Come On and Do the Jailhouse Rap

Locked up (Liberation from the Lie)

Locked up (Liberation from the Lie)

Despite being whiter than a cumulus cloud on a warm summer day, I have always enjoyed rap music. Almost anything creative appeals to me in one way or another, and rap is certainly no exception. It may not be my favorite genre of music—that position is still held by reggae—but it is definitely in my top five.

Being a fan of rap music doesn’t qualify me to give rappers advice, mind you. But I do have a tip for any up-and-coming rappers who may be guilty of committing a serious crime in the past—but who were never caught: do not rap about your crime and even if you do, have the sense not to post the song online.

This very thing happened to Antwain Stewart of Newport News, Virginia recently. In the rap world he is known as Twain Gotti, but soon he may be little more than a musical memory.

In March 2009, Stewart posted a song to MySpace called “Ride Out” that included these lyrics:

Listen, walk to your boy and I approached him, 12 midnight on his traphouse porch and everybody saw when I [expletive] smoked him, roped him, sharpened up the shank then I poked him, 357 Smith & Wesson [unintelligible] scoped him, roped him, had me crackin up so I joked him, it’s betweezy six feet ova, told ya [expletive] with my money I’ll roast ya.

Investigators believe Stewart used these lyrics to brag about a double homicide he allegedly committed in 2007, when he was part of the Wickzoo street gang—they later became MOR3SH3LLZ and, according to detectives, Stewart may have been their leader.

Twain Gotti may rap himself right into jail (SNS Nightlife Magazine)

Twain Gotti may rap himself right into jail (SNS Nightlife Magazine)

The 2007 murders occurred a few days after Stewart was seen fighting in the street with Christopher Horton, a member of a rival gang called Dump Squad. Horton and his friend Brian Dean were shot to death a short time later, but no one was ever charged with the crime. And until police heard Stewart’s song, it’ s possible no one would have ever been caught.

Fortunately for authorities, any street smarts Stewart possessed were not accompanied by true intelligence, or else he would have kept “Ride On” to himself or never recorded the questionable lyrics in the first place!

Now this crazy bastard is sitting in a Virginia jail and waiting for his impending trial, which should be coming soon. The presiding judge in the case said the evidence presented to him was not beyond a reasonable doubt, but he considered it enough to move forward. And Stewart will get his day in court soon enough.

I only hope the prosecution finds enough solid evidence to convict Twain Gotti, if he is truly guilty, I mean. At that point his rap will transform into something most rappers seem to have these days: a rap sheet.

Is it possible young artists believe this to be a pre-requisite for a successful rap career?

Posted on October 4, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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