ATLANTA – Atlanta rapper Gunna is behind bars, but he’s still helping a business thanks to the clothes he wore when he turned himself in to the police.
According to TMZ, fans of the “Pushing P” rapper are flocking to clothing company Laropa to buy a hoodie the rapper was seen wearing in his mug shot.
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Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, was booked Tuesday on a Fulton County racketeering charge.
TMZ says the clothing company that makes the $300 hoodie saw a 15% jump in sales on Wednesday and a 24% jump on Thursday.
Gunna has no ties to the company; It turned out that she was wearing the hoodie during her arrest.
Several other rappers have worn clothing from Laropa in the past, including Young Thug, who is also part of Fulton County’s massive indictment against the YSL organization.
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Sergio Kitchens (Fulton County Jail)
Gunna arrested in Fulton County
Gunna was arrested as part of an investigation into what officials say is a violent street gang that committed multiple murders, shootings and carjackings over about a decade.
The 88-page indictment filed Monday in Georgia’s Fulton County cites lyrics from several music videos as evidence and charges alleged gang members with committing violent crimes to raise money for the gang, promote its reputation and enhance its power and territory.
“No matter what your notoriety is, no matter what your fame is, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and commit crimes … you will become a target and a focus of this district attorney’s office, and we are going to prosecute you with full force of the law,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said Tuesday at a news conference to announce the charges.
The massive indictment claims that Gunna was part of a gang that has terrorized Atlanta for a decade. In all, 28 people are charged on a list of crimes related to gang activity.
The indictment also accuses gang members of attempting to kill rapper YFN Lucci, whose given name is Rayshawn Bennett, by “stabbing and stabbing” him with a ditch at the Fulton County Jail. YFN Lucci was among a dozen people charged in another gang-related RICO indictment in Fulton County a year ago.
Gunna’s arrest comes days after police arrested rapper Young Thug, whose first name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, at his Buckhead home.
What is “Young Slime Life” company?
The “Young Slime Life” company began as a street gang in the Cleveland Avenue area of Atlanta in 2012, according to the indictment. Williams, who also goes by “Slime,” along with Murphy, who goes by “DK,” and Stephens, who goes by “Tick” or “Slug,” creates him as an affiliate of the national Bloods gang, according to the court document. . Williams has been known to mention him in his songs and on social media. The indictment stated that in its 10 years, it has expanded to include “the surrounding metro Atlanta area.”
Some YSL members claim to have close ties to the Blood SexMoneyMurder subgroup gangs or 30 Deep, the indictment continued. Associates wear red for Bloods and green for Slime. The indictment states that they also wear clothing that has “YSL” or “Slime” on it. They may also have similar pendants with those words or “SLATT”.
Like many gangs, YSL uses a variety of hand signs. The indictment describes a couple including wiping their noses with their index fingers. Another hand sign is the curving of the ring and little fingers inward toward the palm.
“The extended middle and index fingers represent the ‘Y’. The curved middle finger and curved ring finger represent the ‘S’. The extended index finger and thumb represent the ‘L,'” the indictment says.
Members will also do “the ‘two guns’ hand sign by forming finger guns and pointing them in opposite directions.”
The words “BLATT,” which stands for “Blood Love All the Time” and “SLATT,” which stands for “Slime Love All the Time,” are also used, the court document shows.
“Cleveland Avenue is also referred to as ‘Bleveland,’ replacing the ‘C’ with a ‘B.’ The Green Heart, Green Snake, Blowing Nose, and Green Puke emojis are also symbols commonly used by YSL members,” the indictment reads.
What is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)?
The arrest of Gunna and Young Thug has brought the common yet complex charge of RICO back into the public spotlight.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, was developed to combat organized crime. It was enacted in 1970 after President Richard Nixon signed it into law.
At the federal level, RICO was originally intended to be used to combat the mob. It is based on a list of 27 federal crimes and eight state crimes committed repeatedly over the course of a 10-year period. Those crimes can include fraud, theft, computer crimes, embezzlement, credit scams, investment schemes, human trafficking, illegal gambling, bribery, kidnapping, murder, money laundering, forgery, and various drug charges.
The Department of Justice has used RICO to dismantle multiple crime families, including the Gambions, and has also helped root out corruption in various city police departments, including those in Key West and Los Angeles. Prosecutors also used RICO to try to dismantle various street gangs and helped prosecute businesses that violate federal law.
Georgia’s RICO statutes are similar to the federal version, but are much broader in that the criminal “enterprise” does not have to exist for as long. Georgia is one of 33 states that has its own RICO statutes. However, under both state and federal law, a pattern of criminal enterprise must be established.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office recently hired a RICO expert to investigate potential efforts by former President Donald Trump and others to influence last year’s general election.
Violating RICO carries a maximum of 20 years and a fine that is “greater than $25,000 or three times the amount of pecuniary gain.”
Under RICO, affected victims can seek civil relief without the defendant being able to hide behind bankruptcy to avoid trial or restitution.
Associated Press contributed to this report.