Life Beyond Rap


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(Bobby Shmurda leaving the precinct after his arrest on Weds. night)

Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) has pled not guilty to gun and drug trafficking charges.

During a press conference today at Manhattan’s One Police Plaza, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, Police Commissioner William Bratton and others displayed a table covered with 21 different guns and updated the media on their task force investigation into Brooklyn’s G-Stone Crips (GS9) gang activity which culminated in the arrest of 15 members, including rising rap stars Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel.

The statements included charges of crack sales, use of crack revenue to fuel gang activity, as well as serious accusations of violence.

At one point, the prosecutor alleged that Rowdy Rebel was involved in a shooting and then went to the Barclay Center and got onstage wearing the same clothes. (See photos from that night)

As of now, Bobby Shmurda and his crew are still in custody and Shmurda’s bail has been set at $2million dollars, a clear sign of the severity of the indictment…but his lawyer Howard Greenberg says bail will be posted. Earlier this year, Bobby was arrested for weed possession and then gun possession.

Here is a screenshot of Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel’s charges…it’s significant to note that Bobby’s conspiracy charges reportedly include “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree murder” and “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree assault.”:

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Explanation: According to one legal website, “Conspiracy to commit murder” means that you “aided” one or more persons’ plan to murder, and it could even just mean that you knew about the plan and didn’t do anything to stop it from happening.

Quotes and photos from local reporters in the room after the jump…

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Bobby Shmurda is closing out his breakout year on an unfortunate note. According to various reports, the “Hot Boy” rapper — along with members of his GS9 crew and label boss Sha Money XL — were arrested at Quad Studios in New York City early this morning (December 17).

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As many as 60,000 people gathered in the streets of New York City on Saturday (December 13) in support of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two cases that have come to epitomize the racial injustice that has forever existed in the American judicial system. With cameras handy, REVOLT managed to pick out two of hip-hop’s most recognizable faces — Nas and Russell Simmons — in the massive crowd.

“This is beautiful, man,” Nas said. “We need justice, that’s why we here.” Russell, meanwhile, was hopeful that a change will soon come: “It’s the culmination and beginning of — at the same time — a lot of hard work and the beginning of a shift, and I know for sure that there’ll be a change in the way the police police the police.”

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We Initially didn’t know how much to believe Floyd Mayweather when he told Showtime that he wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao ASAP. And, yes we heard this same storie for years, and have pretty much given hope on the match. However, Money Mayweather has resparked hopes of seeing the championship match finally come to fruition.

Less than 24 hours later, Manny responded to the champ’s words and obliged to try and make it happen again.

“He [Mayweather] has reached a dead end,” Pacquiao said, according to Sky Sports. “He has nowhere to run but to fight me. I will try my best to make this a thrilling and entertaining fight. But I doubt if he’s gonna engage me in a slugfest. You all know his fighting style. Most of his previous fights, if not all, induced us to sleep.”

Manny also responded with one hilarious Tweet earlier this afternoon.

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There’s been another stride made in the favor of medical marijuana advocates. This one came more quietly than previous victories but is a big one nonetheless. The L.A. Times reports that inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana — a major win in America’s new drug policy.

Under the change, marijuana dispensaries and shops in U.S. states where medical weed is legal no longer have to fear being raided by the feds.

Sidebar: U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

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‘Nuff said.

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Cam’ron posted an instagram video on Weds which was touching for those of us who knew and loved his late friend Huddy, but the message that went along with it also shocked Killa Cam music fans…

“Fresh off da flight.. To see my brother.. HUD 6 told me lastnite.. #AChangeGoneCome ..my last album.. #PurpleHaze2 this summer.. It’s been fun.. But HUD said we got other things to do. #Hud6″

Could this really be true? With the DJ Atrak x Cam’ron Federal Reserve project still unreleased, and a recent flow of hood movies and mixtapes…is Cam’ron really retiring from rap?

I reached out to Cam to get more details and here’s a short version of our convo…

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Jay Z may have been criticized for not wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt like the Brooklyn Nets players he posed with during Monday night’s game against the Cavs, but as we should know at this point, Hov’s actions speak for themselves.

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Monday night’s showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center drew extra attention thanks to a royal visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton, but the game also earned headlines due to players from both sides wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts before tip off, in honor of Eric Garner. Unbeknownst to many, however, the process of actually getting those T-shirts in the hands of the players was more complex than any of us could have imagined.

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Although he’s remained quiet on the music front these last few years, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) will forever be revered as one of hip-hop’s most outspoken artists when it comes to social issues. Following the one-two punch of the deaths of both Michael Brown and Eric Garner going unpunished, the Brooklyn MC sat down with Stop Being Famous to share his thoughts on the recent tragedies and what it means for society going forward.

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