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Young Thug Officially Denied Bond in RICO Case

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Young Thug has been denied bond for the second time by Judge Ural D. Glanville during a hearing that lasted over several hours in Fulton County Court on Thursday, June 2.

According to New York Times music reporter, Joe Coscarelli, the hearing surrounded prosecutors wanting Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steele, to be removed from the case, citing conflicts of interest.

However, after going back and forth, the judge motioned for Steele to remain on the case.

Steele then argued for Thug to be released on home confinement, with the promise of 24/7 law enforcement presence, police dog searches, complete video surveillance, drug testing and more.

300 Entertainment co-founder and music executive, Kevin Liles, took the stand on Thugger’s behalf, stating “I’m willing to back him personally and professionally.” Liles also agreed to cover any financial obligations that came with Thug being in home confinement.

Machine Gun Kelly also spoke on Thugger’s behalf, citing his community involvement.

Despite these backings, prosecutors argued that Young Thug, born Jeffrey Williams, should remain in custody until trial, stating that he was not only at risk to flee, but would threaten witnesses. Prosecutors also stated that some of these witnesses were members of YSL who provided “proffers” that Young Thug was the leader of the organization.

The Slime Language rapper was denied bond with his trial date scheduled for Jan. 9, 2023.

“There have been significant proffers about Mr. Willams being a danger to the community,” said Judge Ural D. Glanville. “In particular, the state’s proffer that they have spoken…taken proffers from other gang members and people who are in this particular indictment and not in this indictment that [Young Thug] is the leader of the gang, he is dangerous, and if he crosses them, he will kill them or their families.”

Thug is being charged with conspiracy to violate the racketeer-influenced and corrupt organizations act (RICO) and participation in criminal street gang activity, while Gunna, born Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, is being charged with one count of conspiring to violate RICO.

Gunna has also been denied bond and his trial date is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2023.

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Lil Tjay Shot in New Jersey

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Last night, New York rapper Lil Tjay was shot several times after midnight in Edgewater, NJ.

According to TMZ, law enforcement arrested three men in connection with the shooting. Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that one of the men, Mohamed Konate, attempted to rob Lil Tjay and two other men who were with him. The attempted robbery resulted in Kontae shooting the “Calling My Phone” curator multiple times at a Chipotle restaurant while the second victim was shot only once at an Exxon gas station.

Konate was charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder. The other two men that were with Tjay were also arrested for being in possession of a firearm. They were charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

Tjay was rushed to emergency surgery following the shooting and is said to be doing better.

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Beyoncé Announces New Single ‘Break My Soul’ Releasing Tonight

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Last week, Beyoncé dropped the announcement that she would be returning with her seventh studio album, ACT I: RENAISSANCE.

Set to drop Friday, July 29th, the singer has officially started the album’s rollout as she took to her Instagram bio the announcement of her new single, “Break My Soul.” The record is the 6th song off the forthcoming album and is reportedly produced by The Dream.

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Beyonce’s new album ACT I: RENAISSANCE will serve as a follow-up to her 2016 project, LEMONADE. Lemonade became available for streaming on Apple Music & Spotify just a week after releasing her Netflix documentary, ‘Homecoming’ in 2019 which was accompanied by a live album.

Beyonce’s Lemonade has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

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Drake Releasing New Album Honestly, Nevermind Tonight

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Just months after releasing Certified Lover Boy, Drake took to Instagram to announce his seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, and drops tonight at midnight. 

Releasing Certified Lover Boy last September, the sixth studio album sat at No.1 on Billboard and was supported by singles “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Young Thug and Future and “Knife Talk” featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat. Followed by the album’s release, Drake teamed up with Kanye West after squashing their beef for a one-night-only Free Larry Hoover Concert, in partnership with Amazon Music.

Check out Drake’s official announcement below.

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