Rapper Young Thug was one of 28 people charged Monday in Georgia on conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO law and street gang charges, according to prison records.
The Atlanta rapper, whose name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested at his home in Buckhead, an Atlanta neighborhood just north of downtown. He is being held at Fulton County Jail.
The conspiracy charge dates back to 2013 and the gang charge to 2018, according to the prison file.
Young Thug is believed to be one of three founders of Young Slime Life, “a criminal street gang that began in late 2012” in Atlanta, according to the indictment. YSL is affiliated with the national Bloods gang, officials said. The charges include “preserving, protecting and enhancing corporate reputation, power and territory through acts of racketeering activity, including murder, assault and threats of violence” .
Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, told local media that “Mr. Williams has committed no crime” and that he “would fight to the last drop of blood to clear it”.
He will make his first court appearance on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
Atlanta rapper Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens, and aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger, who was already in jail, were also indicted on Monday, accused of shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February. It’s not immediately clear if Gunna, who is charged with conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO law, has been arrested.
In April 2021, Young Thug and Gunna posted bail for 30 low-level inmates who were unable to pay the fees themselves.
Young Thug’s label was called YSL Records or Young Stoner Life Records. The label refers to its artists as part of the “Slime Family”, and a compilation album titled “Slime Language 2” reached No. 1 on the charts in April 2021.