Young Thug, an Atlanta-based rapper, was arrested in May on allegations of breaking the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and engaging in illegal street gang activity.
Young Thug has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, and possession of prohibited firearms as part of a wider 56-count grand jury indictment. The indictment names 28 members of the YSL “criminal street gang,” including fellow rapper Gunna. While Gunna was released, Young Thug’s case is still ongoing.
Young Thug rose to prominence in 2013 with his mixtape 1017 Thug. So Much Fun, his debut studio album, was released in 2019. Young Thug has collaborated with artists from numerous genres, including Future, Travis Scott, and Camila Cabello, and is known for his unusual high-pitched, melodic flow that combines singing and rapping.
Young Thug’s friends have taken to social media to show their support as he awaits his trial. Don Toliver, Metro Boomin, and A$AP Rocky posed for a photo on Instagram holding “Free Young Thug” t-shirts. “Free Jeff till Jeff free!!” reads the caption, referring to Young Thug’s given name.
Young Thug was charged with only eight charges, including conspiracy to violate the RICO Act, participation in criminal gang activity, and possession of marijuana and codeine with intent to distribute. The rapper was given permission to attend his sister’s burial for a short time.
The jury selection process for Young Thug’s trial is still ongoing and has encountered various setbacks. A potential juror was recently imprisoned for photographing the courtroom. With the conclusion of the trial unpredictable and the start date unknown, Young Thug’s followers are hoping for a favorable outcome once the trial begins.
As Young Thug’s legal struggle continues, his friends and fans unite in support of him, demanding his release and expressing solidarity. The rapper’s future remains unknown as he faces major RICO Act and gang-related allegations. It remains to be seen whether Young Thug can overcome these obstacles and resume his great music career.