Podcast Host Taxstone Arrested in Connection with Troy Ave Shooting


Taxstone, host of the popular “Tax Season” podcast, was arrested in connection with the rapper, Troy Ave shooting at a T.I. concert at New York’s Irving Plaza last year.

According to the New York Daily News,  Tax was scheduled to appear in court on a weapons possession charge on Tuesday and has been under investigation for his alleged involvement in the May shooting.

“He will be arraigned tomorrow,” said Taxstone’s lawyer, Ken Montgomery. “We look forward to reading the complaint from the government.”

According to the Daily News, he served 18 months for weapons and robbery charges in the past. He also returned to jail in 2010 and 2012 for additional time due to parole violations. Tax often speaks about his time in jail on his “Tax Season” podcast, which boasts a 5-star rating on iTunes.

Troy Ave is currently out on $500,000 bond following the May shooting at Irving Plaza where he says he was shot and where his bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, was killed. Troy’s legal team claims he somehow took the gun away from the shooter and fired back in self-defense.

Troy’s lawyer Scott Leemon issued a statement on the matter, though he would not identify anyone as the shooter at this time. “As I told you day one, Troy was a victim,” Leemon explained. “[Troy] was shot by someone else and his friend and bodyguard died a hero.”

You Gon’ to Jail Today!! Chief Keef Sobs in the Courtroom Over Sentence


Via DNA Chicago reports:

“I beg you please,” Chief Keef told Juvenile Court Judge Carl Anthony Walker. “Give me one more chance to show you. .. I am a very good hearted person. I have not picked up any more cases… That’s not my life anymore.”

The 17-year-old rapper, whose real name is Keith Cozart, then he broke down in sobs.

But the judge hit him with a two-month sentence, nonetheless. Keef then hugged and kissed his mother and grandmother before heading off to serve his time.

Prosecutors brought the probation violation case against the Interscope Records star after he appeared in a Pitchfork.com video holding a rifle at a New York gun range. Earlier this week, Walker said Chief Keef exhibited a “clear disregard for the court’s authority” in appearing with the gun.

Before being sentenced, prosecutors read lyrics from Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” rap on his “Finally Rich” album, which debuted last month to strong sales.

Prosecutors pointed to lyrics that mentioned gangs and guns, a sign that the teen was unrepentant.

Chief Keef, in addressing the judge, called the lyrics “bull stuff.”

The sentence means Chief Keef will have to delay touring to support his new record.

Chief Keef Arrested In Chicago For Parole Violation


Judge Carl Anthony Walker found Keith “Chief  Keef”  Cozart showed a “willful disregard” of the court. He’s being held until Thursday when the judge will hold a sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors said he violated his probation in June when he visited a gun range in New York. He was prohibited by the judge from having contact with firearms. His attorney Dennis Berkson argued Cozart fired a rifle on private property as part of a promotional video. He said that didn’t violate the spirit of the judge’s order.

But Walker said it was no different than if Cozart handled a gun in a home. In that situation, he would have violated Cozart’s parole, the judge said.

Cozart, who was sentenced to 18 months probation in January 2012 for pointing a gun at Chicago cops, was handcuffed behind his back and taken out of the court Tuesday.

Cozart, who wore camouflage pants, a black-hooded sweatshirt and Timberland boots, did not address the judge or testify during the two-hour hearing.

In December, Cozart released a new album, “Finally Rich.” He was in the news last summer after another Chicago rapper, Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman, was shot to death on the South Side.

Coleman and Cozart, who were affiliated with rival gangs, were engaged in a war of words on the Internet at the time.

Cozart hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing in connection with Coleman’s killing.

(Sun Times)

Scrappy Riding Dirty???

Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Lil Scrappy was arrested for probation violations yesterday and to make matters worse he forgot to stash his stash when he got pulled over.  According to a local news report in Atlanta officers found a small amount of marijuana and a knife in Scrappy’s pockets.  A warrant was issued for Scrappy’s arrest when he failed to check in with his parole officer. Scrap is on five years probation from a 2008 marijuana conviction.