Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane was again in court Tuesday, this time facing federal gun possession charges.
The local hip hop star, whose real name is Radric Davis, was arraigned before a federal judge on two counts of gun possession by a convicted felon.
Davis, 33, is accused of displaying two different loaded handguns and acting erratically twice in September, both incidents occurring within days of one another, prosecutors said.
“We are actively reviewing the discovery (of evidence federal and local authorities have in the case),” Davis’ attorney Drew Findling said.
According to the federal indictments, on Sept. 12, Davis had a Taurus 45-caliber handgun and eight rounds of ammunition. Days later on Sept. 14, the indictment claims he was in possession of a Glock 40-caliber handgun and 11 rounds of ammunition.
If convicted on each count, Davis faces up to 20 years in federal prison and fines up to $500,000, court officials said.
He has been convicted twice, once in Fulton County in 2005 for assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault, and again in Dade County, Fla., that same year for possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, according to court documents.
Davis will be detained until his trial, but it is unclear whether DeKalb County Jail officials will relinquish custody to federal officials. He has been in the DeKalb facility since a Sept. 14 arrest.
Fulton County authorities have a hold on Davis for a probation violation from a March arrest on assault charges.
His next federal court hearing is scheduled for early January, Findling said.
From funk lords like Bootsy Collins to hard-nosed sports figures like Pete Rose, Cincinnati has birthed some of the most remembered names in American culture. Do not be surprised when you see ‘Nati-bred rapper Street Lotto name added to the city’s impressive lineage.
Reared in the city’s Avondale (A-1) section, Street Lotto grew up surrounded by Hip-Hop and self-expression both directly and indirectly. Without a successful local rap musician to look to, Street Lotto was instantly inspired by nationally recognized artist, such as Snoop Dogg, Scarface, Jay Z, Biggie Smalls, Nas, 50 Cent and Eminem. In hindsight, Lotto now credits his father as a major influence. Since his father’s passing, Lotto started collecting his father’s journals and self-composed poetry. “My father was a lover of books and poetry. He kept a journal since he was a teenager. He was a definite influence in my rap career,” expresses Lotto.
Recognizing that there was little to no musical opportunities in Cincinnati, Lotto relocated to Atlanta Georgia and immediately started networking, grinding and making connections that would to lead to working with the rap’s world elite. In addition, Lotto had an invitation to travel to Los Angeles to work with Dogg Pound’s Daz Dillinger. As a result of his experiences in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Los Angeles, Street Lotto has developed a style that reminds you of both the struggles and victories in life.
Lotto is rhyming about enjoying the rewards of his hard work on the Dee Jay Dana produced cut “Grown Man.” Also, he displaying his unique swagger on the street heater “Dogg Headz”, which features West Coast veteran Dogg Pound member Daz Dillinger. “Dogg Headz was featured on Street Lotto’s 2010 debut LP, “Game & Fortune.” His debut album received rave reviews since it’s internet release. With the sign of approval by WDJP’s own DJ TRUUF, “Game and Fortune” hit the net with over 18,000 downloads with no promotion. The album featured appearances by 98 degrees band member Jeff Timmons for the track “As far As Eyes Can See,” R&B crooner Jarvis on “Why Wouldn’t I” and ” She’s A Winner.” In addition, Lotto is currently endorsed by ZOOZBEAT, the COCA COLA sponsored application for Apple’s Iphone.
Lotto continues his hard work in 2011 with his current music. “I am recording new music for my fans and to stay relevant in this changing music business. I’m originally from the midwest therefore, it’s only natural that I make music for people across the board to reach the masses, Hip-Hop is here to stay,” exclaims Lotto.
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Marcus C., better known as “Parkway Marc”, is one of the most well known “unknown” rap artists in the Atlanta city limits. Growing up in the infamous “Concrete Jungle” of Atlanta’s drug infested downtown area known as the “4th Ward”, Parkway gained credibility and respect. Born in Grady Homes (G-Town) and raised on Parkway/Ralph McGill Blvd.(Parkway Plaza). By combining his street sense and book intelligence into his rhymes, he developed a unique flow that challenged anyone to try and top his lyrical delivery.
Listening to some of his tracks you hear him recall life on the Boulevard as a continual game with the police, dodging their every move while living the fast life that he’s always known from the streets. Lyrically, Parkway produces a street scene that is often rapped by many, but truly lived by few. By using what he likes to call “Real Rap”, Parkway introduces his listeners to his life in the streets of Atlanta. In a vehement southern dialect he forces you to enter the Dirty South by describing some of the city’s most gritty areas and dealings.
He attributes his musical influence to NWA, Easy-E, Ice Cube, and Tupac Shakur, to name a few. Since forming D$KG Records with C.A.T.M.A.N., his homeboy from S. Carolina, Parkway has begun to produce his own beats and record his own tracks. As an entrepreneur, he has produced, published, engineered, and recorded a number of tracks for emerging rappers as many as well known names in the Atlanta area.
Some artists that Parkway has worked with many artists that include Tupac, ATFam, C.A.T.M.A.N., Donkee Boy (SD), Goldmouf, Drizzle Dollar, and Thug Nation, among others. With his hit song of 2004, “Leave Me Alone”, he caught the ears of local radio stations. They loved the song and how real the lyrics were, but the words were too much for the radio. Fearing that the song would lose its force if edited a radio version was never produced. This was a tough set back, but it proved that he has the skill and talent to reach the masses. Although some aren’t ready what Parkway likes to characterize as “Conscious Music”, many can relate to the struggles and hardships made known in his lyrics. In one of Parkway’s most memorable moments he was rapping for 2PAC in ’96, 2pac said it best: “You damn ‘sho gangster, send me that demo”. Not long after that 2pac was killed. Back to square one.
We will definitely be hearing more from Parkway Marc and DSKG. Check out his new single, “ALL I KNOW IS GO”; it speaks for itself.
With several videos; he’s making a big impact on YouTube with thousands of views and counting. His music is ranked in the top percentile of majority of the big social music sites for hip-hop & rap.
Born Patrick Goins Jr. in Hamilton, Ohio and later moving to Cincinnati, Ohio around the forest park area where he was raised and a graduate from Princeton High School, class of 2008. His father, Patrick Goins Sr. has been incarcerated since he was 5 months old. With the absence of his father he was raised in a single parent home by his mother Charleen Walker, who worked very hard to support him and his younger brother and sister. The hard times and struggles they endured empowered SAGA to strive to work hard at everything he did as a youth an even more to this present day. To do his best against all odds and events that occurred in his life and the many obstacles that he has overcome is what motivates SAGA to do all he can to be able to provide his family a better life.
SAGA began rapping and free styling at a young age of 10 years old. He was also involved in sports and played in an AAU basketball league. Going through high school is when his music talents started to resurface and he worked hard to balance his dreams and avoid trouble which wasn’t easy. He began writing everyday improving his lyrical and subject matter skills using inspiration from major artist such as Jay-Z and Eminem. He began rhyming in a lot of neighborhoods with other local cyphers and rappers becoming better every time where people began to recognize his talent more and more. He took the next steps and began to record songs and from there he had gained a good following of true fans on the world wide social network www.myspace.com where his songs received thousands of plays.
In the fall of 2009 he moved to Atlanta to pursue his music career and video production skills he had grew fond of at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he attended for one year. While in Atlanta he met music and CEO Manager by the name of Todd Vaughn. Todd owns his own independent label True Reality Productions through the state of Georgia. They joined forces an began working on music featuring SAGA on a compilation album called Buick Music Vol.1 that’s currently on ITunes through True Reality Productions. In February of 2011 they released SAGA first official mix tape entitled “This Aint Music This Is Life Vol.1” which is currently on online now on Tweet my mixtape.com.
Since the release of his mixtape his fans and following has continued to grow, later in 2011 SAGA had also featured in a hip hop magazine called Mandatory Business owned by Jt The Bigga Figga and co owned by Snoop Dogg for his mixtape “This Aint Music This Is Life Vol.1”. SAGA continues to work to improve himself as all around artist. The key subject of his music comes from the pain, joy, experience, struggle, and true emotion of his life that he has went through and how it affected him growing up and what obstacles he still is overcoming presently. He likes to express himself wholeheartedly in his music with a very open mind and heart. SAGA continues to work on some various projects that are yet to come.
Follow Him On Twitter: https://twitter.com/SagaTheGreat1
Checkout His Mixtape On Datpiff:http://www.datpiff.com/Saga-The-Great-This-Aint-Music-This-Is-Life-vol-2-mixtape.410610.html
While stopping by at BET’s “106 & Park,” T.I. explained the title of his latest album, Trouble Man.
Tip was asked why he titled his album after a song by Marvin Gaye.
“I felt like at that moment in time, Marvin Gaye’s life embodied what the word ‘Trouble Man’ and what the song meant in all senses of the word,” he explained. “And today… I feel like the past six, seven years of my life, and the adversity…in my life that I have endured and overcame, that is synonymous and it embodies what the word ‘Trouble Man’ means today.”
“Marvin Gaye did it for them back then, and I’m doing it for us right now,” added Tip. “Nothing but love and respect, and nothing but salutations and respect to Marvin Gaye and his whole family.”
T.I. also discussed the feel of the album. “It has a more balanced blend of that vintage ‘You Don’t Know Me,’ ‘Top Back,’ Trap Muzik sound with some of the more mainstream radio records that you heard from Paper Trail.” said T.I. “It’s more of a cohesive blend.”