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One day before he was supposed to take the stage at South Florida’s Rolling Loud rap show, rapper Fredo Bang was arrested in Miami for a parole violation out of his home state of Louisiana.
The rapper, whose real name is Fredrick Givens II, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Thursday afternoon.
Givens, 25, hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but lives in Miami Lakes. His associate, a rapper named Lit Yoshi, was arrested Wednesday in Miami on a Louisiana warrant as well. The two men live together at the luxury lakeside home on the 16000 block of Northwest 88th Court.
Lit Yoshi’s real name is Mieyoshi Edwards, and he is awaiting trial in Baton Rouge for what prosecutors are calling a violent gang war involving other rappers.
Both men are associated with a rap group known as Top Boy Gorilla, or TBG, which had been feuding with the crew of another Louisiana rapper known as YoungBoy. He belongs to a group called NBA, or Never Broke Again.
Two years ago, Miami-Dade police homicide detectives had been looking to speak to Givens and Edwards about the feud. The reason: somebody in a passing car opened fire on YoungBoy — whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden — outside the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach.
In the gun battle, YoungBoy’s girlfriend was shot and wounded, and three innocent innocent bystanders were grazed: a Texas man, his girlfriend and her 5-year-old son. But one stray bullet killed Mohamad Jradi, 43, a Hertz rental car employee who had just finished his shift across the street.
No one has been charged in the Miami-Dade shooting.
Prosecutors in Louisiana, however, have publicly linked Edwards and the TBG group to the Sunny Isles Beach shooting. According to the Advocate, a judge in Louisiana in February ruled that evidence of the Sunny Isles Beach shooting could be used against Edwards in his upcoming trial.
The shootings in two different states all stem from the same rappers’ feud, East Baton Rouge prosecutors said.
According to a prosecution filing, Edwards violated the terms of his release from jail by posting a YouTube music video referencing his house arrest. The Louisiana court “had instructed Mr. Edwards multiple times that he could not appear in a music video or release new music that contained his image.” The music video was called “War with a Millionaire.”
His defense lawyer, Ron Haley, told the Herald that Edwards was wearing a GPS monitor and that cops didn’t have to raid the Miami Lakes home. He said heavily armed officers with smoke grenades swarmed and trashed the house. Haley said Edwards was due to return to Louisiana for a court hearing on Monday.
“I am in constant communication with the prosecutors in Baton Rouge,” Haley said. “They easily could have executed the arrest warrant Monday when he returns to Baton Rouge.”
As for Givens, whose debut album “Most Hated” was released in April 2020, he too has been involved in a number of feuds in Louisiana over the years.
In 2016, he was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly fired a gun during an argument with a man in Baton Rouge. He had been released on parole. Police officers and FBI agents — in raiding the rapper’s Miami Lakes home — found three guns, body armor and a stolen car, triggering the parole violation.
But according to Haley, who also represents Givens, the guns were legally registered to the rapper’s security detail, and the car did not belong to him.
“The vehicle did not belong to Mr. Givens,” Haley said. “Mr. Givens does not have knowledge of the vehicle being stolen.”
Haley said he is hoping to get Givens out of jail in time to perform at Rolling Loud.
“He’s being targeted unjustly,” he said.