Atlanta rapper Young Thugs co-founded a violent street gang and promoted it in his songs and on social media, in a massive indictment by prosecutors that accuses him and 27 others of racketeering and other crimes. Is.
The rapper, whose given name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, co-wrote the hit This Is America with Childish Gambino, which in 2019 became the first hip-hop track to win a Grammy for Song of the Year.
Fulton County prosecutors say that in late 2012, he and two others founded Young Slim Life, a violent criminal street gang commonly known as YSL, affiliated with the National Blood Gang. Is.
He was arrested Monday from his home in Buckhead, an upscale neighborhood north of central Atlanta.
He was being held in the Fulton County Jail on charges of conspiracy to violate Georgia’s RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Act and participating in a criminal street gang.
Young Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steele, told local news outlets, “Mr Williams has committed no crime” and that he will “fight to the last drop of his blood to clear him”.
In addition to the specific charges, the indictment includes a comprehensive list of 181 acts prosecutors say were committed as part of a conspiracy to advance the interests of the gang.
These include appearing in videos containing provocative song lyrics, appearing in photographs on social media with gang symbols, possessing drugs with intent to distribute, beatings and murders.
The indictment accuses gang members of trying to kill rival gang member and rapper YFN Lucy, whose given name is Rayson Bennett, by “stabbing and stabbing” her with a blade at the Fulton County Jail.
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YFN Lucci was among a dozen people charged in the Ricoh indictment related to the gang in Fulton County a year ago.
Prosecutors say YSL is primarily active in the southeast Atlanta and Cleveland Avenue areas, but is expanding its activity to the surrounding metro area.
The indictment states that its members are identified by their green or red bandanas – red for blood and green for slime – and clothes bearing the word ysl or slime.
Also accused in the indictment were another Atlanta rapper, Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchen, and aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger, who was already in prison and is accused of shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February. .
In April 2021, Young Thug and Gunna posted bail for 30 low-level prisoners who were unable to bear the costs themselves.
Along with his high-pitched rap vocals, Young Thug is best known for his hits including Stoner and Best Friend.
In an ultra-masculine hip-hop scene, Thug refuses to play by traditional gender rules. She wore a dress on the cover of her 2016 mixtape Jeffrey and said that there is no such thing as a gender as part of a Calvin Klein campaign.
Young Thug’s record label is called YSL Records or Young Stoner Life Records. The label refers to its artists as part of the Slim family, and a compilation album titled Slim Language 2 topped the charts in April 2021.