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Rapper Silento is behind bars again after allegedly gunning down his cousin in a DeKalb County, Ga. neighborhood.

The 23-year-old, best known for his viral hit song, "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)," is charged with murder in connection with the death of his cousin, Frederick Rooks.

On Jan. 21, Rooks, 34, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the middle of a residential street in Panthersville, Georgia, about 7 miles southeast of Atlanta. Rooks was pronounced dead at the scene.

The rapper, real name Richard "Ricky" Lamar Hawk, was previously charged with attacking 2 people with a hatchet in September.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Silento had walked into a random home and tried to attack two people with a hatchet before they tackled him and disarmed him.

A friend arrived at the home and told the rapper he was in the wrong house. The two men fled before police arrived, but Silento was arrested about a block away from the home. He told police he was looking for his girlfriend.

Silento was out on bail a day after he was arrested in Santa Ana, CA., following an incident involving his girlfriend, according to ABC 7.

Silento trended on Twitter.com in September after gossip mongers claimed his girlfriend leaked a vulgar image of him online.

But the person in the image was identified as a 26-year-old p0rn star.
 

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Rapper YFN Lucci hopes an Atlanta judge will release him on bond because he has four hungry, underaged children to feed.

Lucci -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- was arrested along with two other men and charged in the shooting death of an associate, 28-year-old James Adams, on Dec. 10.

Lucci went on the run for two weeks before turning himself in late Wednesday, Jan. 13. A judge denied his request for bail at a bond hearing on Jan. 14.

According to legal documents obtained by Hotnewhiphop.com, Lucci is asking the judge to set bond because he has "four underaged children whom he financially supports." He also said he provides a home and financial support for his mother in Fulton County, GA.

The 29-year-old rapper assured the judge that he is not a flight risk -- despite taking his time turning himself in.

If the judge denies his second request for bail he will likely stay in jail until his trial, which could be delayed for months.

The Covid-19 outbreak has been tough on rappers and other celebrities who rely on bookings and club appearances to make ends meet.

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Rapper YFN Lucci (left) made his first court appearance on Thursday, Jan. 14, where he was denied bond.

Lucci appeared via CCTV video from the jail. He wore a black face covering during the court proceeding.

Lucci's lawyer told the judge that his client had the charges read to him, which include felony murder, aggravated assault, participation in street gang activity, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, were hunting for Lucci to question him over his alleged involvement in the murder of 28-year-old James Adams (pictured right). Adams was a former member of Lucci's crew.

Lucci -- real name Rayshawn Bennett -- was identified as the driver of a white SUV seen by witnesses before the victim was shoved out of the moving vehicle.

His lawyer argued against the aggravated assault charges, saying "[Lucci's] proximity in a vehicle to someone with a gun is not what establishes aggravated assault."

However, the judge responded, saying Lucci -- being the driver of the SUV -- "allowed the occupants of the vehicle to actually get out of the vehicle, firing multiple rounds and driving off with those weapons."

The judge determined that the circumstances of his involvement warranted aggravated assault charges, and she denied bond for the rapper.

The 29-year-old father-of-2 turned himself in late Wednesday night, Jan. 13, after 2 weeks on the run.

Lucci was booked into the crowded Fulton County Jail on Thursday, just hours after dropping a music video for his new song "Rolled On" on his social media pages.

Two suspects, Ra'von Boyd, 23, and Leroy Pitts, 17, were also arrested following the shootout on December 10, which left another man wounded.

In a frantic 911 call that led to the felony murder warrant for Lucci arrest, a woman describes a man clinging to a moving SUV before he was shoved out of the SUV and left for dead in a roadway.

TMZ obtained audio of the 911 call a woman made in Atlanta last month when she saw a white SUV speeding by "with a man hanging out of the car." She says she eventually saw the man thrown out of the car onto the street.

The witness told the operator the victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and the man was "still trying to fight for his life."

She remained on the scene while waiting for the ambulance, standing near the victim -- and said he was "taking his last breath" and he died moments later.

The Atlanta Police Department offered a $5k award for information leading to Lucci's arrest and indictment.
 

 

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Rapper G Herbo turned himself in to federal agents in Los Angeles after proclaiming his innocence relating to a plethora of federal fraud charges.

The Chicago, Illinois native, who was just named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 list of influential young stars, stands accused of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and 2 counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft as part of an alleged 4-year scam involving stolen credit cards.

Herbo and 5 others are charged with using stolen credit cards to purchase designer puppies, rent private jets and limousines as well as finance trips to Jamaica and rent a villa there.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, a representative for Herbo, real name Herbert Randall Wright III, denied the criminal claims, which were filed in Massachusetts. Herbo's lawyer insisted the Chicago gang banger "looks forward to establishing his innocence in court".

The PTSD star is alleged to have worked with his music promoter Antonio Strong and various other members of his crew to defraud numerous business owners by making purchases with stolen credit cards.

Strong was arrested in September and charged with a string of crimes, including wire fraud.

Rapper Casanova, real name Caswell Senior, was arrested earlier this week on RICO and racketeering charges related to criminal activities committed by his gang "Untouchable Gorilla Stones", including the murder of a 15 year old boy.

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Federal agents have arrested rap fugitive Casanova (right), who was indicted on RICO and racketeering charges related to criminal activities committed by his gang "Untouchable Gorilla Stones", including the murder of a 15 year old boy.

"Baby, I love you like cooked food," Casanova said in a video shared by his wife on social media.

The feds also indicted Chicago gangsta rapper G Herbo, real name Herbert Wright III (left and below), on 14 federal charges that included wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, in a federal court in Massachusetts.

G Herbo's lawyer is making arrangements with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the rapper to turn himself in in Massachusetts.

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G Herbo and several crew members are accused of conducting a multi-year fraud scheme involving stolen credit cards and ID theft, totaling $1.5 million.

According to the indictment, the gang used stolen credit cards to buy designer puppies, rent private jets and luxury villas in Jamaica.

Herbo, 25, and Casanova, 34, are part of a crew of gang bangers who are signed by record labels to bring realism to the rap game.

Unlike bold name rappers such as Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the new breed of gangsta rappers live the life of violence they rap about on records.

G Hergo and Casanova, real name Caswell Senior, are accused of murdering other "rappers", but they have not been charged without those alleged crimes.

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Rapper Offset was arrested while live-streaming himself driving through a pro-Trump rally on Saturday. The Migos rapper was pulled over by Beverly Hills police after he drove through a crowd of Trump supporters and allegedly waved a handgun.

Police surrounded Offset's vehicle with guns drawn. The rapper, who was born Kiari K. Cephus, refused orders to take his hand off his steering wheel and turn off the engine.

Offset: "I'm not finna do that."

Cop: "Why not?"

"Because you got guns out. I'm not finna move my hands from my steering wheel."

Offset live-streamed the traffic stop, telling police "Do you know who I am? I'm Offset from the Migos!"

When a female officer told him he was seen waving a gun in the air, Offset said, "You just watched somebody beat my car up with a flag. What are you talking about?"

Another officer approached the car, reached in the driver's side window and unlocked the car door. The officer then snatched Offset out of the vehicle.

The Beverly Hills police confirmed they detained a man for pointing a gun at Trump supporters who attended a large rally on Saturday.

Offset is best known for being married to rapper Cardi B.
 

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Fans of rapper Young Buck are happy to know he is safe and sound after his girlfriend was arrested for trying to kill him.

According to The Tennessean, Buck, real name David Darnell Brown, was arrested Thursday on assault charges, unlawful possession of a weapon and vandalism over $10,000.

He was booked into the Sumner County Sheriff's Office, jail records show. He was still in custody Friday, being held on $60,000 bail.

If you recall, the rapper's girlfriend was arrested Tuesday and charged with reckless endangerment after she discharged a firearm at him during a verbal altercation.

Police say Lucresia Neil took aim with her pistol and fired multiple shots at the rapper as he fled their home in the Tower Hill subdivision in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Police were still searching for Brown a day later to determine whether he was wounded or he was in hiding because he feared for his life.

Jail records show Neil posted a $3,500 bond and was released from jail on Tuesday.

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Brown, 39, was a member of 50 Cent's hip-hop group G-Unit. 50 Cent (left) and Brown are pictured at a liquor store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sept. 6, 2015.

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Federal authorities arrested rapper Nuke Bizzle after he appeared in a music video flashing stacks of cash and bragging about defrauding the federal government to obtain unemployment benefits.

"I just got rich off of EDD/ I just woke up to 300 Gs," he bragged. "Unemployment so sweet/ We had 1.5 land this week." Rapper Fat Wizza added: "You gotta sell cocaine, I can just file a claim."

Bizzle, whose real name is Fontrell Antonio Baines, is accused of stealing more than $1.2 million in unemployment benefits preloaded on 92 debit cards from the Employment Development Department (EDD).

The hip-hop artist was arrested Friday and charged with access advice fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

According to a criminal complaint, Baines, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, was arrested in Las Vegas while riding in a Cadillac Escalade. He was detained with 7 EDD debit cards in other people's names.

According to the complaint, Baines filed claims for 92 EDD debit cards preloaded with more than $1.2 million in other people's names. The cards were mailed to multiple addresses that Baines had access to.

Baines posted a disclaimer under his "EDD" music video on YouTube: "This video was created with props and was made for entertainment purposes."
 

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Tory Lanez was officially charged in connection with a shooting incident involving rapper Megan Thee Stallion.

The arrest came weeks after the singer released his album claiming his innocence. The Los Angeles County District Attorney hit the rapper with one count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and one count of carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

If convicted, Lanez faces up to 22 years behind bars.

Lanez was apprehended by police after leaving the scene of a shoot-out at a Hollywood Hills party in July. The shooting left "Savage" rapper Megan with shrapnel wounds to her foot that required medical attention.

At the time of his arrest in July, he was only charged with possession of a firearm.

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The case became a much bigger deal when Megan went public and claimed Tory, real name Daystar Peterson, was the person who shot her.

"Yes, this n***a Tory shot me. You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people to these blogs lying and s**t, stop lying!" she raged online in August.

She went on to reveal she was shot from behind as she got out of Tory's vehicle and started walking away following a heated confrontation.

Peterson's arraignment is scheduled for next week.

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A member of the hip-hop group Pretty Ricky was arrested and charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Diamond Blue Smith, also known as "Baby Blue", was hit with federal charges after investigators say he attempted to obtain $24 million in PPP funds to buy lavish items, including a Ferrari.

Smith, 36, is accused of fraudulently obtaining a coronavirus relief loan and then using the money to purchase a $96,000 Ferrari among other luxury items.

Smith, of Miramar, Florida, along with Tonye C. Johnson, of Pennsylvania, appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Georgia on Monday.

According to the federal complaint, Smith and Johnson falsified loan documents to obtain a $426,717 loan under the Federal Paycheck Protection Program for his company Throwbackjersey.com LLC.

The Paycheck Protection Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Trump to help small businesses suffering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smith also applied for another loan in the amount of $708,065 for another company, Blue Star Records LLC. And he allegedly applied for loans in the names of other individuals, using falsified documents.

The Ferrari and other luxury items, as well as his bank accounts were seized by the feds.

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Smith, 2nd from right, is best known as a member of R&B/hip hop group Pretty Ricky. The other members are (L-R) Slick 'Em, Spectacular and Pleasure.

The group enjoyed modest success in the mid-2000s with their platinum singles "Grind With Me" and "On The Hotline".