SpotemGottem arrested: ‘Beat Box’ hitmaker, 19, nabbed by US Marshals in Florida hotel room
Jacksonville rapper Nehemiah Lamar Harden was lying in bed at the time of his arrest with an AK-47 pistol next to him
SpotemGottem, whose real name is Nehemiah Lamar Harden, was arrested on Thursday, July 15, after cops found him in a hotel room lying next to a semi-automatic rifle. The 19-year-old rapper from Jacksonville was tracked down by US. Marshals to a hotel in the city of Aventura, just north of Miami, as reported by NBC Miami.
The teen rapper, who was recently spotted at the red carpet of BET Awards 2021, was busted with an AK-47 in the hotel room. According to authorities, the rapper is facing several charges including aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and accessory after the fact to a felony. SpotemGottem was granted an $18,500 bond during a Friday, July 16, hearing. Speaking of arrests, crimes among rappers is not a new thing. Hip-hop artists such as Polo G and Bandman Kevo were recently arrested whereas, a member from DaBaby’s entourage identified as Wisdom Awute was arrested for attempted murder. Atlanta rapper Metro Marrs, who is Migos’ label mate also got detained recently for throwing $10K in air during his graduation ceremony.
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Who is SpottemGottem?
SpottemGottem is best known for his hit single called ‘Beat Box’ which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song later led to the origin of #BeatBoxChallenge that TikTok and Instagram by storm. The viral song later also got a remix from the likes of DaBaby, Mulatto and a few others. One of the official remixes also included rapper Pooh Shiesty. The hip-hop artist first shot to fame with his track Street Gossip towards the end of 2018. He later dropped a five-song mixtape called ‘Osama Story’ which further cemented his position in the game.
Why was SpottemGottem arrested?
SpotemGottem’s arrest stems from a case reported in June 2021. The rapper was apparently in a car with a bunch of his friends when they broke the gate at a parking garage located near 10th Street and Collins Avenue. The rapper reportedly pulled out a semi-automatic weapon over the $80 parking fee, as reported by Local 10. The victim, who was working at the garage, revealed that four Dodge Chargers, colors white, green, gray and burgundy, arrived at the establishment and parked and argued over the payment. SpotemGottem told the victim, “You know what it is” before fleeing from the scene.
SpotemGottem was later taken into custody. He was apprehended at 20805 Biscayne Blvd., which is listed as AC Hotel Miami Aventura, by the Miami Beach Police Department, with help from US Marshals. The rapper was scheduled to perform at the Rolling Loud festival on July 23 in Miami.