Young Thug Was Arrested for Gang-Related Activity

"If this means the end of young thug’s career, it’s such a huge loss for hip hop."
By Savannah Moss
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Popular rapper Young Thug was arrested in his home in Atlanta for gang-related reasons according to the police. The rapper, Jeffery Lamar Williams was charged with “conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and participation in criminal street gang activity” according to CNN. Williams was not the only person indicted, but 27 other people a part of the same street gang. The District Attorney, Attorney Fani Willis in Fulton County, had recently promised to assist in the street gangs present in Atlanta. But, when the news came out, many on Twitter were shocked, especially since the indictment says that he was the founder of Young Slime Life, a criminal street gang.

All 28 of those who were indicted were charged with RICO, which has been used in cases of organized crimes. Willis, the DA, also noted that gangs are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in Atlanta. She also noted that RICO charges should also be expected when it comes to other street gangs. The indictment claims that the gang was responsible for several crimes, all ranging in variety, like murder, attempted murder, and robbing or theft. Now, many are wondering how William’s rap lyrics will impact him in prosecution. Although this tactic has been used before, many note that rappers should be allowed to talk about violence, just like other people who are artists, like filmmakers or writers.

Although some of the rapper’s music includes violence, he has also been known for his part in Childish Gambino’s “This is America” which has social commentary on the state of affairs in the country. He also appeared on Camila Cabello’s “Havana.” So, many pointed out it is not fair to say that he only raps about things including violence.

Some online thought of William’s children, especially after the mother of one of his children was killed in March. Others also discussed the seriousness of the charges, especially since all of them were charged with RICO.