YOUNG Thug's lyrics are being used against him after he was named in a 56-count indictment.
The Grammy-winning rapper's songs, including "Slime Sh*t," "Original Slime Sh*t," and "Anybody," were named in the indictment as examples of "overt acts," reports CNN.
The lyrics "I'm prepared to take them down," "murder gang sh*t," and "I never killed anybody but I got something to do with that body" were used as specific examples.
The use of the lyrics has sparked debate over the First Amendment, raising the question of if lyrics are protected.
The indictment charges Young Thug, rapper Gunna, and 26 others with racketeering, with charges specifically including conspiring to violate the RICO Act and participation in criminal street gang activity.
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Lil Wayne and Young Thug’s beef explained
When Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, and Young Thug, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, were signed to the same label, Vash Money, it looked likely that a collaboration between the two performers might happen.
Things appeared to sour in 2016 a couple of years after Lil Wayne released a couple of mixtapes under Carter.
Fans eagerly awaited Carter V but were left disappointed when the rapper confirmed it wouldn’t be coming out.
District Attorney Fani Willis said that while she understands that songs are protected as free speech, she believes that the lyrics are “overt and predicate acts” that support the charges.
“The First Amendment does not protect people from prosecutors using it as evidence if it is so,” she said.
Lyrics used in the indictment
Investigators included quotes from lyrics in multiple music video appearances by Williams in the indictment.
In one music video from 2018, Young Thug says, “I never killed anybody but I got something to do with that body.”
He also raps, “I told them to shoot hundred rounds.”
The lyrics are from his song titled Anybody.
Social media and music used
District Attorney Fani Willis said that Young Thug’s social media as well as the lyrics in his music played a crucial part in the investigation.
“Social media is a wonderful tool for prosecutors in every indictment we bring these days,” Willis said.
'Rooted out of our community'
At a press conference on Tuesday, Fulton County DA Dani Wallis said that the criminal street gang had committed 75 to 80 percent of the violent crimes in the Atlanta community.
“They have to be rooted out of our community,” Willis said.
“It does not matter what your notoriety is, what your fame is, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia and you commit crimes, you are going to become a target and a focus of this District Attorney’s office.
Bodycam footage, continued
During the arrest the unknown man took responsibility for everything that was in the car.
Young Thug pleaded not guilty to a plethora of charges.
A DeKalb judge ruled all the evidence must be thrown out because prosecutors didn't present credible evidence the law was being violated when police pulled over the car.
However, an appeals court later reversed the decision. The case is still pending.
New body camera footage of 2017 arrest
Body camera footage was recently released of an arrest involving Young Thug, Gunna, and an unknown man from 2017.
Officers pulled over the car the three men were in and found weapons, drugs, and money, according to WSB-TV.
While speaking to a police officer, Young Thug says: "I’m a real superstar. I got kids and everything. I don’t need nobody sending me to f****** jail right now.”
Inhumane housing, part three
The Cobb County Sheriff explained Young Thug was being held in solitary confinement "for his own safety," and the overhead lights stay on so officers can regularly check in to make sure he is okay.
Inhumane housing, continued
Steel also reported the isolated cell has an overhead light that stays on 24/7 preventing Young Thug from sleeping.
He also allegedly hasn't been allowed any human contact.
Young Thug's housing called 'inhumane'
Young Thug's lawyers filed an emergency motion for a bond hearing or “more humane/non-torturous in-custody housing."
The motion was filed Friday in the Superior Court of Fulton County, reports WSB-TV.
Attorney Brian Steel says his client is being held in total isolation in a windowless, cement compartment with only a bed and a toilet
What does 'pushin P' mean, continued
Gunna took to Twitter offering a series of examples of how to use P - and when not to use it.
He wrote in a series of tweets: "Jumpin n a person beef or situation when u dk wats goin on Not [P].
"Now…putting your people in position is [P].
"Bossing up your B***h is [P].
"Risking your life to feed your family is [P].
"Being a real n***a off the Internet is [P].
"I’m pushing [P]."
"Speaking on a n**** for no reason is not [P].
"Being loyal is definitely [P]."
What does 'pushin P' mean?
He also has been seen popularizing the "P" emoji on his social media, leaving hip hop fans confused over its meaning and its link to the song's title.
Basically, pushin P means to stay real, and the P stands for player.
Gunna also denied bond
Gunna was also denied bond, but Judge Wolf mentioned his case was entirely different than Young Thug's since he was given a broader racketeering charge.
Judge Wolf said he would "absolutely... consider bond" for both men once there is more information known.
Denied bond, continued
Defense attorney Brian Steel told the court Young Thug has deep ties to the Atlanta community and has been cooperative throughout the process, therefore he didn't pose a flight risk.
Steel also mentioned his client has never been convicted of a felony and the open case against him from four years ago is basically dead.
Young Thug was denied bond at a hearing on Wednesday.
Judge Robert Wolf of the Fulton County Magistrate Court sided with the state prosecutor to deny bond, reports The Fader.
Wolf cited the rapper as a flight risk and added that he would pose a risk of committing additional felonies if he were released.
One Twitter user said that Young Thug’s arrest is “heartbreaking” considering the tragedy that his family went through just months ago with LaKevia Jackson’s death.
“Prayers to him and his children,” the tweet says.
What happened to Young Thug’s baby mama, continued
Members of the alleged YSL gang, continued
Other alleged members include:
- Kahlieff Adams aka “Bobby Hunt”
- Martinez Arnold aka “Duke”
- Derontae Bebee aka “Bee” or “B”
- Damone Blalock aka “Bail”
- Javaris Bradford aka ” Tuda”
- Justin Cobb aka “Duwap”
- Cordarius Dorsey aka “Polo” or “Juicy”
- Miles Farley aka “Slato” or “Lil Miles”
- Jevon Fleetwood aka “4tray” or “Psycho”
- Damekion Garlington aka “Dee” or “Sxarfaxe”
- Quantavious Grier aka “Unfoonk”
- Marquavius Huey aka “Qua”
- Deamonte Kendrick aka “Yak Gotti”
- Wunnie Lee aka “Slimelife Shawty”
- Demise McMullen aka “Nard”
- Tenquarius Mender aka “Stunna”
- Walter Murphy aka “DK”
- Jayden Myrick aka “SetTrip” or “JayMan”
- Quamarvious Nichols aka “Qua”
- Rodalius Ryan aka “Lil Rod”
- Antonio Sledge aka “Mounk Tounk”
- Trontavious Stephens aka “Tick” or “Slug”
- Shannon Stillwell aka “Shannon Jackson” or “SB”
- Antonio Sumlin aka “Obama”
- Jimmy Winfrey aka “Roscoe”
Who are some alleged YSL gang members?
What crimes are included in the RICO act?
Racketeering violations are regarded as “predicate offenses”, referring to a crime committed which is a component of a larger crime.
- Distribution of a controlled substance
- Mail fraud
- Money laundering
- Wire fraud
- Witness tampering
What constitutes breaking RICO laws?
To convict a defendant accused of violating RICO laws, the government must prove a number of things beyond a reasonable doubt.
- That a criminal enterprise existed
- That the actions of the group affected interstate business
- That the defendant was associated with or employed by the organization
- That the accused was involved in a pattern of racketeering activity
- That the defendant was party to the operations conducted by the enterprise during at least two acts throughout the sequence of racketeering activity
What are RICO charges?
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States federal law passed by Congress in 1970.
The legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon, explicitly aimed to combat organized crime across the United States.
It allows criminals to be hit with extended penalties and a civil cause of action for their roles in a criminal organization.
It specifically focuses on racketeering and targets kingpins by allowing them to be tried for crimes that they ordered or assisted in.
Before the RICO Act, a person could be absolved from prosecution if they did not personally commit the crime.
What is Young Thug's net worth?
Since the start of his career, Jeffrey Lamar Williams has come a long way from the Section 8 house he grew up in.
This number comes from his successful career in the music industry.
Who is Young Thug?
Young Thug is an American rapper best known for the songs Go Crazy, Solid, and Bubbly.
Young Thug's real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams.
He was born in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thug was arrested recently with one count of attempted murder and one count of participating in criminal street gang activity.