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The Don Gorgon has been on trial for the past three weeks for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Trooper, in the Kingston 13 area. A verdict was expected on Friday of last week, but that was pushed back to this week and could possibly come as early as today. The dancehall legend’s attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, says that he is in good spirit as he awaits his fate.
“He is doing pretty good as he is on medication,” she said. “His spirit is also high.” Ninjaman was hospitalized earlier this month after having a mild heart attack in court during the trial. He spent a week in the hospital before he was discharged with some medication. His attorney also revealed that he may require a heart surgery to fully get better.
Ninjaman, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton are facing life imprisonment if found guilty of the murder. The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the case, including one witness who is currently in witness protection. That witness testified in court last week that the three men fired shots at him but he escaped the gunfire and ran. His friend Trooper was so lucky and was killed.
Lil Peep was laid to rest yesterday and a photo of the late rapper laying in a casket has been making the rounds.
Lil Peep died last week Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose. Sources say that he took some fake Xanax laced with Fentanyl and passed out a short time later. His death has since sparked an anti-drug movement on social media and its catching on with rappers such as Wiz Khalifa who have been speaking out against lean.
The vast majority of hip hop fans weren’t aware who Lil Peep was, but the young rapper has been steadily building a movement starting from SoundCloud and cracking the covers of the mainstream. “Your a legend now what you’ve done for us who struggle with addiction and depression will never be forgotten the culture thanks you,” one of his fans wrote on Twitter while posting a photo of his lifeless body laying in a casket.
Lil Peep, whose real name is Gustav Åhr, is famous for mixing alternative rock and rap msuci and is known for singles like “Benz Truck,” “We Think Too Much,” “The Way I See Things,” “White Wine,” and “Star Shopping.” Since last year he has released three mixtapes and just recently he released an album. He was on tour promoting his new album at the time of his death.
Your a legend now
what you’ve done for us who struggle with addiction and depression will never be forgotten
the culture thanks you
— lil deadbeat ? (@deadbeatghoul) November 17, 2017
R.I.P. Lil Peep
Tyrese and his daughter, Shayla, have reunited over the weekend amidst his legal victory over his ex-wife Norma Gibson.
The Fast and Furious singer was spotted with his 10-year-old daughter on Saturday grabbing lunch at Nobu in Malibu. TMZ reported that a judge denied Norma’s request for a permanent restraining order and also awards Tyrese 50/50 shared custody of their daughter. That’s a big blow to his ex-wife since she wanted a permanent restraining order and full custody of Shayla. That would have severely affects how much the actor gets to see his daughter.
In an emotional video on Instagram earlier this month, Tyrese pleaded with authorities not to take his daughter away from him. He also claimed that he is broke and even started to represent himself in court because he is unable to pay his legal fees. In the end the judge ruled in his favor and the two have already worked out a visitation schedule which will see Tyrese having Shayla over the holidays.
His ex-wife accused him of physically abusing their daughter by beating her 12 to 16 times, but Tyrese claimed that she is lying and he only spanked her once. He said that she is simply a bitter ex-wife who is bent on getting revenge because he divorced her and got remarried to another woman.
Tyrese says that his reputation is severely damaged because of the accusations laid against him by his ex-wife, but now that he has been exonerated he will be working on rebuilding it. He also apologize to Will and Jada Smith for dragging them into the saga by falsely claimed that the power couple gave him $5 million.
“I just asked them to forgive me I just took that medicine,” he said. “We had some real conversations about them helping me out but it was that medicine that made me put it up on Instagram.”
The 6 God is currently touring in Australia and during his show in Melbourne on Saturday night, he paused for a few seconds to support the “Free Meek Mill” movement. We all know the history of Drake and Meek beef is littered with Ws and Ls with the Toronto rapper being the recipient of the Ws. The beef left a bitter taste in both rappers mouths and the two have not spoken to each other or made peace since.
During his performance, Drizzy spotted a fan wearing a T-Shirt that says “Free Meek Mill” and that’s when he paused to share his feelings. “I see you got the Free Meek Mill shirt,” the Views rapper said. “Free Meek Mill too, for real. You right.”
The Philly rhymer is currently serving 2-4 years in prison for probation violation. He was sentenced two weeks ago to serve time in a state prison, but the judge’s heavy-handed sentencing drew widespread outrage among the rapper’s fans and his celebrity peers including JAY-Z who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times speaking out against the justice system and its unfair practices towards African American male.
Drake seems to have the same feelings about Meek Mill’s sentence despite their differences. You can recalled, Meek was the one who instigated the beef when he trashed the Toronto rapper on Twitter while accusing him of not writing his own raps. Drake responded with two scathing diss records, “Charged Up” and “Back To Back.” The later went on to become an anthem and even earned Drizzy a Grammy nomination.
Earlier this year, Drizzy did an interview where he spoke about the beef and said that he and Meek will never be friends again. “That’s just somebody that I never wanna be friends with… I’m not trying to make any songs or be boys, you stay over there and I stay over here,” he said.
— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) November 19, 2017
On Monday (November 20), the seven-member jury will resume deliberation and is expected to return a verdict in the almost a month-long case. On Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Martin Gayle, gave his summation of the case and reviewed the evidence presented. He told the judge to only focus on the facts of the case and they should not discuss the case with anyone who is not on the jury panel.
Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton are all on trial for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper. The prosecution says that Johnson was gunned down in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 13. One witness, who testified against the three men, told the court that he could have also been a second victim, but he managed to escape the gunfire and ran for his life. He is now placed in a witness protection program. Ninjaman had a mild heart attack in court when one overseas-based witness was giving testimony. He spent a little less than a week in the hospital and may require heart surgery.
Ninjaman and his three co-accused were on bail since 2012, but last month a judge revoked their bail and ordered them back behind bars. The case was then transferred to a special court that deals with cases over five years old. The artist says he is innocent and is anxious to get the case behind him. Ninja is an icon in dancehall and has been in the business since the 1970s. He started deejaying on sound systems from the age of fourteen. It wasn’t until the early 80s that he gain recognition as an artist in the early days of modern dancehall music.
If found guilty, the dancehall legend could be sent to prison for life.