YFN Lucci charged with racketeering and gang-related violence, Internet says 'hood mentality is a curse'
YFN Lucci already faces charges for murder over a shootout in December 2020
Rapper YFN Lucci has been charged with an indictment along with a dozen others in Atlanta. The charges in relation to the members of the Bloods gang include racketeering, aggravated assault, murder, gun, armed robbery, property damage, and theft.
According to ABC News, A Fulton County grand jury handed up the 105-count indictment on Friday which came from a six-month-long investigation, as revealed by Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton in a press conference. “We are serious about the violence in Atlanta. We are serious about holding people accountable.”
What does the indictment say?
According to ABC News, the indictment alleges that each of the 12 people charged with is related to sub-groups of the national Bloods gang. According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant shed further light on the matter and said, “I think that it sends a significant message, a profound message that regardless of your status that the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in partnership is coming after you if you violate the crimes in our county, in our city,”
The indictment also said that all the charged people had connections to each other and they committed crimes with an intention to maintain control of territory and enhance the gang’s reputation. YFN Lucci already faces charges for murder over a shootout that took place on December 10, 2020. The hip-hop artist whose real name is Rayshawn Lamar Bennett, was involved in a shooting that left one man dead and another injured last month in southwest Atlanta. All his charges fall under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. For the unversed, RICO is a federal law that focuses specifically on racketeering. It provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
The Atlanta native has been dropping music since 2014 and has gradually gained a decent fan-following. The 30-year-old rapper got signed to Think It's A Game Entertainment in 2014 and dropped his debut mixtape ‘Wish Me Well’ in the same year. In 2016, he released a sequel of the tape and called it ‘Wish Me Well 2’, which included his biggest single to date ‘Key to the Streets’ featuring Migos and Trouble. Lucci released his debut album ‘Ray Ray From Summerhill’ in 2018 that peaked at 14 on the Billboard 200 chart. Lucci currently has 4 million followers on his official Instagram account.
‘Damn RICO charges are no joke’
As soon as the news of the rapper getting charged with an indictment under RICO hit the Internet, a lot of social media users logged into Twitter to speak their mind. One user stated, “That hood mentality is a curse. These guys get rich and can't leave that hood shit alone and throw everything away like they didn't want gen have it.” One added, “Blk Folks have an innate ability to turn negative into positive. From food, words, and our environment. We have been turning shit into sugar for so long we can’t distinguish the difference.” The next one asserted, “A lot of artists I believe will be going down in a Rico fashion the man going silence these New gang hip hop artists which is almost all of them.” One posted, “He better run this time.” Another user concluded, “Damn RICO charges are no joke.”
That hood mentality is a curse. These guys get rich and can't leave that hood shit alone and throw everything away like they didn't want gen have it— Tyler (@Tyler94119562) May 4, 2021
Blk Folks have an innate ability to turn negative into positive. From food, words, and our environment. We have been turning shit into sugar for so long we can’t distinguish the difference.— UrDaddysFavDaddy (@CaliScorpio89) May 5, 2021
A lot of artists I believe will be going down in a Rico fashion the man going silence these New gang hip hop artists which is almost all of them— changman (@changman751) May 4, 2021
He better run this time— DuaneKing (@Duaneking009) May 4, 2021
damn RICO charges are no joke— PremeClientele (@mike_s2891) May 4, 2021