rowdy-rebel-getty
Getty Images

Interview: Rowdy Rebel Is Focused On Keeping The GS9 Name Alive

Rowdy Rebel speaks on his selfless intentions to help GS9 with his first mixtape.  

Rowdy Rebel is already plotting his moves for GS9 after he finally reaches the outside. Since being confined to the walls of Rikers Island for the last 15 months, Rowdy, born Chad Marshall, already knows the first thing he wants to do when he's released. He plans to curate a meeting between the face of GS9, Bobby Shmurda, and his lawyers to devise a blueprint for the future of the group's music career.

“I’m staying focused right now," Rowdy said over the phone. "I’ve got a lot on my mind right now. I’m trying to get ready for when I walk up out of here.”

Rowdy hasn't let his legal woes get in the way of the group's aspirations to succeed in the game -- either. The 24-year-old rapper kicked off 2016 by reminding loyal fans and Twitter-bashing haters that his Brooklyn collective is still alive. With the help of his management team on the outside, Rowdy released his first official mixtape Shmoney Keeps Calling.

"I needed something to stay relevant," said Rowdy. "So I just put out a couple of songs that I had with a couple of artists I worked with. Kent Jones definitely helped me out. There were a couple of people in Miami that grabbed that and played that."

Executively produced by Binish PR and engineered by producer Ty Real and Wize, the project holds collaborations with Bobby Shmurda, French Montana, Rich The Kid, A$AP Ferg, and We The Best artist Kent Jones. Although it's his first solo effort, Rowdy believes his new project will not only set him a part as an individual but will keep GS9's name hot in the streets and allow for more projects to come from the group in the future.

READ: Premiere: Rowdy Rebel Takes GS9 In A New Direction With “In The Bedroom”

“It’s really about me and the bros," Rowdy said. "We’re all still one big group but I really want everyone to know who I am and where Rowdy came from. I want to be a role model to all those people who thought we disappeared. At the end of the day, I just want everyone to recognize who Rowdy is as a person.”

Back in January, Judge Abraham Clott, who is presiding over the case after Judge James Burke left in January, made the decision to split the group and use the original Feb. 22 date as the trial date for crew members Rashid “Rasha” Derrisant and Alex “A-Rod” Crandon.

Marshall, along with Ackquille Pollard aka Bobby Shmurda, Santino “Cueno” Boderick and Nicolas “Montana Flea” McCoy will appear before the court on May 11.

Rebel's lawyer Javier Solano will finally be able to unleash his defense against the slew of gun, murder and conspiracy charges that plague the group. The Brooklyn native can't elaborate on the legal status of his fellow GS9 brethren, but he says "we’re just praying for them.”

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty Images

Tory Lanez’s Rep Denies That He Was Deported Back To Canada

Despite rumors to the contrary, Tory Lanez has not been deported back to Canada. Lanez has been quarantining with family in Florida, a rep for the 28-year-old recording artist told VIBE in a statement on Tuesday (Aug. 4).

“Tory has not been deported and is self-quarantining with his family in Florida. This is a perfect example of false information being spread regarding this case, his whereabouts and his character.”

Reports claimed that Lanez was deported amid accusations that he shot Megan Thee Stallion last month. Lanez, whose birth name is Daystar Peterson, has yet to speak publicly about the incident.

Megan confirmed that she was shot in both feet but did not reveal the shooter’s identity. She did however make it clear that the crime committed against her was “done with the intention to physically harm me.”

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's inmate records, Lanez was arrested on July 12 at 4:40 a.m., and later released on $35,000 bond. His court date is scheduled for October 13.

Continue Reading
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Black Family Handcuffed And Held At Gunpoint By Colorado Police

Officers from the Aurora Police Department racially profiled, handcuffed and detained an innocent Black family at gun point after allegedly mistaking their SUV for a stolen motorcycle. The Aurora Police Department issued an apology on Monday (Aug. 3) as video of the traumatic incident circulated the web.

Brittany Gilliam was taking her 6-year-old daughter, 12-year-old sister, and 14 and 17-year-old nieces to get their nails done on Sunday (Aug. 2), when police pulled up behind them with weapons drawn and demanded that they get out of the car. Video footage shows Gilliam and the girls on the ground in handcuffs. The children are heard screaming and crying during the incident.

Aurora PD terrorized a Black family at gun point after they "mistook" their car for a stolen one.

They had no reason to run the plate in the first place. This is racial profiling.pic.twitter.com/uvJz4q9haE

— A Black Socialist 🌹🏴‍☠️ (@SonOfAssata) August 4, 2020

Police allege that Gilliam’s car matched the description and license plate of a stolen vehicle. Her vehicle had been stolen in February but was found and returned by police within a day. In an interview with CNN, Gilliam stated that she offered to show cops her registration and insurance paperwork to prove that the car was not stolen.

APD released a statement explaining the apparent mix up. “We first want to offer our apologies to the family involved in a police stop of their vehicle yesterday, “the department said detailing how police were “notified of a stolen vehicle” in the area and found Gilliam’s vehicle matched the license plate number and the vehicle description. “The people in the car were ordered out onto the ground, and some were placed in handcuffs. Shortly after that, Officers determined that the car was not stolen.

“There is a stolen vehicle with the same plate information, but from a different state,” the statement continues. “The confusion may have been due, in part, to the fact that the stopped car was reported stolen earlier in the year. After realizing the mistake, officers immediately unhand cuffed everyone involved, explained what happened and apologized. An internal investigation has been opened, and an examination of training and procedures is underway.”

APD’s newly-appointed police Chief Vanessa Wilson said that she had been in contact with the family to personally apologize. “I have called (Gilliam's) family to apologize and to offer any help we can provide, especially for the children who may have been traumatized by yesterday's events. I have reached out to our victim advocates so we can offer age-appropriate therapy that the city will cover.”

The department has come under fire for racial profiling, excessive force and police brutality, most notably after the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old massage therapist who died after an encounter with police last year while he was walking home from the store. McClain was placed in two chokeholds after police confronted him. Officer body cam footage recorded McClain telling the officers that he couldn’t breathe. He later suffered cardiac arrest and died three days after the fatal run-in. In contrast, Colorado police safely apprehended white  gunman James Holmes after he brutally murdered a dozen people at an Aurora movie theater in 2012.

More than a full year after McClain’s death, the case is being re-examined amid ongoing demands for justice and an online petition that has received more than 4.9 million signatures and counting. In June, four Aurora police officers were fired after photos surfaced of them mocking the deadly chokehold used on McClain.

Continue Reading
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Michelle Obama Interviews Barack Obama For First Episode Of New Podcast

Michelle Obama kicked off her podcast this week with a very special guest. The former first lady welcomed her husband, Barack Obama, for a lengthy discussion about their childhood, as it relates to race and class, experiences that shaped their “notion of community,” and more.

Barack tweeted a photo from the podcast on Thursday (July 29) with the caption,. “Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks — and this one’s up there with the best.”

Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks—and this one’s up there with the best. Take a listen to the very first episode of Michelle’s podcast: https://t.co/JEaVgT6GPC. pic.twitter.com/oRn1figrRK

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 29, 2020

The podcast aims to give listeners deeper insight into Mrs. Obama's life. “I spent a lot of time thinking, talking with friends and family,” she explained of her life after the White House. “Really just being, if you know what I mean. I reflected back on my time in the White House of course, but I went even deeper. I looked back at the whole arc of my life.

“In this first season, you’ll be hearing me talk with some of the people I’m closest with — my mom…my brothers…friends..colleagues. And I wanted to start at the most basic level. In these episodes, we’ll be discussing the relationships that make us who we are. Sometimes that might be as personal as our relationship with ourselves or how we navigate our health and our bodies at various points in our lives,” said Mrs. Obama. “In other episodes we’ll be talking about what the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse…the growth we gain from leaning on colleagues and mentors…the friends that help us sort through the toughest times.”

Click here to listen to the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast.

Continue Reading

Top Stories