Rap News Rundown: Bobby Shmurda, Jeezy, Suge Knight, Lil Phat

This week's Rap News Rundown is all about guns and murder.

Bobby Shmurda is currently riding high off the success of his single "Hot N*****," but it might be a short flight. TMZ recently discovered that the New York rapper was arrested back in June and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon. According to the website, cops saw Shmurda holding a weapon inside a Brownsville apartment, and when they confronted him, the rapper attempted, unsuccessfully, to conceal the 9-mm pistol inside a couch. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

In related news, Shmurda's recent New Jersey concert ended in gunfire outside the nightclub where it was held. No one was injured, but police had trouble containing the rowdy crowd.

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Bobby Shmurda is currently riding high off the success of his single "Hot N*****," but it might be a short flight. TMZ recently discovered that the New York rapper was arrested back in June and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon. According to the website, cops saw Shmurda holding a weapon inside a Brownsville apartment, and when they confronted him, the rapper attempted, unsuccessfully, to conceal the 9-mm pistol inside a couch. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

In related news, Shmurda's recent New Jersey concert ended in gunfire outside the nightclub where it was held. No one was injured, but police had trouble containing the rowdy crowd.

Jeezy Arrested for Weapons Possession, Pleads Not Guilty

Last weekend, Jeezy was arrested for illegal possession of an assault weapon. Searching his tour bus following a fatal shooting backstage at one of his concerts in California, police located an AK-47 assault rifle. Five other men, two of whom are convicted felons, were also on the bus at the time. They were arrested and charged, since no one would admit to owning the weapon. The southern rapper has since pleaded not guilty to the charge, and he posted a $1 million bail bond for himself and the other men.

Steve Carless, president of Jeezy's record label CTE, confirmed the rapper's release to Billboard. "Young Jeezy has posted bail for all six people [who were arrested]. He will be released [Aug. 28] in the next hour or so," said Carless. "A full statement is coming soon."

Suge Knight Shot at Pre-VMA Party

The VMA pre-party hosted by singer Chris Brown ended in gunfire. Suge Knight was shot six times, and two others around him, a 19-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, were also injured. Reports indicate there was only one shooter, and he was caught on video. Some believe the shooting may be gang-related given Knight's and Brown's affiliation with the Bloods, but Suge isn't thought to have been a target.

A rep for Chris Brown released a statement distancing the singer from the shooting. "This incident did not involve Chris. He was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation," said the rep.

Oddly, this is Knight's second time getting shot at a pre-VMA party. It also happened at a Miami party hosted by Kanye in 2005.

Eldorado Red & Others Convicted For Slaying of Lil Phat

On Friday, rapper Eldorado Red and two other men were convicted of murdering rapper Lil Phat in an Atlanta hospital parking lot back in 2012, while he was waiting for his child to be born.

Red was sentenced to 25 years for participating in criminal street gang activity and conspiracy to commit a crime. Deandre Washington, 25, was given life without parole for murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a slew of other charges. And Maurice Conner, 29, received 30 years for participation in criminal street gang activity, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Prosecutors say the motive for the murder was the alleged theft of ten pounds of marijuana that Red and the others believed Lil Phat had planned.


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