Young Thug

Rap Snitches: Congress To Review RAP Act Barring Use of Lyrics In Court

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Fulton County PD / Fulton County Sheriff’s Department The movement to prohibit the usage of rap lyrics in criminal cases by prosecutors has now reached the federal level, as a new bill with that aim has been introduced in the United States Congress. On Wednesday (July 27th), the RAP Act was introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives by Democratic Representatives Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Jamaal Bowman (NY-16). The Restoring Artistic Protection Act looks to protect artists from the wrongful usage of their lyrics against them in civil and criminal court cases. Representative Johnson shared the news through his Twitter account. “Freedom of speech is the constitutional foundation the framers thought necessary to enable a new and free soc...

Young Thug & YSL Records Subject Of ‘Rolling Stone’ Doc

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Prince Williams / Getty Young Thug and YSL Records have been heavily scrutinized, and now a new documentary from Rolling Stone will shed light on the rapper and the recent criminal allegations against him and his label. It was announced last Thursday (July 7th) that Rolling Stone’s film division is partnering with Jigsaw Productions, the company helmed by Academy-Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, to develop a series of documentary projects on the Atlanta rapper and his rise to fame. There will also be a focus on the current criminal case against Young Thug and fellow rapper Gunna along with 26 other individuals for involvement with the Young Slime Life street gang. The aim of the documentary project will look to capture the investigation and the crimin...

Rapper Gunna Releases First Statement Since RICO Charges

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Fulton County PD / Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Gunna, who is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail on state RICO charges, is addressing the public for the first time since being arrested along with Young Thug and 20+ other members of YSL by Atlanta police last month.  In a statement shared on his Instagram page on his 29th birthday, the rapper wrote, “2022 has been one of the best years of my life, despite this difficult situation.  This year I had the whole world pushing P,” he wrote in reference to his hit single by the same name.  He added, “Growing up where I come from in a marginalized neighborhood, I never dreamt my art would change my life and the lives of my loved ones. My entire life, I’ve been Black Men, Black Wome...

The Top Moments From Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2022 Concert

HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: Johnny Nunez / Getty The official start of the summer in NYC is Hot 97’s Summer Jam Concert, and yes it definitely indicated that this year we are indeed back outside. Summer Jam 2022 Brought The Heat The annual concert made its triumphant return in 2021 after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hot 97 looked to build off the energy it started last year with another strong concert packed with performances from new and current Hip-Hop stars, including the rain. As with every Summer Jam show, fans got warmed up outside of the Metlife Arena, enjoying performances from artists who aren’t big enough to rock inside the stadium but deserving of a place on the festival stage. Emerging artists like Girll Codee, Nardo Wick, BabyFace Ray, Drewski &...

The Top Moments From Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2022 Concert

HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: Johnny Nunez / Getty The official start of the summer in NYC is Hot 97’s Summer Jam Concert, and yes it definitely indicated that this year we are indeed back outside. Summer Jam 2022 Brought The Heat The annual concert made its triumphant return in 2021 after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hot 97 looked to build off the energy it started last year with another strong concert packed with performances from new and current Hip-Hop stars, including the rain. As with every Summer Jam show, fans got warmed up outside of the Metlife Arena, enjoying performances from artists who aren’t big enough to rock inside the stadium but deserving of a place on the festival stage. Emerging artists like Girll Codee, Nardo Wick, BabyFace Ray, Drewski &...

DA Claims She’s Been Inundated With Threats After Young Thug RICO Indictment

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Fulton County PD / Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Fani Willis the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia says that extraordinary measures are being taken to protect her and her family in the wake of threats after the indictment of rappers Young Thug, Gunna, and 20+ other members of YSL.  Willis was interviewed by WSB-TV reporter Mark Winne and said that the threats have largely been on social media after the sweeping indictment. ‘ “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 coming from) people that are very sympathetic, maybe admirers of YSL and people who are connected with them in some sense.” She added that additional threats have been coming supp...

Young Thug Denied Bond After RICO Case Hearing

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Fulton County PD / Fulton County Sheriff’s Department The judge in the racketeering case denied Young Thug the chance to be released on bond after his hearing, dealing the rapper a huge blow in his bid to get out of jail before trial. On Thursday (June 2nd), according to reports, Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville denied bond to the “Tapout” rapper after his hearing despite the pleas from his defense attorneys and Young Thug pleading not guilty to the charges brought against him in the racketeering case. Judge Glanville opted to listen to the prosecution team, who raised concerns about the safety of witnesses for the state in the case. “We have evidence and information of even more threats,” Prosecutor Don Geary said. “Our witnesses in this case are bein...

Young Thug Denied Bond After RICO Case Hearing

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Fulton County PD / Fulton County Sheriff’s Department The judge in the racketeering case denied Young Thug the chance to be released on bond after his hearing, dealing the rapper a huge blow in his bid to get out of jail before trial. On Thursday (June 2nd), according to reports, Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville denied bond to the “Tapout” rapper after his hearing despite the pleas from his defense attorneys and Young Thug pleading not guilty to the charges brought against him in the racketeering case. Judge Glanville opted to listen to the prosecution team, who raised concerns about the safety of witnesses for the state in the case. “We have evidence and information of even more threats,” Prosecutor Don Geary said. “Our witnesses in this case are bein...

Calvin Harris Drops Lead Single From “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2” With Dua Lipa and Young Thug: Listen to “Potion”

Calvin Harris eagerly tried to warn us about Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2. Aside from calling it the “maddest album” he’s ever assembled, details were few and far between as to when we could expect to hear it, and who else would be included. That all changed last week, however, when Harris dropped a teaser of epic proportions, revealing the project’s lead single “Potion” alongside Dua Lipa and Young Thug.  Harris and Lipa previously made magic in the studio with the alluring “One Kiss,” a track that has since gone on to amass over 1.3 billion streams while solidifying itself among the most successful tracks on Spotify of all-time. Incidentally, “One Kiss” was also released in 2017, the same year Harris debuted the wildly succ...

Gunna Denied Bond, Prosecutors Allege He Serves “Command” Role In YSL

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Jeff Kravitz / Getty Gunna might be pushing pleas at this rate because the rapper could be behind bars for quite some time. Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, has already pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, the rapper’s lawyer  Steven H. Sadow confirmed to Pitchfork. The news comes on the heels of “Pushin P” crafter being denied bond and might have to stay behind bars until Monday, January 9, 2023, when his trial is scheduled to begin. In a statement sent to Pitchfork, Sadow wrote: The Court was obviously concerned about threats and intimidation of witnesses. We believe when the Court hears evidence, not just the words of the prosecutor, it will find that Sergio’s release on bond will n...

More Charges Add Up For Young Thug After Police Raid Home

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Paras Griffin / Getty Young Thug and several members of the alleged Young Stoner Life street gang were indicted on RICO and gang activity charges, with the Atlanta rapper now facing additional felony charges. After a raid of the popular and influential artist’s home, police tacked on a number of new charges in a case that is increasing in notoriety. WSB-TV reports that Young Thug, born Jeffrey Williams, saw his Buckhead home raided by Atlanta police, turning up a number of weapons and drugs thus adding to the gravity of the entertainer’s legal situation. Related Stories The news outlet obtained records from the Fulton County Jail listing out the additional charges Thugger faces, which include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession o...

Fans Urge Chloe Bailey Not To Go “Full Monica” After Gunna & Young Thug Were Arrested On RICO Charges

HipHopWired Featured Video CLOSE Source: Theo Wargo / Getty Somehow, someway, social media has found a way to include Chloe Bailey in Young Thug and his YSL crew’s legal drama. For those who don’t know, Atlanta rapper Young Thug was among 28 individuals rounded up by law enforcement and slapped with RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) conspiracy charges. Also among the group was Thugger’s artist, Gunna, who was rumored to be dating Chloe Bailey, a claim that she has flat out denied. Regardless, Black Twitter, who has a unique skill in finding comedy in the direst of situations, decided to throw Chloe Bailey’s name in the mess anyway. Twitter users are hilariously warning her not to go full Monica, a nod to the “So Gone” singer still being down for the currently incarc...