While Young Thug was unable to carry out at Hot 97 Summer Jam in New Jersey on Sunday (June 12) as a consequence of his current arrest, the rapper was nonetheless current by way of an audio message that performed towards the top of the evening.
Hot 97 broadcasted a video on the MetLife Stadium screens exhibiting stars like DJ Khaled, Polo G, and G Herbo voicing their assist for each Young Thug and Gunna, who’re each presently in custody. “Hey how y’all doin? This is Thug,” Young Thug himself is heard saying in an audio message on the finish of the video. “I just want to say thank you to all my friends and my family for coming out and supporting us. You know, your support during this time means a lot to us. You know, this isn’t just about me or YSL. I always use my music as a form of artistic expression, and now I see that Black artists and rappers don’t have that freedom.”
Thug went on to encourage everybody who was current on the present to signal the “Protect Black Art” petition launched by music executives Kevin Liles and Julie Greenwald. The petition calls for that lyrics aren’t used as felony proof. When Atlanta prosecutors indicted Young Thug and dozens of others in a sweeping felony case in May, they cited closely from the rapper’s personal music – a controversial tactic that activists throughout the nation try to rein in.
“This practice isn’t just a violation of First Amendment protections for speech and creative expression,” the petition’s description reads. “It punishes already marginalized communities and silences their stories of family, struggle, survival, and triumph.”
“Keep praying for us,” Young Thug ended his audio message. “I love you all.”
Young Thug is presently accused of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and participation in felony avenue gang exercise.
In his indictment, Young Thug is alleged to be one in every of three founders of the Young Slime Life, “a criminal street gang that started in late 2012” in Atlanta. Charges embody “Preserving, protecting and enhancing the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise through acts of racketeering activity including murder, assault and threats of violence.” He was subsequently charged with seven extra felonies on May 11, together with possession of medicine and unlawful firearms, primarily based on gadgets discovered at his house throughout his arrest earlier within the week. On May 12, a Fulton County choose denied the rapper bond primarily based on that second spherical of fees introduced after the indictment.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the RICO act cost comes from an alleged offense from January 2013, whereas the gang exercise cost allegedly occurred in a May 2018 incident.