I just don't feel like doing too much this time around because I'm just exhausted with everybody. I'm so tired of people not doing their f**king job correctly, I'm so tired of people just doing things their way. I'm just over it, you know what I'm saying?"

Cardi added that she wanted to scrap the song altogether, but she ultimately chose to drop the single on Friday because she loves the song.

"I love the record, it's something that I feel like y'all haven't heard from me before," she said.

"Hot Sh*t" will be Cardi's first single since February 2021.

Kanye previously teased that he finished a verse for Cardi in January 2022.

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"I was finishing, I was finishing that verse for your girl, you know what I mean," he told Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked. "I always believed in her since she was on [Love & Hip-Hop], period."

As for Lil Durk, the drill rapper didn't say a word about his contribution to the track.

Sources say Kanye and Durk refused to commit to shooting a music video with Cardi for the single.

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Meanwhile, Durk made headlines over the weekend when he shoved a fan during a concert at a music festival in the Netherlands.

Durk noticed the fan held up a t-shirt with an image of NBA YoungBoy — a sign of disrespect to Durk's late childhood pal King Von.

King Von, another notorious Chicago gangster-turned-drill rapper, was killed outside a hookah bar in Atlanta in December.

In the viral video, Durk sends a bodyguard to summon the fan to the stage. He is seen speaking to the fan before shoving the fan into the crowd.

Durk, who has an open attempted murder case in Atlanta, travels with around-the-clock security who accompany him on stage when he performs.

Rumor has it that Durk pays a minimum of $250,000 per month for 24-hour security.

Watch the video below.
 

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Stephen Jackson has something to say to drill rappers who celebrate online when their opps are killed by gun violence.

Jackson, a former NBA star, reacted after viewing a video of Lil Durk dissing drill legend FBG Cash who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago on Friday morning.

"Boy, this new generation kill me dawg," said Jackson, before adding, "Y'all was raised by some busters."

Jackson called out Durk and his gang brethren who celebrate their dead opps in social media posts and videos.
 
Was FBG Cash killed for posing with King Von's mural?
 
"The sh*t y'all do today on Instagram... to go viral... is weak. And it says a lot about your character," Jackson said.

"Y'all ain't nothing but some suckers. All this talking about dead people online after they die, and all this stuff, man y'all suckers. Y'all ain't real, y'all call yourself gangstas, but the gangstas I know ain't nothing like y'all. Y'all a new breed of punks. Yeah, I said it..."

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FBG Cash, real name Tristan Hamilton, was killed after he apparently accepted a challenge by Durk to take a photo in front of King Von's mural on Chicago's infamous O Block.

FBG Cash discussed his beef with Lil Durk in a recent interview on the "No Jumper" podcast.

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FBG Cash said Durk sent him a text challenging him to take the infamous photo in front of King Von's mural.

"Go over there and do that and see what happen to you," FBG Cash quoted the text message from Durk as saying.

In the "No Jumper" interview, Cash said he didn't regret taking the photo and posting it on social media. "It was risky, but, like, it's the play I made... I posted it," Cash said.

Watch the video below.
 

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Rumors are swirling that Chicago rapper FBG Cash, 31, was shot and killed because he posed in front of a mural of fellow drill rapper King Von.

FBG Cash, real name Tristan Hamilton, was driving on Chicago's South Side at 5:32 a.m. Friday when a black Cadillac blocked his Hyundai SUV at the intersection of West 81st and S. Marshfield. Two men hopped out and opened fire.

FBG Cash tried to run, but he was gunned down in a hail of bullets. A 29-year-old woman who was with him was shot twice in the arm and is listed in stable condition. Cops counted 23 shell casings at the scene.

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Lil Durk (left) and King Von (right) were like brothers. Durk, 29, convinced King Von to move from Chicago to Atlanta and signed him to a record deal with his label. They were both arrested in connection with a shooting in Atlanta in June 2019, and were awaiting trial when King Von was fatally shot in Atlanta on Nov. 6, 2020 at age 26.

FBG Cash routinely dissed King Von and Durk's late brother, OTF DThang, in videos and songs.

FBG Cash discussed his beef with Lil Durk in a recent interview on the "No Jumper" podcast.

Cash said Durk sent him a text message challenging him to take the infamous photo in front of King Von's mural.

"Go over there and do that and see what happen to you," FBG Cash quoted the text message from Durk as saying.

"I'm outside right now," Cash replied in a text to Durk, meaning he was near King Von's mural.

In the "No Jumper" interview, Cash said he didn't regret taking the photo at the mural and posting it on social media. "It was risky, but, like, it's the play I made... I posted it," Cash said.

Rapper King Yella, who relocated from Chicago to Las Vegas, seemed to confirm the rumors that FBG Cash was killed over beef with a certain millionaire rapper.

In a new video, Yella urged gangsta rappers to "do better" and "stop beefing with ni**as with money."

"Ni**as got too much money man... I ain't got nothing else to say. Like, y'all understand what I'm saying. A couple dollars, man. That's all it take, man."

Watch the videos below.
 

 

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One of Lil Durk's baby mamas, Travonna, aired him out after he failed to show up in court for a child support hearing.

The Chicago gang banger-turned-rapper claims seven children by 6 women. But Travonna insists he also fathered her 8-year-old son, who would be Durk's 8th child.

Travonna doesn't hide her disdain for Durk on social media. She regularly drags the drill rapper for not being there for his son.

Travonna took to Instagram after Durk was a no-show in court this week. She said he lives for "entertainment" and "validation" from his fans on social media.

She wrote:

"Court was today and he didn't show up now he has a point to prove he lives for the world's entertainment instead of living reality he left Romeo out because he had to feed his ego and get validation from his fans trust me God gon handle this and I won't stop this is foul play and durk knows it @lildurk come to court so we can get this over with bro [sic]."

Unlike Durk's other baby mamas, Travonna didn't take him to court to prove paternity until after he became a star.

The Black community is flooded with fatherless sons. Durk admits he's not doing his part for the 7 kids he publicly claims.

He said:

"I take care of my kids but don't spend time with them not sh*t else or blame everybody around me ima great father Ima step it up and lock in and become the voice 100% [heart emoji] love ya'll

Big sky
Baby sky
Bella
Willow

Doom
Angelo
Zayden [sic]."

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Lil Durk proposed to his longtime girlfriend India Royale during a concert in his hometown of Chicago.

The gangster-turned-rapper got down on one knee last Saturday and popped the question to his baby mama during WGCI's Big Jam concert at Chicago's United Center. The 29-year-old rapper began dating India in 2017.

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Durk proposed to India after she saved his life by exchanging gunfire with home invaders at their Braselton, Ga. mansion in July. No one was injured during the shooting.
 
READ ALSO: Lil Durk's Fiancée India Royale in Shootout with Home Invaders
 
"I love you to death," Durk told her. "You've been holding me down when I was going through a lot. You've been the realest to me. Do you wanna be my wife?"

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The 26-year-old Instagram influencer quickly said yes. In addition to their toddler daughter, Willow Banks, India has a daughter named Skylar from a previous relationship. She is also stepmother to Durk's 6 other children by 5 women, including the notorious OTF Nikki.

The auto-tune rapper is founder of Chicago gang OTF (Only the Family). He moved to the Atlanta area to escape the violence in Chicago.

Watch video of the proposal below.
 

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Rapper Lil Durk's artist Marcus "Muwop" Smart (top left) is among 5 men arrested in the shooting death of Chicago rapper FBG Duck.

FBG Duck, real name Carlton Weekly, 26, was gunned down last year in Chicago's upscale Gold Coast shopping district.

The U.S. District Attorney's office said the FBI used social media to break the murder case. The co-defendants constantly bragged about FBG Duck's death on social media.

Marcus "Muwop" Smart and Tacarlos "Los" Offerd (bottom left) are among five gang members named in a federal indictment. All five are in federal custody and are not expected to be released before their trials.

A sixth suspect killed himself in August 2021 -- a year after FBG Duck's death.

In the indictment, Tacarlos "Los" Offerd, 22, reportedly purchased a vehicle used as a "lead car" one week before the August 4, 2020 shooting.

After the shooting, Offerd returned the vehicle to the car dealership after he was accused of falsifying his car loan application.

The vehicle was caught on police surveillance cameras and license plate readers the day of the shooting.

Smart, 22, is the best known of the five defendants. He was with Chicago rapper King Von when he was shot and killed by aspiring rapper Lul Timm outside a hookah bar in downtown Atlanta last year.

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King Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, was fighting with aspiring rapper Quando Rondo when he was shot.
 

Smart is seen in surveillance video (in white t-shirt) punching Rondo, then assisting the mortally wounded King Von to a car.

After King Von's death, rapper Lil Durk signed Smart to his independent label in Atlanta.

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In a message to a fan on Twitter, Smart said he's keeping his head held high and that he'll "be home soon."

However, his release from federal custody is not likely to happen soon.