Atlanta police arrested rapper Young Thug, who won a Grammy for his co-written hit “This Is America” in 2019, on Monday on charges including involvement in criminal street gang activity, police records show.
The hip hop artist, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was also charged under the state of Georgia’s “Conspiracy to Violate the Corrupt and Mobster Influenced Organizations Act,” according to Fulton County police records.
Representatives for Williams were not available for comment.
Williams is best known for his albums including “So Much Fun” and the 2021 hit “Punk,” both of which topped the Billboard 200 charts. He also earned a Grammy nomination for his 2020 rap hit “The London.”
The New York Times reported that Williams was charged in a sweeping grand jury indictment that identified him and 27 others as members of the same street gang. Some were charged with violent crimes, including murder and attempted armed robbery.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office, known for investigating whether former President Donald Trump tried to influence the state’s handling of the 2020 election, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Willis has identified gangs as a serious problem for Fulton County.
“I would say that at least 80% and probably more than 90% of all the violence that we are seeing is coming from the gang problem,” Willis told an ABC-affiliated television network last week.