Bobby Shmurda, was taken into custody wearing cuffs shortly after he left a The notorious Quad Studios near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. He’s facing a “gang conspiracy” indictment, pinned to a series of shootings that devastated the city, law enforcement sources said.
Shmurda, 20, was brought into custody during the predawn hours on Wednesday by Narcotics detectives who subsequently attained a warrant and searched the recording studio and his car parked nearby—turning up three guns, sources said.
Cops rounded up another aspiring hip-hop artist known as Rowdy Rebel, in the recording studio where police also recovered 16 handguns, authorities said. All of them reportedly facing conspiracy charges, which remain sealed until after their arraignments.
The Miami-born rapper (whose real name is Ackquille Jean Pollard) is believed to be tied to a rash of gang-related shootings, drug-related crimes and “acts of violence,” police sources said.
The arrest is another blemish for the Quad Recording Studios, which a decade ago, the poetic hip hop artist Tupac was ambushed by a trio of shooters. The rapper survived the attack, where he took five slugs. Shortly after coming to, Tupac publicly fingered rival East Coast rapper Biggie Smalls and his crew for ordering the assassination attempt.
“My music is straight facts,” Pollard recently told New York Magazine. “There are a lot of gangsters in my ‘hood.”
Pollard’s criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said.
His “Hot Boy” video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”