Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the Tory Lanez trial for the shooting involving Megan Thee Stallion was the most talked about criminal case in Los Angeles. Some of the most shocking moments during the trial came from Megan's former friend, Kelsey Nicole Harris, who refused to answer any questions about Tory's actions on the night of the July 2020 shooting. Additionally, an eyewitness, who watched the altercation from his bedroom, testified on the stand that he saw a woman fire the first shot. This raised speculation regarding Harris' involvement in the incident. In the end, Tory was found guilty of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence following the shooting where Megan Thee Stallion was shot in both of her feet during a heated argument. Tory had previously pleaded not guilty to the aforementioned charges.
Finally, the shooting death of Takeoff has left the hip-hop community in mourning. The Migos member was an innocent bystander who was shot during a dispute outside of 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston. The incident initially transpired inside of the venue. Police have arrested Patrick Xavier Clark and charged him with murder for the shooting. Another man, Cameron Joshua, was also arrested in connection to Takeoff's slaying and was charged with felony possession of a weapon. Hopefully, Takeoff's family will receive justice in this case.
Along with Gunna, YSL cofounder Walter Murphy and rapper Slimelife Shawty, real name Wunnie Lee, have also taken plea deals. In an interview with 11Alive, Thug's attorney, Brian Steel, said the biggest problem in the racketeering case are YSL members taking plea deals that incriminate Thug.
The YSL RICO trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9, 2023.
The ongoing homicide investigation into Takeoff's death has progressed since the late Migos rapper was shot and killed in Houston on Nov. 1. In December, Houston's Chief of Police, Troy Finner, announced the arrest of Patrick Xavier Clark, who was charged with Take's murder. Another man, Cameron Joshua, was also arrested in connection to Takeoff's killing and was charged with felony possession of a weapon.
According to homicide detective Michael Borrow, the arrests were made from surveillance video gathered from the scene. He also added that Takeoff was an innocent bystander and was not involved in a dice game that occurred before the shooting.
Quavo and Takeoff were among the 40 other people standing outside 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston when an argument erupted following a private party. According to investigators, the fight escalated to gunfire and Takeoff was struck in the head or neck area. The late ATL rhymer was pronounced dead on the scene.
The Harris County Medical Examiner in Houston released an official report regarding Takeoff's confirmed cause of death which was listed as "penetrating gunshot wound of head and torso into arm."
In the end, Tory was found guilty on all three felonies related to the July 2020 altercation and shooting: assault with a semiautomatic firearm, carrying a loaded unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence. The embattled rap-singer will be sentenced on Jan. 27, 2023. He faces up to 22 years in prison.
The shooting death of PnB Rock was another tragic moment in 2022. The assailants involved in the dastardly crime have been apphrended and are currently going through the legal process.
On Sept. 12, the Philadelphia rap-crooner, born Rakim Hasheem Allen, was having lunch with his girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, at Roscoe's House of Chicken 'N Waffles in Los Angeles when a masked gunman walked up to their table and demanded jewelry and valuables. In the midst of the robbery, PnB Rock was shot and killed, along with some of his jewelry being taken.
The robbery and shooting death of PnB Rock has put rappers on guard with how they maneuver in the general public.
Trouble's death on June 5 left the Atlanta hip-hop community in mourning. A few days later, a suspect surrendered to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to Rockdale County, Ga. Sheriff's Office, Jamichael Jones was the assailant who allegedly shot Trouble, born Mariel Orr, during an altercation at a woman's apartment. The Atlanta rapper was sleeping in the bed with the female acquaintance when Jones forced his way into the apartment and attacked the woman. Trouble intervened, a fight ensued and the ATL rhymer was shot in the chest. Police say they have video of Jones leaving the apartment after the shooting.
The woman told authorities that she and Jones had a prior relationship and lived together in the apartment, but were separated after he assaulted her during an argument over money. Rockdale County police charged Jones with felony murder, aggravated assault, home invasion and battery.
There's also an active warrant out for another man, Shundale Barnett, who is charged with accessory after the fact, criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and theft of property for his alleged role in the murder. The Memphis Police Department named Devin Burns and Joshua Taylor as persons of interest in the case as well.
Overall, there are now seven people connected to Young Dolph's murder with four currently in custody.
Nearly three years after his arrest on double murder charges, YNW Melly's homicide case appears to be going to trial next year. Nevertheless, the South Florida rapper was going through it while incarcerated in 2022.
As it stands now, Melly, born Jamell Demons, has been in custody at the Broward County Jail since February of 2019. But the "Murder on My Mind" rapper has been involved in a variety of incidents at the jail. In August, Melly's attorney filed a motion for his client to be released from jail to get proper dental care. Apparently, Melly has been unable to properly clean his teeth due to wearing a permanent diamond grill, which is leading to an abscess. According to a report from TMZ in September, Melly's request for emergency dental work was denied.
Then, at a pre-trial hearing, the prosecution disclosed evidence from a confidential source that Melly was planning to escape from jail back in April by having the rhymer's attorney bring in two handcuff keys to aid in the escape. Liberty has vehemently denied the prosecutors' allegations.
"I am not safe in the hands of these people especially if the highest in command in the jail 'doesn't like me,'" he wrote in his lengthy missive. "I am in fear of my life. My family is in fear of my life. I can not do another day here."
It's been two years since King Von's tragic death on Nov. 7, 2020, and there have been no new developments in the legal case. However, the alleged shooter, Timothy Leeks (aka Lul Tim), has had a run-in with the law while out on bail, awaiting trial.
According to a crime report from The Georgia Gazette, Leeks was arrested on multiple drug offenses in Effingham County, Ga., on Oct. 21. The Rondo Quando associate was charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, two counts of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and marijuana possession (less than an ounce). It's unclear if he's still in custody for the drug charges.
Meanwhile, instigator/YouTube personality, Charleston White, who has been outspoken with his viewpoint that Leeks was justified in shooting King Von, posted a video showing his glee at Leeks gifting him a face mask in lieu of his support of him.
After that, Rose recalled the gunman taking Pop Smoke out of the bathroom, followed by a brief struggle, and the gunshot that would ultimately lead to the late drill rapper's death. Rose added that she still has trouble sleeping at night and is suffering from survivor's remorse.
The arrest warrant reportedly stated that Rod entered the unidentified woman's bedroom while she was asleep and proceeded to strangle her. The couple's two children were also in the house, but in a different room. The victim told police that Rod attacked her because she had been speaking to other men. The woman, who said they had previously dated for four years, said she suffered scratches around the neck from the attack.
Two weeks after the arrest, Rod Wave's attorney, Bradford Cohen, confirmed to XXL that the battery charge had been dropped. "This case was a misunderstanding between a Girlfriend and Boyfriend," he said in a statement. "That misunderstanding resulted in [Rod Wave's] arrest. After review of the evidence and speaking with witnesses, the State entered a Nolle Pross/ No Info on the matter and will not be pursuing charges. We thank the Osceola County State Attorney's Office for their professionalism."
A suspect has been arrested for the shooting. Mohamed Konate, 27, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery and various other unlawful weapons charges. Prosecutors say Konate was allegedly attempting to rob Tjay and the rapper's friends Jeffery Valdez and Antoine Boyd while they were sitting in a car at The Promenade, an upscale shopping center.
While recovering from his injuries, Lil Tjay has been hitting the studio. In September, the young rhymer delivered a freestyle track called "Faceshot (Many Men Freestyle)" where he raps over an instrumental of 50 Cent's classic song "Many Men (Wish Death)." Tjay also released the song's cover art, featuring 50's Get Rich or Die Tryin' artwork with Tjay's head photoshopped on 50's body.
According to a statement from Ephron's legal team, they claim Rocky wanted to meet Relli at a location “to discuss a disagreement between the two of them.” Ephron's attorneys alleged that Rocky came to the meetup, armed with a semi-automatic handgun and "intentionally fired multiple shots at Ephron." Furthermore, Ephron suffered physical injuries from the incident and has been receiving death threats, the legal team claimed in their statement.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Jxmmi got into a domestic squabble with his girlfriend, who goes by Kee, and allegedly grabbed her hair so hard that her weave extensions ripped from her scalp. Apparently, the victim tried to record the incident on her phone, which angered Jxmmi, born Aaquil Brown, and proceeded to chase her around the house.
The girlfriend then locked herself in a room where Jxmmi kicked the door down, snatched the phone from her and threw it off the balcony. The phone was later recovered without damage. Kee later went on social media and denied a physical altercation happened between herself and Jxmmi.
According to TMZ, Slim Jxmmi's misdemeanor battery charge was dismissed in February after his girlfriend recanted her testimony.
When police arrived, they discovered the victim, Cardoza, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was rushed to a local hospital where he later died. It's unclear what sparked the fatal altercation. Blake, who was a liaison to California's Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan, was arrested at another location and charged with felony murder.
Before his arrest, David Blake Jr. was an up-and-coming rapper under the rap moniker D. Blake. As an artist, he has appeared on his father’s albums, including 2014’s The Midnight Life, and released several solo tracks himself, including "I Wanna Know (Remix)" featuring Dom Kennedy.
One man, Artez Benton, was killed during the incident. Chaka and a second person were rushed to a local hospital to undergo surgery. Thankfully, Chaka, who was shot in the back, survived his injuries. But in September, Chaka, born Ahmed Obafemi, was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit a felony and simple battery. Chaka's attorney, Gabe Banks, insisted that his client was acting in self-defense.
A surveillance video of the incident was shown on the What She Said podcast and it showed Chaka and another person having a conversation, which then turns into a fight. It appears that four other men joined in the fray and were punching and kicking Chaka. The actual shooting is not shown in the clip.
In a Court TV interview, Banks said that Atlanta police have wrongfully charged Chaka for the incident. He believes Chaka acted in self-defense. The case is now under review by the Fulton County District Attorney.
Mystikal was taken into custody for another rape charge in 2022. The New Orleans rapper, born Michael Tyler, was arrested in July for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman following a dispute over money. The woman, who was in a longterm relationship with the rapper, claimed that Mystikal got angry and accused her of stealing money from him. As a result, he allegedly choked, punched and pulled out the woman's hair. The former No Limit Records artist then allegedly held her hostage by taking her keys and cell phone. Mystikal is also accused of splashing her with rubbing alcohol to cleanse her "bad spirits" before forcibly raping her.
After leaving the home, the victim went to a local hospital where a rape kit was administered and it was determined that she was sexually assaulted. Upon further investigation, detectives would later find clumps of the woman's hair and a broken fingernail in Mystikal's home.
Mystikal, who has a history of sexual assault allegations dating back to 2003, was arrested on July 31 and was charged with two misdemeanors: simple criminal damage to property and false imprisonment. He was also charged with three more felonies, including domestic abuse battery by strangulation, simple robbery and first-degree rape.