In an interview with VladTV, the LOX lyricist reflected on Thugga’s legal woes and the number of co-defendants who have taken plea deals in the YSL RICO case. According to Sheek, the Atlanta rapper needs to remove these disloyal people from his life because they clearly don’t have his best interests at heart.
“I think it’s all the way horrible,” Sheek said of the plea deals. “Whatever you’re involved in, if you’re not going to go all the way with it, it’s no place for that kind of shit to even like snitch. Thug, I would get rid of all these muthafuckas around you and just take whatever they give you. Stop relying on these other guys, they’re not down with you.”
He continued: “I don’t even know these rappers to even speak on them as far as what happened all the way out there, but from what I’m seeing, it’s crazy. And I know he’s sitting backing thinking, ‘God damn, we was homies!’”
DJ Vlad claimed that his lawyer friends informed him that if Young Thug is found guilty of just one of the eight charges he’s facing, he could get 20 years in prison. Sheek felt bad and said all this could have been avoided if none of his fellow YSL members had cooperated with authorities.
“If everybody would’ve shut the fuck up, nobody would’ve been in that much trouble,” he said. “I mean, they know what they know, but still, there’s no space for n-ggas talking. That’s making everything worse. That’s why they separate you; they give you separate lawyers and do all that kind of shit.”
So far, eight YSL affiliates have taken plea deals. Those who regained their freedom ahead of the trial include Gunna, Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk, Slimelife Shawty (Winnie Lee), Lil Duke (Martinez Arnold), Trontavious Stephens, Antonio Sledge. YSL co-founder Walter Murphy and Antonio “Obama” Sumlin have also pleaded out.
However, some YSL associates ignored their respective plea deals. Tenquarius Mender, who goes by “Nard,” and Derontae Bebee both rejected plea deals last month which would have seen them released from jail. They now head to trial alongside 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 sweeping indictment that saw an initial 28 YSL affiliates arrested on RICO charges last May.
Close to 600 residents of Fulton County have been summoned for jury duty. If chosen, 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.
The jury selection process hasn’t been without controversy, though. One woman was ordered to write a 30-page essay after skipping jury duty in favor of a vacation to the Dominican Republic, per WSB-TV.
Young Thug’s lawyer Brian Steele also claimed that another potential juror attempted to reach out to him via email. While the contents of the message weren’t shared during the hearing, it was enough for the judge to order an investigation.