(Reuters) – Police in Atlanta arrested rapper Younger Thug, who gained a Grammy for his co-written hit “This Is America” in 2019, on Monday on expenses together with participation in prison avenue gang exercise, police data confirmed.
The hip hop artist, whose actual identify is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was additionally charged below Georgia state’s “Conspiracy To Violate The Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act”, in response to Fulton County police data.
Representatives for Williams weren’t accessible for remark.
Williams is greatest recognized for his albums together with “So A lot Enjoyable” and the 2021 hit “Punk”, each of which topped the Billboard 200 charts. He additionally earned a Grammy nomination for his rap hit “The London”, in 2020.
The New York Occasions reported that Williams was charged in a sweeping grand jury indictment that recognized him and 27 different folks as members of the identical avenue gang. Some had been charged with violent crimes together with homicide and tried armed theft.
The workplace of Fulton County District Lawyer Fani Willis, recognized for investigating whether or not former President Donald Trump tried to affect the state’s dealing with of the 2020 election, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Willis has recognized gangs as a significant issue for Fulton County.
“I would say 80% at minimal and possibly extra like 90% of all the violence that we’re seeing is stemming from the gang downside,” Willis advised an ABC-affiliated TV community final week.