Bobby Shmurda‘s incredible year is coming to a terrible close. The Brooklyn rapper, whose “Shmoney Dance”-spawning “Hot N***a” is one of our 75 Best Songs of 2014, has been arrested yet again, and he’s about to be indicted.
New York City police arrested Shmurda along with several others last night, confirms Kati Cornell, director of public information in the office of the city’s special narcotics prosecutor. The specific charges weren’t disclosed. “These arrests were the result of a long-term investigation,” Cornell told Wondering Sound over the phone. “My office has a sealed indictment against a number of individuals.”
She said the indictment would be unsealed early on December 18, when the arraignments are scheduled to take place in Manhattan Supreme Court. And despite the name of the special narcotics prosecutor’s office, the case isn’t only about drugs. “The investigation did involve a number of violent incidents as well as narcotics trafficking,” Cornell says.
Shmurda, who’s 20 years old, is expected to release a full-length debut in 2015 on Epic; label reps told WS they don’t comment on allegations. Earlier this week, Shmurda and Atlanta rap trio Migos announced an upcoming collaborative mixtape under the name Shmigo Gang. His debut EP, Shmurda She Wrote, arrived on November 10, and it has already led to two Hot 100 records, the top 10 “Hot N***A” — boosted by the Vine video of Shmurda’s now-famous dance move — and its follow-up “Bobby Bitch.”
The latest arrest isn’t Shmurda’s first run-in with the law. A judge recently extended bail for the rapper, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, in connection with a felony gun charge stemming from an arrest in June. Shmurda was also arrested in October on a misdemeanor marijuana charge.