LIL Keed slammed the arrest of Young Thug and Gunna after allegedly posting in defense of the YSL label before his untimely death.
The aspiring Atlanta rapper, who died this week at the age of 24, made a passionate appeal to prosecutors after it was revealed that rap lyrics were being “used as evidence of gang crimes”.
Signed by YSL (Young Stoner Life) and 300 Entertainment as a youngster, Keed went on to work with the likes of Travis Scott and Chris Brown.
And following the RICO charges filed in Fulton County against a number of the label’s rappers, including founder Young Thug, who allegedly had ties to the Young Slime Life crime gang, he decided to defend the institution online.
He said the YSL label is “not a gang, not a criminal organization, not a mob” but more of a “family, a label, a way of life.”
Keed was referring to the charges against Young Thug, rapper Gunna and 26, specifically conspiracy to violate RICO law and participation in street gang criminal activity.
USA Today reported that the conspiracy charges against the defendants date from 2013, while the gang charges date from 2018.
Prosecutors claim the gang members committed more than 100 crimes to further their interests.
These allegations include appearing in videos with inflammatory song lyrics, posting images with gang symbols on social media, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, aggravated assault and murder.
According to Vulture, much of the lyrics written in the indictment tended to refer directly to violence — including in hits like “Original Slime Shit” and Juice WRLD’s “Bad Boy.”
And this week, music producer Metro Boomin also showed support for the two rappers and all the artists involved in the charges – calling the use of lyrics in evidence “lame af.”
He tweeted: “Using song lyrics to accuse n***as is lame and a joke. These are the same texts that have made these companies billions over the past decade,” he wrote.
“Now waiting to see who levels up and uses the same resources now that the coin has turned…?”
He also went on to say that YSL is not a gang but a company that has provided “countless jobs and opportunities” to the black community.
This weekend both Young Thug and Gunna were denied bail as they remained in police custody on the charges.
On Friday, Young Thug’s attorneys filed an emergency motion for a bail hearing or “more humane/non-torturous pre-trial detention” in Fulton County Superior Court, WSB-TV reported.
Attorney Brian Steel said his client was being held in complete isolation in a windowless cement compartment with only a bed and toilet.
Steel also reported that the isolated cell has an overhead light that stays on 24 hours a day, preventing Young Thug from sleeping.
He was also reportedly not allowed human contact.
The Cobb County Sheriff said Young Thug is being held in solitary confinement “for his own safety” and the overhead lights are on so officers can periodically check on him to make sure he’s okay.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/5339051/lil-keed-slammed-young-thug-gunnas-arrest/ YSL’s Lil Keed criticized Young Thug’s arrest before his tragic death at the age of 24