Up-and-coming NYC rapper Bobby Shmurda has been jailed and held on $2 million bail following his arrest on drug and weapons charges early this week, and he’s pleading “not guilty.”
The “Hot Nigga” performer, whose songs have been remixed and performed by other well-known artists like French Montana and Lil’ Kim, is facing up to 15 years in prison for two weapons charges and a heavier sentence for conspiracy to commit murder. He is also up for first degree assault, reckless endangerment, and possession, as well as intent to sell narcotics.
After a search of his vehicle, police discovered two guns and a bag of crack cocaine.
Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, as well as 15 members of his crew, GS9, were arrested by police officers just outside Quad Studios close to Times Square and Radio Music Hall. According to the New York Police Department, Shmurda and his crew’s arrests “were the result of a long-term investigation,” as reported by Wondering Sound.
Shmurda, 20, whose rap song “Bobby Bitch” has gone viral online, was also positively identified as one of the gunmen in two shootings earlier this year that wounded an innocent bystander and killed a gang member. These incidents were reported to have been a turf war between rival gangs that occurred outside a barbershop and near a Brooklyn courthouse, where Shmurda was said to have fired his weapon into a crowd of people.
An NYPD representative also mentioned that Shmurda’s artistic body of work seems to be a real-life portrayal of what he and his gang appear to be doing in real life in the streets of New York.
"My music is straight facts," Shmura once told New York Magazine in an interview, as published by ABC News reports. "There are a lot of gangsters in my ‘hood.’"
This is the rapper’s third arrest for gun and drug possession. If convicted for conspiracy, he stands to face a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
“Does it make sense that he would resort to committing crimes when he has the world in the palm of his hand? It’s ridiculous,” Shmurda’s lawyer said in a statement to AP, as published on MTV News.
Shmurda’s label, Epic Records, has already agreed to pay the rapper’s $2 million bail.
Watch the report of Bobby Shmurda’s arrest below:
That’s the latest on Two Socks Bobby’s arrest. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on his case.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Justin Hogan, Epic Records