Bobby Shmurda and 12 of his associates–GS9 crew members–were arrested at Quad Studios Tuesday night as the result of a long-term investigation conducted by the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget Brennan. Yesterday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton held a press conference in which he called Shmurda and company “mindless thugs” and alleged that “Shmurda and company will be out of business for a while.”
Today, in an exclusive conversation with XXL, Howard Greenberg, Bobby Shmurda’s attorney, spoke candidly about the predicament his client and his comrades find themselves in.
Let me give you some context. The government hates rap and the government hates rappers. They target these guys and construct a narrative around them and then they rationalize the narrative in order to get an indictment. I had said previously, it’s a bunch of bullshit. What they do is they recruit guiltless, loveless people who are truthless that are jealous of brothers on the way up and they get them to implicate them.
He went on to say:
I gave the indictment a close read and the first 41 pages [are] just talk. It’s street lingo that isn’t even English, which is susceptible to interpretation that’s so broad, it’s unduly vague. In the argument yesterday they said that there were guns in his car; what they didn’t say is that two guns were in a closed container in the possession of somebody else, not Bobby. They misspoke about that to the Supreme Court. In the defense bar we style conspiracy charges as one of the darlings of the prosecutor’s nursery. People of color should be very afraid of these kind of prosecutions. They are selective. They start by aiming at a guy’s lyrics to begin.
As far the validity of the charges brought against Bobby,
My guy is rich, he’s busy, he’s always on tour. He doesn’t have time for this bullshit; it makes no sense. He’s making more money legit than it’s possible to make, it’s crazy. My guys are legit, end of story. Give me a f****n’ break. But he’s a target.