Epic/E1 Records rapper Yung Berg is not new to robbery and altercation. The Chicago-born rapper who began his career as an artist on DMX’s Bloodline Records was victim to a highly-publicized attacking in Detroit in 2008 that involved rapper Trick Trick.That incident left Berg with his jewelry stolen, and began a series of online postings taunting the then-21 year-old entertainer. Later that year, rapper Maino also “slapped” Berg at a New York event and told the press, he let Berg “keep his chain.”
That was not the case this past weekend, says Los Angeles police officials. TMZ.com reports that during a party at a gathering in a Los Angeles’ historic Mulholland Drive, four men trespassed at 2am Monday morning (February 22). After waving pistols, the assailants pistol-whipped two of the party-goers, one of which was Berg, and split with a reported $10,000 in cash and jewels.
At the time of TMZ’s story, Berg’s reps state that the rapper was in Las Vegas during the weekend. That rep said they had heard nothing about Monday’s incident.
The Los Angeles Times claims the house of the robbery to be owned by a “Rap record label,” though the specifics have yet to be confirmed.
UPDATE: Yung Berg just posted this video:
He said the following, reportedly from Las Vegas. “So basically there is a story on TMZ or whatever. Thanks for the free promo and publicity right now. It’s just not the right publicity. I wish y’all was talking about the album or mixtape. I am fine. I’m straight. I’m still gorgeous. I love you mom, Thanks for these good genes.”
It was unclear whether or not Berg was confirming or denying the reports. After giving fans his status, he said the following. “Stop paying attention to bullshit. It ain’t about nothing. It gets you nowhere.”
UPDATE: Speaking with MTV yesterday, Yung Berg opened up and confirmed that he was in Las Vegas at the time of the Los Angeles robbery, thus not involved in anyway. Frustrated, the rapper added, “It’s crazy to me how one lie from one person when you in the limelight and got this type of shine, one lie could do these type of things. I wasn’t going to speak about it because it was lie.”
Berg stressed that the only reason he did in fact speak, recording the YouTube post above, was to let family and fans know that he was safe and healthy.
Download one of Berg’s more recent tapes, Yung Boss Or Die Volume 2 with The Empire, Nik Bean and Kidd Domination here.
Musically, Berg focused on mixtapes in 2009. His last album was 2008’s Look What You Made Me, which debuted in the Top 25 of the charts.