22Gz was arrested this week and charged with second-degree murder. According to the New York City Department of Corrections website, the Brooklyn Drill rapper was taken into custody after landing at John F. Kennedy airport on Sunday (June 12) and bond has been set at $500,000.
As reported by the New York Post, 22GZ (real name Jeffrey Alexander) faces charges from a March shooting inside a Marine Park, Brooklyn party hall where a 31-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot. The victim provided a description of the suspect to NYPD officers before being transported to Brookdale University Hospital for treatment.
Police said 22Gz was also charged with second-degree assault, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Monday night (June 13) and is expected to post bond with the help of a bondsman.
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22Gz has had numerous run-ins with the law over the years. In 2017, he was accused of killing a man during a fight over a parking spot in Miami Beach. Prosecutors later dropped the charges, although he served several months in jail before being released.
Just a year later, he was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal trespassing after he was found with a taser and large quantity of weed in a Brooklyn basement.
From the outside, it appeared the 24-year-old artist was trying to move differently. In a recent interview with HipHopDX, he advised younger rappers not to be so direct with the diss records.
“All these young n-ggas, they got heat, I ain’t gon’ lie,” 22Gz began around the 2:30-mark. “They got heat. They doin’ they thing. Just gotta dumb they dissin’ down cause n-ggas don’t hear you, n-ggas straight hear the dissin’ and say fuck the whole song, ya heard? […] Like bro, a n-gga moms can’t hear that type shit. You really trying to make it or what? You playin’.”
Watch the interview below.