In an interview with VladTV, the LOX lyricist reflected on Thugga’s legal troubles and the number of co-defendants who have taken plea deals in the YSL RICO case. According to Sheek, the Atlanta rapper needs to cut these disloyal people out of his life because they clearly don’t have his best interests at heart.
“I think it’s absolutely terrible,” Sheek said of the deals. “Whatever you’re into, if you’re not going to go all the way with it, there’s no place where that kind of shit can even look like bullshit. Thug, I’d get rid of all these muthafuckas around you and just take what they give you. Stop trusting these other guys, they’re not down with you.”
He continued, “I don’t even know these rappers to talk about what happened all the way out there, but from what I see, it’s crazy. And I know he’s sitting back and thinking, ‘Damn , we were lovers!'”
DJ Vlad claimed that his lawyer friends informed him that if Young Thug is found guilty of even one of eight charges he faces, he could get 20 years in prison. Sheek felt bad and said that all of this could have been avoided if none of his other YSL members had cooperated with the authorities.
“If everyone would have shut up, no one would have been in so much trouble,” he said. “I mean, they know what they know, but still there’s no place for n-ggas talk. It makes everything worse. That’s why they separate you; they give you separate lawyers and do all that shit.”
So far, eight YSL affiliates have signed deals. Those who regained their freedom prior to trial included GunnaYoung Thug’s brother Unphonic, Slimelife Shawty (Winnie Lee), Lil Duke (Martinez Arnold), Trontavious Stephens, Antonio Sledge. YSL co-founder Walter Murphy and Antonio “Obama” Sumlin have also pleaded.
However, some YSL employees ignored their respective plea agreements. Tenquarius Mender, who goes by “Nard,” and Derontae Bebee both rejected plea deals last month that would have seen them released from prison. They will now go to court together with Thugger, with Nard facing 50 years and Bebee facing a life sentence.
Jury selection for the trial – which will see Young Thug and 13 co-defendants tried together – began on January 4, when potential jurors watched a three-hour video of Judge Ural Glanville reading the extensive indictment in which the first 28 YSL associates was arrested on RICO charges last May.
Close to 600 Fulton County residents have been summoned for jury duty. If elected, they will be tasked with deciding the fate of Thugger and his YSL cohorts, who prosecutors have accused of being part of a “criminal street gang” behind a series of violent crimes in the Atlanta area, including murder.
However, the jury selection process has not been without controversy. One woman was ordered to write a 30-page essay after skipping jury duty in favor of a vacation to the Dominican Republic, according to WSB-TV.
Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steele also claimed that another potential juror Tried contacting him via email. Although the content of the message was not shared during the hearing, it was enough for the judge to order an investigation.