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Foogiano arrested in Memphis, will be returned

April 02, 2021 - 00:00
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    Kwame Khalil Brown

Rap artist Foogiano will be returning to his native Greene County soon in the company of law enforcement officers.

The 27-year-old rapper was arrested in Memphis March 11 on a fugitive from justice warrant served by the U.S. Marshal’s Office, according to the Memphis police.

Foogiano, whose real name is Kwame Khalil Brown, was released on a $50,000 cash bond last December following a charge that he violated his probation for a previous burglary conviction and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

But according to a story in the Athens Banner-Herald, the monitor was later found melted off and dumped on a roadside in Barrow County.

According to news reports, Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Monday his office is awaiting an extradition order for Brown. The warrant for his arrest was obtained by the probation department in Greene County.

Brown will have a court hearing Friday in Memphis, according to Shelby County (Tennessee) jail records.

Brown, who is represented by rap artist Gucci Mane of Atlanta, released an album called “Gutta Baby” last year.

According to Complex News, Gucci Mane and Foogiano have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit following a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub in August of 2020.

The story on the Complex News website said the suit was “filed by the estate of 23-year-old Mykala Bell, who was fatally shot during a concert on July 5. Bell was standing near the stage when shots were fired in the early morning at Lavish Lounge. The gunfire broke out during Foogiano’s performance, killing Bell and a 51-year-old security guard named Clarence Sterling Johnson. Eight other bystanders were reportedly injured. Jarquez Kezavion Cooper, age 22, was later charged over what authorities reported to be a gang-related incident.”

Brown’s incarceration in Memphis has not kept him out of the limelight at Complex News.

According to the site, the rapper threatened fellow musician Trey Songz via text message after Songz posted a scantily clad photo of a woman Brown is reportedly dating on Instagram.