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Young Thug owns over 100 acres of land in Atlanta that he's not using. So he offered his land to Kanye West for a Yeezy store in Atlanta.

Kanye, a.k.a. YE, posted a message on Instagram detailing his plans to open his first Yeezy store in Atlanta.

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"We are going to open Yeezy stores world wide Starting in Atlanta," he wrote on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

"Who would be best to open it? I'll buy the land and or building Then we gonna up in every state and then internationally. Anyone who has over 10 years retail experience and is ready to change the world post your instagram handle or store location in the comments and We'll find you."

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Young Thug, who has access to a cell phone in the Cobb County Jail, saw Kanye's post and offered his land for free.

"@kanyewest I got over 100 acres," Thugger wrote. "However many you need they're yours free of charge. On GOD."

Earlier this week Kanye complained that the GAP stole his designs and canceled a photo shoot featuring his four children in Japan.

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He was disappointed that GAP and Adidas failed to build brick and mortar stores for his collection like they promised.

"I signed with both adidas and Gap because it contractually stated they would build permanent stores which neither company has done even though I saved both of those companies at the same time. Ima show you how to use social media."

Kanye also FaceTimed with Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz who put him in contact with Atlanta mayor, Andre Dickens.

"2 Chainz said he got the mayor('s) number," Ye wrote in a video caption. "I added the s cause my mama was head of the English department. But this may take some incorrect English to get done."

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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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Rapper Young Thug is facing new RICO charges involving a machine gun, drugs and gang activity.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office filed new charges in Fulton Superior Court on Friday, August 5.

The new indictment charges Young Thug with possessing a Glock handgun equipped with a switch that converts it into a machine gun capable of firing 100 rounds of ammunition in less than 30 seconds.

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, was arrested in May and charged with conspiracy to violate Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

26 alleged gang members affiliated with Young Thug's Young Slime Life (YSL) street gang were also arrested. Rapper Gunna turned himself in and is facing a single RICO charge.

The co-conspirators were employees of Young Stoner Life Records, Thugga's record label based in Atlanta.

They have all been jailed without bond since their arrests.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' office told WSB-TV the new indictment includes all 28 defendants and focuses on criminal activities committed by YSL, which was founded by Young Thug and two others.

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Willis called Young Thug's YSL "a hybrid gang that operates here in Atlanta and it's an affiliate of the Bloods gang."

She said the gang was responsible for 80% of the violent crimes and murders in the Atlanta area.

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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.

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Young Thug's nephew has been charged with shooting his girlfriend in the face when an argument turned violent early Wednesday.

Fardereen Deonta Grier allegedly shot Atlanta promoter Destiny Fitzpatrick in the face and killed her just before 1:50 a.m. in a residence on the 900 block of Proctor Street in East Point, a suburb southwest of Atlanta.

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Fitzpatrick was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Grier was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder.

According to TMZ Hip-Hop, Grier told police he was rapper Young Thug's nephew - the son of Thugger's older sister.

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Relatives confirmed Grier's relationship to Young Thug, who is locked up on RICO gang charges.

Grier first told responding officers that he fought off 2 armed, masked intruders, but officers say he eventually admitted to shooting Destiny in the face.

A neighbor allegedly heard arguing in the residence prior to the shooting.

Young Thug is currently in the Cobb County Jail after being denied bond multiple times.

It isn't clear if Grier is the aspiring rapper BSlime who shared a phone call of his uncle Thugga free-styling from jail last month.

"I'm just sitting here in my cell like, 'Damn, I'm really in jail / God, give me another chance to show you I can prevail / I could put my arms from wall to wall inside this tiny - ass cell," Young Thug rapped.

Thug admitted to having suicidal thoughts in his freestyle.

"I tried to cry but ain't nothing left / I contemplated doing myself, ni**a / The most suicide deaths are in this jail / But let's not forget that this ain't hell."

Thug, born Jeffery Williams, was referring to the notorious Cobb County Jail, where 3 inmates died in just 3 weeks in May.

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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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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."

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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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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis fears for her life after receiving death threats from Young Thug's fans.

Willis indicted Young Thug, Gunna, and 26 others on RICO racketeering violations and gang activity on May 9.

Willis said Young Thug and the members of his Young Slime Life (YSL) gang were responsible for 80% of murders and gun violence across Atlanta.

She told Channel 2 Action News that she increased her security and is taking extra measures to protect her family due to death threats.

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"I'm much more cautious than I've ever been in my life, paying more attention to my surroundings" Willis said. "It's required for me to stay alive."

She said the death threats are coming from fans who are "sympathetic" of the people who were indicted.

"We don't believe that these threats were directed by anyone that is in the YSL indictment," Willis said. "I would say that (threats are from) people that are very sympathetic, maybe admirers of YSL and people who are connected with them in some sense."

One suspect gave instructions on how to locate Willis' Atlanta area home, leading to increased police patrols at her home and license plate readers installed nearby.

Additionally, she is receiving harsh comments from Donald Trump supporters after she announced a special grand jury is investigating whether the former President interfered in the presidential elections in Georgia in 2020.

Willis is taking all threats very seriously. Her extensive security detail is a joint effort between the City of South Fulton, the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, according to Channel 2 Action News.

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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.

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Young Thug's longtime fiancee Jerrika Karlae says the rapper is "doing good" in jail, where he is being held on RICO racketeering charges.

Young Thug, 30, was denied bond last week and will remain in the Cobb County Detention center until his trial on January 9, 2023.

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Karlae said she spoke with Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, and he is coping well despite his circumstances. They also discussed the recent passing of his childhood friend, rapper Lil Keed, who was signed to his label.

"Yeah, I spoke to him," she said on "The Progress Report" podcast. "He's doing good, actually, and he's in great spirits. I feel like this is just a moment for him to learn a lot of lessons."

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She said Young Thug gives her advice on how to cope while he's locked up.

"Honestly, he was giving me advice on how to... He was like, 'Keep your head in the game, wake up every day and put a smile on your face and, like, be thankful, and we good.'"

Karlae, 28, said Young Thug is deeply religious and he knows the Bible inside out.

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"I see the growth, and I really feel like I see his faith," she told the podcast hosts. "Bro that man really know the Bible inside out. Nobody know that about him because people don't talk about that."

Karlae is best known for dating the Atlanta rapper on and off over the years. They were engaged in 2015 but broke up in 2017 before getting back together.

Young Thug has six children by multiple women and none by Karlae.

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The mother of a DeKalb County teenager who threatened the lives of the Fulton County Sheriff and his wife spoke out in defense of her son.

Quartavius Mender, 18, was arrested after he allegedly made several death threats toward Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat and his wife, Jacki Labat.

According to 11Alive News, the teenager demanded the release of rapper Young Thug, who is being held in the Cobb County Detention Center on felony RICO racketeering charges.

"#freethug or Imma sh00t u and your wife," Mender wrote, according to arrest warrants reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He allegedly wrote on the sheriff's Instagram page, saying, "Imma assassinate you."

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Young Thug (pictured) and rapper Gunna are among 28 people charged in a sweeping 88-page indictment last month.

Mender is charged with 23 counts of making terroristic threats toward the sheriff and his wife in several social media posts in May.

"We've known about these threats for a week or so," Sheriff Labat told Shelley Wynter, co-host of WSB Radio's "Word On the Street," on Friday.

"These were public social media threats. I call it cyberbullying. It was on our social media - both mine, my wife's, as well as the public Fulton County Sheriff's Office social media. Mostly on Instagram."

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Labat added: "I signed up for this. But, you cross the line when you start talking about my family, my wife... How smart can you be to threaten the sheriff? You know how I am about my wife. We're not taking anything for granted."

Mender's mother, Malaika Kulenga, and his sister, Deniecia Kelly, told 11Alive that Mender has a history of bipolar disorder, for which he is being treated. They said he is not connected to any gang.

11Alive also spoke with Mender on the phone from the jail. He said that even though his cousin, who shares the same last name, is among the alleged gang members indicted along with Young Thug, he has never been close to that cousin.

Mender insists he didn't make any death threats on Instagram.

11Alive asked Mender why he thinks investigators traced the death threats to him.

"I really don't know. It wasn't me," Mender said. "I'm not a part of no gang, I'm not a part of YSL, I'm not part of nothing."

Mender's mother and sister think investigators are charging anyone they think can testify against Young Thug or Gunna, the alleged ring leaders of Young Slime Life street gang.

"Young Thug don't know him," Deniecia Kelly said of her brother. "He don't know Young Thug. He don't know nobody. They can't trace a phone call or a message or nothing with anybody affiliated with YSL."

"My son is really a person that really needs help," Mender's mother, Malaika Kulenga, said. "Right now, what they're doing is trying to put him in this situation, but he has nothing to do with it. He can't tell them anything because there's nothing to tell. There's nothing. So he's not a part of any gang, he's not a gang member."

Mender is being held without bail in the Fulton County Jail.

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The Fulton County Sheriff's Office charged Quartavius Mender, 18, with making death threats against Fulton County Sheriff Patrick "Pat" Labat and his wife, Jacki Labat.

Mender is charged with 23 felony counts for making terroristic threats, Channel 2 Action News reports.

The teen is accused of threatening to kill the Labats if a certain high-ranking member of the Young Slim Life (YSL) record label and street gang wasn't released from the Fulton County Jail.

The death threats were made in social media posts, according to sources.

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"We take these kinds of brazen threats seriously," Sheriff Pat Labat told reporters. "Social media cyberbullying, and hiding behind a keyboard will not protect someone from criminal prosecution. Our investigators are diligent in seeking individuals who mean to do harm to anybody, and I am grateful to them for ensuring the safety of myself, my wife, and all citizens of Fulton County."

Rappers Young Thug and Gunna are among 28 people charged with violating Georgia's RICO laws in a sweeping 88-page indictment last month.

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

According to Channel 2 Action News, one of the names listed in the indictment is Tenquarius Mender, who is housed at the Fulton County Jail. Channel 2 is working to confirm if Quartavius Mender and Tenquarius Mender are related.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has accused YSL gang members of committing over 50 murders and gun violence across Atlanta since 2012.

Young Thug, born Jeffery Williams, was again denied bond during an hours-long hearing before a Superior Court judge in Atlanta on Thursday, June 2.

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The rapper watched the hearing remotely from a small room at the Cobb County Detention Center for nearly 10 hours.

The judge denied bond even though Young Thug's attorneys promised to hire a team of off-duty law enforcement officers to guard him 24 hours a day during home confinement.

Attorney Brian Steel said his client offered to be on house arrest at any one of his four Atlanta-area homes before trial, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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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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The city of Forest Park, Georgia has denied a permit for a planned vigil for the late rapper Lil Keed.

Lil Keed, real name Rahqid Render, died from multiple organ failure in Los Angeles on Friday, May 13.

A permit for the planned vigil to be held at Starr Park on Tuesday, May 24, was denied for safety reasons.

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City officials said in a statement:

"Like so many others throughout metro Atlanta and communities across the nation, the City of Forest Park was saddened to hear about the recent passing of local hometown entertainer Raqhid Jevon Render, also known as Lil Keed. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family, friends and all those who have been impacted by this unfortunate loss."

The statement continued:

"Although this may be a difficult time for a great number individuals, the city is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents and businesses. It is our sincere hope that the life of Mr. Render will be celebrated peacefully by all those who wish to remember him and his legacy."

Lil Keed was signed to rapper Young Thug's YSL record label and Kevin Liles' 300 Entertainment. Keed's name was not among the 28 people indicted by the Fulton County DA's office on RICO violation charges on May 9.

Rapper Gunna, a YSL artist, was also indicted and is locked up in the Fulton County Jail.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis accused YSL of committing over 50 murders and gun violence across Atlanta.