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Rapper Shmurda faces gun charges

An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda has been arrested in New York City on gun and drug trafficking charges.

Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. His full indictment will be made public later today.

The arrest stems from an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in the city.

Pollard, 20, is named with other defendants in the indictment, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. She declined to detail the charges.

Chad Marshal, another aspiring hip-hop artist known as Rowdy Rebel, was arrested inside the recording studio where police also recovered handguns, authorities said.

Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song Hot Boy and for a music video that popularised a dance move called the "Shmoney dance".

A Hot Boy video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

"My music is straight facts," Pollard recently told New York Magazine. "There are a lot of gangsters in my 'hood."

Pollard's criminal history includes two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said.


From Belfast Telegraph