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A barrel chest refers to a naturally large ribcage, large lung capacity, a round torso, a sunken abdomen, and great upper body strength. The term refers to men with chests shaped like a barrel.

Barrel chests can occur in adults and children. The condition is most often observed in men.

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Men with barrel chests typically have a medical condition that causes distention of the upper torso and ribcage.
 

Causes of Barrel Chest

A barrel chest can indicate an underlying medical problem, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, or smoker's cough.

Lung disorders cause the lungs to over-inflate with air as they work harder. This causes the ribcage to expand when a man exhales.

When the rib cage remains expanded it can cause breathing problems and shortness of breath because air is trapped in the lungs and can't be fully expelled.

A barrel chest is a cause for concern if it is due to a chronic lung condition.
 

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing (dry or productive)
  • Gasping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Air hunger
  • Inability to take a deep breath
  • Sore chest/ribs
  • Back pain
  • Low oxygen levels
  • High C02 levels
  • Difficulty walking or exercising
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Posture changes

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for barrel chest. Doctors treat the underlying medical condition that causes it. In some cases, treating the underlying medical condition will improve the appearance of a barrel chest.

This has been your Medical Minute.

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A witness in the Young Thug RICO case is being threatened for cooperating with the DA's office, says Fulton County DA Fani Willis.

Young Thug, rapper Gunna, and 26 other YSL associates were arrested in May and are currently in jail awaiting trial on RICO racketeering and gang charges.

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District Attorney Fani Willis and Young Thug's attorney Brian Steel both expressed concern to WSB-TV that the identity of a cooperating witness who is also a YSL affiliate has been exposed on the internet.

Willis and Steel say the witness is being threatened online after someone posted information contained in legal documents called "discovery."

"YSL enthusiasts and/or actual gang members are threatening someone they believe is cooperating with the State," Willis told WSB-TV. "And not only that person, but their very small children."

"This is putting people at risk and it's poisoning the jury pool," Steel told WSB-TV. "Please stop immediately. Whomever is placing items of discovery online is not doing anybody a favor. It is totally inappropriate to try this case in social media. This will be tried fairly and justly in Fulton County Superior Court."

The news comes after rapper Gunna told his fans he will be home soon.

Gunna, 29, took to Instagram on Sunday to celebrate his third studio album DS4Ever going platinum in the US.

Gunna wrote: "thankful to have the highest selling hip hop album this year. Miss you all ; love you and I'll be home soon - Gunna."

A judge twice denied Gunna's bond requests. His attorney has filed a third request for a bond.

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Kim Kardashian has given rapper Gunna renewed hope in his efforts to secure his release from the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.

According to Billboard, Gunna's attorneys filed a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday in a last ditch effort to get him out of jail.

Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens, was twice denied bond at previous hearings.

He was arrested in May, alongside rapper Young Thug and 26 associates, on RICO gang charges. Fulton County DA Fani Willis accused the gang members of committing 80% of murders and violent crimes in Atlanta.

But Gunna's attorneys insist he is not a gang member or a killer.

Reality TV star and aspiring lawyer Kim Kardashian is now calling for Gunna's release on social media.

"#FreeGunna [Free emoji]," she tweeted, while posting a screenshot of her tweet on her Instagram Story.

Kim has advocated for criminal justice reform, and has secured the release of nonviolent drug offenders from prisons.

So far, Kim has had no luck assisting former No Limit rapper C-Murder, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas in 2009.

C-Murder is the boyfriend of Kim's pal, R&B singer Monica.

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Police have arrested gang members who targeted the homes of rich and athletes around the metro Atlanta area.

Four gang members were arrested Sunday after attempting a burglary at a townhouse where one of rapper Future's baby mamas lives with her child.

One suspect was hospitalized after he tried to bail out of a moving car while fleeing, police say.

The four gang members may be linked to a series of violent home invasions targeting rich celebrities across metro Atlanta, WSBTV reported.

One of those celebrities is Marlo Hampton, longtime cast member of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta reality TV series.

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Gang members kicked in the front door of Hampton's Sandy Springs home on July 1.

"When I heard the boom, when I heard my nephew scream — and I knew that scream was a scream of fear -- my heart dropped," Hampton told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne.

Hampton said she armed her security system before the gang kicked in her front door. Sandy Springs police arrived within minutes of her 911 call, but the gang had already fled.

"I just thank God and we're covered in the blood of Jesus and I'm here to share this story with you," Hampton told Winne.

Hampton gave a word of warning to other celebrities who show off their luxury lifestyles on social media.

"My main concern is, I want all the ladies ... I want everyone to be aware if you are posting, if you do have luxury items, be careful," she said.

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Authorities suspect the gang members may have also targeted the DeKalb County home of rapper Gunna, who is in jail awaiting trial on a RICO gang charge.

Investigators told Winne that the gang targets the homes of high-profile celebrities, professional athletes or social media influencers who post their lifestyles on the Internet.

Sandy Springs police are asking the public's help finding Jeremy Caldwell, a.k.a. J-Roc, an alleged gang ringleader wanted for 33 charges, including Sandy Springs home invasions.

"He's got a red falcon on the side of his right eye," said Sgt. Matt McGinnis with the Sandy Springs Police Department.

McGinnis advised the public not to approach Caldwell.

"They need to contact 911 immediately. He is considered armed and dangerous," McGinnis told Winne.

Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $12,000 for information leading to the arrest of Caldwell.

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A new video has surfaced online showing jailed rapper Gunna smiling while talking to his godson during a video call.

The rapper is seen smiling in the video while his toddler godson laughs at his image on the monitor.

Gunna was arrested in May on RICO racketeering and gang charges. He was denied bond twice and is in jail awaiting trial.

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Fans were shocked by a recent jailhouse photo that shows his dramatic weight loss.

However, Gunna looks well-nourished and happy in the newly surfaced video.

According to reports, Gunna lost weight after suffering apparent drug withdrawals from a chronic addiction to lean and cocaine.

Rapper Young Thug and 26 others associated with his Young Slime Life record label were also charged in May. All were ordered held without bond.

Fulton County DA Fani Willis said YSL Records is a front for the Young Stoner Life street gang, responsible for 80% of Atlanta's violent crimes dating back to 2012.

Gunna's trial is set for January 9, 2023.

Watch the video below.

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Rapper Kodak Black was released from a South Florida jail after posting bond on Saturday afternoon. The 25-year-old rapper was arrested Friday on drug charges.

According to reports, state troopers pulled over Kodak's bulletproof Dodge Durango in Ft. Lauderdale for an expired tag and illegal window tint on Friday.

Officers smelled marijuana when Black opened the car window. A search of the vehicle turned up 31 oxycodone pills and $74,960 in cash, according to the NY Post.

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The Pompano Beach, Florida native was seen leaving the Broward County Jail with his bowlegged bodyguard on Saturday afternoon. The pair were trailed by two videographers.

Black's attorney Bradford Cohen tweeted that his client would be vindicated in court.

"Never Judge (sic) a case based on an arrest," Cohen tweeted on Saturday morning.

"There are always additional facts and circumstances that give rise to a defense, especially in this case. We will get him a bond today and move forward with resolving the matter quickly."

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Kodak was one of three people shot at The Nice Guy lounge in west Hollywood in February. He is pictured with rapper Gunna moments before the shooting. Black fled the scene, but he called police a short while later to say he had been shot.

Gunna is currently in an Atlanta jail awaiting trial on a RICO racketeering charge.

Kodak, born Dieuson Octave, has a lengthy criminal history that includes multiple arrests on drug possession and weapons charges.

He was sentenced to four years in prison for weapons possession in 2019. His sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump in 2021.

Last month, Black said happy birthday to Trump while wearing a $10,000 gold pendant that depicted the former president wearing a MAGA hat and smoking a blunt.

"Happy Z Day #DT I Love You N***a," he captioned an Instagram post.

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On April 28, 2021, Kodak accepted a plea deal in a rape case involving a teenage girl in 2016. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree assault and battery, and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

In addition to "Super Gremlin," Kodak is best known for his single "Zeze" (featuring Travis Scott and Offset), which peaked at number 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
 

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Fans of rapper Gunna are shocked by a recent jailhouse photo that shows his dramatic weight loss.

According to reports, Gunna lost weight after suffering apparent drug withdrawals from a chronic addiction to lean and cocaine.

Gunna's locs hair extensions were cut off because extensions can be used as weapons or to commit suicide in jail.

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The rapper (right) was arrested in May, along with pal Young Thug (left), on state RICO gang charges.

Gunna is also under investigation for at least two homicides, WSB-TV reports.

"He is a member of the Shady Park Crips out of South Fulton," prosecutors said in court Thursday, where he was denied bond a second time.

"He is under an investigation at this point in time by more than one law enforcement agency concerning at least two homicides committed by that gang during this time."

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Fulton County Jail officials believe Gunna was supplied with codeine cough syrup, cocaine and weed by a contract nurse who was recently arrested after she fled the state.

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According to WSB-TV, 24-year-old TreQuera Lashell Ford was arrested in Mississippi last month and accused of smuggling cocaine and weed into the Fulton County Jail for the rapper.

Ford was extradited back to Atlanta where she faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, crossing guard lines with prohibited items, possession of cocaine, and other counts.

Officials said the drugs were intended for Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens.

Ford caught the attention of a jail captain when she showed up to work smelling of marijuana aroma on May 14.

She told the captain she smoked marijuana in her car before coming to work. She then panicked and fled the jail, leaving behind a bag containing cocaine, marijuana, cigarettes and other contraband, according to WSB-TV.

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Atlanta rapper Gunna received more bad news during a virtual court appearance in Fulton County, Georgia on Thursday.

Gunna was indicted on RICO gang charges along with rapper Young Thug and 26 others in May. A magistrate judge denied Gunna's request for a bond and handed the decision to a superior court judge. That judge denied Gunna's bond again on Thursday.

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Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, turned himself in on May 11. He is housed at the Fulton County Jail, while Young Thug was transferred to the notorious Cobb County Detention Center near Atlanta on May 13.

A prosecutor called Gunna a "commander" of the Young Slime Life (YSL) street gang with the power to order hits on people.

According to WSB-TV's Michael Seiden, Gunna offered to pay a $750,000 cash secured bond, forfeit three properties, put up his parents' homes for bond, and allow prosecutors to record all of his phone calls.

But the judge denied all of the proposed terms.

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In a typed letter released on his social media accounts in June, Gunna said he was an innocent man.

"I don't have my freedom. But I am innocent," he wrote in the 2-page letter posted on his Instagram page on June 14.

He said, "the picture being painted of me is ugly and untrue," and he stated that he has "faith that God will grant me justice for the purity in my heart and the innocence of my actions.

He also addressed Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis using his rap lyrics against him in the RICO case:

"As a Black man in America, it seems as though my art is only acceptable when I'm a source of entertainment for the masses. My art is not allowed to stand alone as entertainment, I'm not allowed that freedom as a Black man in America."

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Rapper Gunna dropped his self-directed music video for his single "Banking On Me" off his third studio album, DS4Ever (Drip Season 4Ever).

The video's opening scene shows him with a beautiful Nubian woman in his Mercedes Benz outside a modest home in Houston.

He explains why she should give him time to miss her.

"I don't wanna get tired of you," he tells her.

"I love when I go out of town 'cause it give us a little time to come back to you. I be missing you... That's just how it go."

In the next scene he runs bath water for an exotic chick in a high-rise condo in New York City.

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In other cities, he takes various LSLH women on shopping sprees for cars, jewelry, and high end bags, while paying the mortgage on their luxury homes.

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At the end of the video, he returns to the Black woman. He is seen embracing her outside the starter home in Houston.

The video's message is clear. Men bank on themselves, not you.
 
Gunna - Banking On Me

SR rating: 2.5/5 roses
 

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YSL rapper Gunna released a lengthy letter from Atlanta's Fulton County Jail on his 29th birthday on Tuesday.

The College Park, Georgia native was arrested in May, along with his pal Young Thug and 26 others, on charges of violating Georgia's RICO racketeering laws.
 
RELATED: Gunna Denied Bond, Prosecutor Called Him YSL 'Commander'
 
Gunna's music brought him riches beyond his wildest dreams. As he flew around the world on private jets, he never imagined that he would one day compose a letter to his fans from a windowless cell at the Fulton County Jail.

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"I don't have my freedom. But I am innocent," he wrote in the 2-page letter posted on his Instagram page on June 14.

He captioned the post:

"22 & 2, just a bed & a shower, no windows just walls. Can't see or talk to anyone. I'm writing now & still praying everyday. I was raised to fight fire with water, even tho my country's amendments have failed me! PROTECT BLACK ART!"

Gunna wrote that he was raised watching Black men, women and children "constantly attacked, hated, murdered, berated, belittled, silenced, judged, used, and held captive."

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He said, "the picture being painted of me is ugly and untrue," and he stated that he has "faith that God will grant me justice for the purity in my heart and the innocence of my actions.

He also addressed the Fulton County D.A. using his rap lyrics against him in the RICO case, writing:

"As a Black man in America, it seems as though my art is only acceptable when I'm a source of entertainment for the masses. My art is not allowed to stand alone as entertainment, I'm not allowed that freedom as a Black man in America."

Future, Young Thug at 'Breakfast With 5AM' at SL Lounge in Atlanta

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Rapper Young Thug, who is currently sitting in the Cobb County Detention Center near Atlanta, sent a message from jail via pr-recorded audio to his fans at Hot 97's Summer Jam on June 12.

"I just want to say thank you to all my friends and my family for coming out and supporting us," he said.

Young Thug, 31, asked his fans to sign a petition prohibiting the use of his lyrics in his RICO case.

"You know, this isn't about just me or YSL. I always use my music as a form of artistic expression, and I see now that Black artists and rappers don't have that freedom. Everybody please sign the Protect Black Art petition and keep praying for us. I love you all."

A judge denied both Thug and Gunna's bond requests and they will remain in jail until their trials in January 2023.

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Kevin Liles has launched a petition to stop prosecutor Fani Willis from using rap lyrics in criminal trials.

The Fulton County District Attorney charged rappers Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right) in a sweeping 88-page RICO racketeering indictment.

Willis cited violent lyrics by both rappers in the 55-count indictment.

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Both Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right) are sitting in Atlanta area jails awaiting their trials in January 2023.

Liles, co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment, spoke on Young Thug's behalf in a recent bond hearing in Atlanta.

Liles wiped away tears as he told Superior Court Judge Ural D. Glanville that he viewed Young Thug as a son and more than an artist or business partner.

He promised to put up $1 million of his own money to pay off-duty police officers to monitor Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, on house arrest.

"I'm kind of emotional because of how good this guy is," Liles said as he wiped away tears. "I'm willing to back him personally and professionally... This whole thing that people are talking about, it's not him. The Jeffery I know, he'll give me the clothes off his back. The Jeffery I know, I can give him my kids and he'll give me his kids."

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Liles (right) with Young Thug (center) and rapper Busta Rhymes (left), told the judge that rap lyrics were on trial.

"Our music, we've been on trial," he said, "and we're constantly on trial about who we are, what we are, and why we're — ain't nobody gave us nothing. So we sit here on trial and we talk about lyrics — lyrics? I don't understand... But I'm gonna be here and I'm gonna keep fighting, because I believe in self-expression and I believe that we should protect Black art."

But, despite Liles' passionate plea, Judge Glanville denied bond for the YSL rapper.

Judge Glanville cited Young Thug's violent rap lyrics in his decision to keep him in jail until his trial next year.

This week, Liles announced that he, along with Atlantic Records' COO Julie Greenwald, have launched a petition to stop the use of rap lyrics in criminal trials.

The petition, which is titled "Rap Music on Trial: Protect Black Art," aims to stop prosecutors from using lyrics as evidence of criminal activity.

"Weaponizing creative expression against artists is obviously wrong. But what gets us so upset is what's happening to Young Thug, Gunna, and YSL is just the most high-profile case," the joint statement read.

Last month the New York State Senate passed the "Rap Music On Trial" bill which prevents song lyrics from being used to convict rappers in criminal cases.

The New York bill was supported by rappers such as Jay Z and Fat Joe who signed their names on a letter endorsing the legislation.

Watch the video below.
 

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An Atlanta judge denied bond for rapper Gunna during a bond hearing on Monday, May 23.

Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens, will remain jailed until his trial in January 2023. The rapper pleaded not guilty at the hearing. This is the second time he has been denied bond since his arrest on May 13.

A prosecutor called Gunna a "commander" of the Young Slime Life (YSL) street gang with the ability to order hits on people.

Prosecutors also filed to have Gunna's attorney, Brian Steel, removed, citing conflict of interest, because he represents others charged in the case.

According to WSB-TV's Michael Seiden, Gunna's attorney proposed the following terms of bond:

  • House arrest with electronic monitoring

  • $750,000 cash secured bond
  • Forfeiture of three properties
  • Gunna's parents put up their homes to secure bond
  • Allow prosecutors to record all phone calls

 
The judge denied all of the proposed terms.

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Young Thug (left) and Gunna are among 28 people arrested and charged with racketeering and gang activity in Atlanta.

Prosecutors accused Thug of being the ringleader of a violent street gang responsible for over 50 murders across Atlanta.

Thug, born Jeffery Williams, was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, but his bond hearing was pushed to June. His bond request was also denied.

Prosecutors transferred Young Thug from the Fulton County Jail to Georgia's notorious Cobb County Jail, where three inmates allegedly died in the past month.




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A trial date has been set for a jury to hear the state's RICO racketeering case against rappers Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right).

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, is expected to appear in court today (May 23) where he will plead not guilty, according to CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL News.

YSL artist Gunna turned himself in on May 13. He is charged with one count of racketeering. Gunna was booked into the Fulton County Jail.

Their trial date is set for January 9, 2023.

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Thug was arrested on May 9 following a raid on his $2.2 million Buckhead mansion. He is charged with conspiracy to violate the state's Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations ACT (RICO) and gang activity.

Fulton County DA Fani Willis told WSB TV that Thug's Young Slime Life or Young Stoner Life (YSL) street gang are responsible for more than 50 murders and incidents of gun violence across Atlanta dating back to 2012.

Thug is currently sitting in Georgia's notorious Cobb County Jail, where three inmates allegedly died in the past month.




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A rumor is spreading on social media that a jail nurse smuggled drugs to incarcerated rappers Young Thug or Gunna. It isn't clear which rapper received the drugs.

But Gunna is reportedly suffering from drug withdrawals after admitting his addiction to lean.

Lean, also known as purple drank, is a concoction of prescription codeine cough syrup, hard candy, and Sprite in a styrofoam cup.

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Rappers Young Thug (pictured left) and Gunna (right) were indicted RICO racketeering and gang charges last week.

It turns out that Thug, 30, and Gunna, 28, were not booked into the same jail.

Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens, was booked into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on May 11.

While Thug, born Jeffery Williams, was transferred from the Fulton County Jail to the Cobb County Jail on May 13.

It seems the Fulton County District Attorney wanted to separate the two men.

The Cobb County Jail is not in Fulton County's jurisdiction. It's unusual to transfer a Fulton County inmate to Cobb County.

It's not unusual for an attorney to want his client transferred back to Fulton County because of jail conditions in Cobb County. Inmates have complained in the past about Cobb's "harsh" conditions and 23-hour lockdowns.

WSB-TV reporter Michael Seiden took a camera inside the Cobb County Jail to see Thug's "torturous" living conditions for himself.
 
RELATED: Young Thug's lawyers say rapper housed in 'inhumane' conditions
 
An offended jail official told Seiden, "This is a jail, it is a detention center. It's not the Ritz Carlton, so you have to recognize that."

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It's easy for a jail nurse to get prescription codeine cough syrup into the jail for inmates. She doesn't even have to smuggle the drugs in.

All she has to do is call in a prescription to the local pharmacy that holds a contract with the state.

The nurse calls in the prescription to a local pharmacy and then faxes over the signed prescription. The pharmacy then delivers the drugs to the jail.

Nurses aren't legally allowed to write prescriptions, but they do write prescriptions in some jails (ask me how I know).

I'm not saying that's what happened at the Fulton County Jail.




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YFN Lucci is in fear of his life after Young Thug, Gunna, and 26 members of the notorious YSL street gang were arrested in a sweeping criminal indictment last week.

Attorneys for the rapper filed a motion for an emergency bond hearing after Young Thug and Gunna were named in a 56-count indictment alleging RICO violations nd criminal gang activity.

The Fulton County DA alleges Young Thug ordered 2 YSL gang members to stab YFN Lucci in jail earlier this year.

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"On behalf of Mr. Bennett, we maintain that if the District Attorney's office is sincerely concerned for Mr. Bennett's well being, they should agree to release him on bond, Lucci's lawyer said in a statement on Wednesday.

Celebrity manager Wack 100 reportedly said Lucci agreed to snitch on Young Thug and Gunna, prompting Thug to have him killed in jail.

"Lucci's name ain't in this case. Lucci on the victim's side. So Lucci telling," Wack 100 said on the Clubhouse app. "Ain't none of us know how this sh*t about to go. These people ain't show their real hand yet. They're showing the bare minimum my ni**a. Remember, I told you that. I hope [Young Thug] does come home, but we're just being real about it."

Thug's attorney recently filed a motion for his client's release after describing his living conditions as being "in dungeon-like conditions."

However, the Cobb County Sheriff's Office dismissed the accusations in a statement to WSB-TV. "This is a jail, it is a detention center. It's not the Ritz Carlton, so you have to recognize that."