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Troy Ave Testifies Against Taxstone in Murder Trial

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In 2017, podcast personality Taxstone, born Daryl Campbell, was arrested by U.S. Marshals New York, New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and NYPD in connection to the shooting that took place at Irving Plaza back in 2016 which resulted in the death of Troy Ave’s bodyguard,  Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, and rapper Troy Ave being arrested, in which the rapper was freed on $500,000 bail.

Campbell was arrested in January 2017 after his DNA was found on the 9 mm handgun used in the shooting. He has remained incarcerated since, after being denied $500,000 bail, and pleading guilty to two federal weapons counts. However, it has now been revealed that he is facing murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons possession charges.

On Monday, March 13, Campbell was seen for the first time since his incarceration in the Manhattan Supreme Court room as he watch rapper Troy Ave, born Roland Collins, give his account of what happened during the shooting on May 25, 2016.

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The NY Post, who was in the courtroom, gives a breakdown of Collins’ testimony where the rapper says he had to fight for his life.

“It looks like if you see people wrestle in high school wrestling — that type of position,” said Collins. “When the shot goes off I see the light from the spark and I hear the shot,” he testified. “This is all happening fast. I get up and start fighting Taxstone, trying to take him, grab the gun, and another shot goes off. I put my leg up to kind of block the shot from hitting me in the face or chest.”

Campbell then reportedly shot Collins in both legs. “I got up,” Collins said. “I’d rather die fighting. People die from leg shots. I’d rather die fighting than laying on the ground. I got up immediately.”

When Collins’ gun misfired, it was then that he noticed his bodyguard, McPhatter, laying face down on the ground.

“I rolled his body over and I’m like, ‘Banga, get up. Come on.’ I’m smacking him, like, ‘C’mon bro. Get up,’” Collins testified. “And his eyes were rolling to the back of his head. His shirt was red so I could tell he got shot.”

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The New 1017 Rapper Enchanting Passes Away; Coi Leray, Gucci Mane and More Respond to Her Passing

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After being placed on life support, 26-year-old rapper Enchanting has tragically passed away.

The Texas native signed with Gucci Mane’s The New 1017 label in 2020. She released her debut project, No Luv, in 2022, featuring the singles “Want Sum” and “Track & Field” with Kaliii. Her latest project, Luv Scarred / No Luv (Deluxe), was released in 2023.

A representative from her management team informed The Shade Room that Enchanting was struggling with withdrawals, saying, “She came to my house the last four days to get clean. She tried her best, and I did everything I could to help her. She tried.”

Coi Leray, Monaleo, and others confirmed her passing on social media.

“I’ll see you later, sister. Save me a spot, baby! I love you 4L and after,” Monaleo wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).




“They pulled the plug, bro. This shit is so fucked up. I just knew you were gonna pull through, @luvenchanting. You’ll forever be Stop6 Princess and Kasino First Lady,” wrote Lil CJ Kasino on Instagram.


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1017 Rapper Enchanting on Life Support: What We Know So Far

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Gucci Mane‘s 1017 artist Enchanting has reportedly been placed on life support.

While the reasons for her condition remain undisclosed, Enchanting’s sister, Kayy Jayy, confirmed on Facebook that Enchanting is indeed on life support but has not passed away, contrary to some reports. “Can y’all stop posting until you have actual facts,” she wrote. “She’s still fighting, she’s not dead… I’m here at the hospital. My sister is not dead.”

1017 Artist Enchanting on Life Support: What We Know So Far

Enchanting signed with Gucci Mane’s 1017 label in 2020. She released her debut project, No Luv, in 2022, supported by the singles “Want Sum” and “Track & Field” with Kaliii. Her most recent project, Luv Scarred / No Luv (Deluxe), came out in 2023. Reflecting on her passion for music, she said, “I feel like music was always something that came naturally to me. I realized I should probably put more time and effort into it, because it felt effortless, unlike trying to force a talent.”

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Nicki Minaj Arrested in Amsterdam for Alleged Drug Possession

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While preparing to travel to her next tour stop in Manchester, United Kingdom, Nicki Minaj experienced a significant delay at the Amsterdam airport.

She was held up for over two hours after being informed by the pilot that her luggage was subjected to a random search. Documenting the incident on X and Instagram Live, Nicki expressed her belief that the Dutch police intentionally caused her to miss her flight, alleging that she was being targeted by her former management and ex-road manager.



The Trinidadian rapper was subsequently arrested when Dutch law enforcement claimed to have found pre-rolls of marijuana in her luggage. “I’m not going in there. I need a lawyer present,” she insisted.

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