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MEECH'S MOTORCADE: A) Vol. 8 of the DVD magazine Smack, filmed in 2004 and released in January 2005, shows Bleu DaVinci, the sole artist signed to the record label Meech headed, driving an H2 and claiming that an affiliate was driving behind him in a "Porsche truck." At another point in the DVD, Bleu gives the cameraman a tour of a silver Ferrari, silver Rolls Royce Phantom and silver Bentley GT. "It's Meech's shit," he says. Also in the DVD, Meech and Bleu are filmed in a club rapping in unison, "We got Bentleys and Ferraris, Porsches and Excursions/Copped a few H2s/Got rid of them Suburbans." And the DVD shows Meech's associates with their cars in front of clubs in Miami's South Beach. B) Vibe magazine reported in a May 2006 article that Meech and his entourage had arrived at a 2005 party at Atlanta's club Vision in two tour buses. C) By 2006, the feds would seize 35 vehicles -- including a Hummer H2, a Maserati, an Aston Martin and two Bentley GTs -- tied to Meech's organization, according to documents filed in October 2005 in federal court in Detroit.
"EVERYBODY MOVE LIKE BROTHERS": In Smack, Meech is filmed saying, "Everybody move like brothers, and then everybody is from different places -- Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit, Texas, Atlanta, Cali. You know what I'm saying? Florida. We got people from everywhere in our mob. Everybody move as one."
HIERARCHY OF THE CREW: Observations of the behavior of Meech's entourage come from DVD magazines Smack and The Raw Report, vol. 2, released in October 2004. The SOHH.com thread about Meech can be viewed here.
"THE BIG ONE": In a Nov. 12, 2003, article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Buckhead resident interviewed about the Chaos incident said, "Several years ago, I was talking to detectives and officers and they said there was going to be, quote, 'the big one.' This, I guess, you would call a big one."
POST-SUPER-BOWL STABBINGS: Ray Lewis was arrested for the Jan. 31, 2000, stabbings, but murder and aggravated assault charges were dropped on June 5, 2000. Lewis pleaded guilty only to obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor.
CELEB SIGHTINGS AT CHAOS: According to the AJC gossip column "Peach Buzz," Shaquille O'Neal had a birthday party at Chaos in March 2001, and Eminem was at the club in January 2003 following the NBA All-Star Game.
HIP-HOP NIGHT: Chaos owner Brian Alt was quoted in a Nov. 13, 2003, AJC article saying that due to hip-hop Mondays, the night had become his most profitable. "We had celebrities come in almost every week." CL's numerous attempts to reach Alt were unsuccessful.
THE CREW IN THE CLUB: Chaos was not a large club -- at least not on the scale of mega-clubs such as Compound and Vision. Chaos had three separate spaces, each with its own bar: a lounge-like foyer, a dance floor behind it and a long narrow room to the side. An article in the May 2006 issue of Vibe estimated that on the night Meech went to Chaos, his entourage numbered in the "dozens."
CONFRONTATION WITH WOLF: A) An affidavit filed in Fulton County Superior Court by Atlanta Police Investigator Louis Torres states: "Inside the club, there was an altercation between ... Jones and another group of men which included [Meech]." B) In a Nov. 12, 2003, story about the Wolf incident, AllHipHop.com reported that "[w]itnesses told police that an argument over a woman may have sparked the shooting. The manager of Chaos claimed that an unidentified woman and her date entered the club around 1 a.m. and were met by the woman's ex-boyfriend." The article states that Wolf "started harassing the couple, prompting security guards to ask him to leave." C) An article published the following day in the AJC states, "Anthony 'Wolf' Jones confronted his longtime girlfriend because she had arrived with a group of men for 'hip-hop night' at Chaos." Wolf "left peaceably at 1:30 a.m." at Alt's request, according to the story. D) According to the May 2006 Vibe article, "Wolf staggered through the BMF-heavy crowd inside the club and began chatting up an ex-girlfriend, a stripper who had been partying with Meech that night. When Wolf groped her in full view of the other clubgoers, Meech warned him to back off, and Wolf responded by choking her."
THE CREW'S PARTY HABITS: DVD magazines Smack and The Raw Report show Meech and his entourage with their own individual bottles of champagne. In the Smack DVD, Meech says, "A lot of niggas don't like to spend their money. We love to spend money. ... When we go out at night, whatever we spend, $50,000, $100,000 in the muthafuckin club, we can afford to do it."
CALLING FOR BACKUP: A) An Atlanta Police incident report described the weather that night as "cool." B) The AllHipHop.com story states that, "Police said the man waited outside of the club for three hours." C) Alt was quoted the following day in the AJC as saying, "I guess he went to his car and sat there for three hours waiting for them to come out of the club." D) According to the May 2006 Vibe article, "Outside Chaos, the humiliated thug called for backup. Minutes later, Lamont Girdy, a boyhood friend from the Bronx, arrived at the scene."
CONVERSATIONS WITH DEBBIE: Details of Debbie Morgan's life were gathered during a half-dozen interviews with CL.
CARS IN THE LOT: According to an Atlanta Police incident report, off-duty security guards "saw cars speeding from the parking area." A witness's statement describes a group of men leaving the parking lot in the following vehicles: "Black Porsche truck, grey Lamborghini, another red sports car, and some more cars." According to the statement, "as the black truck was backing up it was hitting Prince." The statement also refers to the men who were with the driver of the Porsche as "his crew."
INVESTIGATORS' INKLINGS: A) The seizures of cash and drugs were outlined in an October 2005 filing in federal court in Detroit. B) According to former Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Rand Csehy, local law enforcement and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms met in Atlanta in the spring of 2004 to discuss the presence of an alleged drug organization called the Black Mafia Family. Csehy said in an interview with CL that Atlanta Police detectives suspected that BMF was active in Atlanta since at least August 2003. And he said an eyewitness outside the Velvet Room placed several BMF affiliates at the scene. C) Atlanta Police Detective Mark Cooper, the lead investigator on the Velvet Room incident, recently told CL, "I'm definitely looking at [the Prince incident] as being related" to BMF.
GUCCI AND JEEZY'S BEEF
RUN-IN AT WALTER'S: A) Gucci described his meeting with Jeezy in a July 2005 interview with AllHipHop.com: "I seen him at a clothing store called Walter's in Atlanta so he was in there -- I'm like buying two or three shoes, I seen the guy buy ten or fifteen pairs of shoes, iced out. ... [Y]ou know we get to passing out some CD's, so I got to approach him to give him a CD, so he sees the CD and he like, 'Oh, you Gucci Mane?' He was like a big fan of us 'cause we talk about killing, and we also talk about hustling." Neither Jeezy's attorney, Janice Singer, nor Island Def Jam publicist Gabriel Tesoriero, returned CL's phone calls.
JEEZY'S TIES TO BMF: Jeezy described his love for BMF to BMF Entertainment's sole artist, Bleu DaVinci, in the DVD magazine The Raw Report. His lyrics about BMF were included in the P$C song, "Fuck Where You From," on the September 2005 album 25 to Life.
CTE AND DEF JAM: A Jan. 1, 2006, article in the Macon Telegraph states that the early 2005 deal between Def Jam and CTE partners Jeezy and Demetrius "Kinky B" Ellerbee was worth seven figures.
RECORDING "ICY": Gucci described the history of "Icy" in the July 2005 AllHipHop.com interview: "[S]o the next day [after they met at Walter's] we go to the studio and I b[r]ought some beats and already had a song I written on called, 'Icy,' so I brought it to him, and started singing it to him he said he didn't want to do it or whatever he said he didn't like stuff like that. He wanted some gutter stuff, so I started rapping some of my gangsta stuff, and I kept on with the song like, 'Let's work on this song right here, it would be tight.' So I paid Jeezy to get on the song, paid (one of his associates) to get on the song and th[e]n after that, it just turned into a big hit. But at the time, I never knew I'd put Jeezy on the song cause I already had the song written, but like I said I just met at the store, and we just clicked at the time."
GUCCI'S BLING: Gucci described the jewelry in an April 14, 2005, interview with the AJC.
THE FALLING OUT: A) Gucci's attorney Ash Joshi told CL that the two rappers and their labels were fighting over the rights to "Icy": "Personalities got involved. ... It escalated to more, but this was at its heart a financial dispute which has resolved itself." B) Jacob York, the co-owner of the label that signed Gucci, similarly described the dispute in a June 2005 AllHipHop.com interview: "Jeezy eventually went to Def Jam, and they wanted all the rights to the track. ... We were going to take him off of the track and just put it out on Gucci's album. ... It was basically the big label vs. the little label." York also said that when Jeezy released the "dis track" slamming Gucci, "We were surprised, but replied." C) In Gucci's July 2005 AllHipHop.com interview, he said Jeezy was "publicly dissing" him -- "so we had to respond with a song." D) Jeezy's attorney, Singer, was quoted in a May 25, 2005, AJC article saying, "It is offensive and outrageous that Jeezy's name is being used by Gucci Mane ... and his CD producer as a strategy to sell CDs."
LOCCISH'S DEAL WITH CTE: Low Down described Jeezy's offer during an interview with CL. Low Down said in reference to Jeezy, "He was saying we was the best thing around here, so he was going to go ahead and jump on it before all the other people get a chance." Loccish Lifestyle's manager, Tarence Bivins, told CL, “It was known around here that they was supposedly looking at us. We had a little buzz going locally, in the middle Georgia area. But me speaking from a manager standpoint, they never just said, ‘We’re going to meet from you on whatever-whatever day.’”
THE BLACK MAFIA FAMILY AND BMF ENTERTAINMENT
THE DRUG ORGANIZATION: A) Documents filed in October 2006 in a federal case out of Detroit state: "Terry Lee Flenory and Demetrius Edward Flenory, by the early l990's, had established a drug organization which was dealing in kilogram quantities of cocaine in the Detroit metropolitan area. By the mid 1990's, the organization was extended into other areas of the United States including St. Louis, Mo., Los Angeles, Calif., and Atlanta, Ga. ... Eventually, Terry Lee Flenory and Demetrius Edward Flenory began to operate their illegal cocaine business from Atlanta, Ga., and Los Angeles, Calif., as well as Detroit. Between approximately 2001 and 2003, Terry Lee Flenory and Demetrius Edward Flenory began to refer to their activities as being part of an entity they called 'Black Mafia Family' (BMF)." The documents estimate that BMF possessed $270 million in homes, cars, jewelry and cash: "Such sum in aggregate is property representing the proceeds of the aforementioned offenses." B) At a January hearing in a federal case out of Detroit, DEA Special Agent Bob Bell testified, "At times over a thousand kilograms at a time would come into the country but ... multiple 100 kilograms of cocaine would be distributed around the country, sometimes monthly." Bell also told the court that the organization had "expanded in size and scope out to St. Louis and into Atlanta and Los Angeles. At one point primarily Demetrius Flenory resided and worked out of the Atlanta area and Terry Flenory out of the Los Angeles, California, area." C) A law enforcement source close the organization, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said BMF affiliates in Atlanta numbered in the hundreds. He described the scope of the organization as follows: "What surprises me about them is how organized they are, their theories on snitching, the fast lifestyle but with the cash flow to also support it. Oftentimes you get people bragging, but they can’t put their money where their mouth is. These guys couldn’t run out of money. The amount of seizures and money would have put not even the average but the above-average dealer out of business."
THE LEGIT BUSINESS: A) At the January hearing in Detroit, DEA Agent Bell said, "The information that we developed was that Black Mafia Family is the drug organization, and from that Black Mafia Entertainment was actually incorporated I believe in March of 2004 with the idea to -- I believe, if I'm using the right terminology, to produce music, rap type music, but that in many ways [the business was] all one and the same with the organization." B) Documents filed in January 2006 in the same case state that Meech "admitted to being the owner of BMF entertainment and the executive editor of Juice Magazine." C) Documents filed in May 2006 state, "These enterprises [BMF Entertainment and Juice magazine] are legitimate only in the sense that they are in the legal business of representing entertainers and publishing a magazine. The evidence in the case indicates that the money behind these ostensibly legitimate businesses comes from the illegitimate sale of cocaine."
MEECH'S HIP-HOP ASPIRATIONS: In the DVD magazine The Raw Report, Meech says: "What we focusing on right now is Bleu DaVinci. ... All our independent focus is on what Bleu DaVinci gonna do and how he's gonna make it. If he take off, then we take off. If he don't take off, then we don't want to take off. Simple. It's all around Bleu. We want Bleu in the best of everything, show him the best everything, show him that a person can come from nothing to something. ... That's basically what we're focusing on, getting Bleu DaVinci started, which is gonna bring BMF into the industry to be a major label like Universal, or Interscope or Dreamworks or Def Jam. ... We comin in at the top of the game. We got all the cars we want, all the houses we want, all the clothes we want, all the jewelry we want and all the ho's we want. We don't need nothing else but to make good music. That's it."
THE PARTY: At the January 2006 hearing in Detroit, DEA Agent Bell testified, "A birthday party ... was thrown on behalf of Demetrius Flenory in which records indicate more than $100,000 was spent to bring in exotic African-type animals and -- with models attending." He said the party was "in the Atlanta area" and that BMF had rented out "an entire club." Photos of the party, which was held in the summer of 2004 at Atlanta club Compound, can be viewed here.
THE VIDEO: In The Raw Report, Meech says BMF Entertainment can "just give Bleu $500,000 for his video." Documents filed in the federal case January 2006 state, "In a 2005 [sic] promotional video for the release of an album for BMF Entertainment's 'rap' artist, Blue DaVinci, Demetrius Flenory claimed that BMF had invested $500,000 to one million dollars in this single artist."
THE BUZZ: In an interview with CL, Georgia State University criminologist Volkan Topalli said of BMF, "They're a true mafia model. There is a code of silence. There is a mystique. What that's allowed them to do is create an underground buzz. It's very clever. There is silence from the members, but talk on the street is huge. The rumors create fear and notoriety and opportunity -- in the music business, in the drug business, in the recruitment business. Young guys, guys who don't really have anything to do with BMF, use their parties and CD releases to build cred. People will just drop the name. ... What made them so popular was, they took it to the next level. It's the difference between being a pimp with one prostitute and a pimp who owns a brothel."
DEA INTEREST: At the January 2006 hearing in Detroit, DEA Agent Bell described his familiarity with the DVD magazines depicting BMF. " I'm aware from a DVD in which ... Demetrius Flenory speaks, as well as others, that he ... was signing one artist to put all of his backing and large volumes of money backing one artist." He also described the DEA's use of wiretaps, surveillance and "testimony of witnesses and confidential sources." And he said that the agency "connected numerous large money and large multiple kilogram cocaine seizures back to the organization that occurred over time. Some seizures [were] random, some [were] from focus, you know, investigations into this organization."
THE LOCAL INVESTIGATION: According to an Atlanta Police incident report, the home invasion occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2003, at 409 Angier Court. "[A]n unidentified black male was killed during a possible home invasion robbery attempt," the report states. "The homeowner suffered a gunshot wound during the incident as well." Former Fulton County prosecutor Cshey provided additional information on the home invasion, which he called the "impetus" for the local investigation into BMF. He said the town home housed a "giant walk-in safe" and that investigators found "a shoe and a kilo in the crawl space." He said investigators suspected the town home was a BMF "stash house" and that the invaders allegedly were looking for mass quantities of cocaine. He said the man who lived there, William Marshall, was a BMF affiliate (documents filed in the Detroit case support that claim). And Csehy described a meeting in the spring of 2004 during which Atlanta Police, local DEA and ATF agents, and representatives of the D.A.'s office were briefed on the presence of BMF and the need to crack down on the crew.
HIP-HOP NIGHT: In the Nov. 13, 2003, AJC article, Bryan Alt said Monday night were his most profitable. "A lot of people spend a lot of money. That's one thing about hip-hop night. Guys come in to show off." He also said that doormen had started using metal detectors on Mondays to make sure patrons did not have weapons; he said the precaution was unnecessary on other nights.
THE CREW'S CHAMPAGNE: A) In the DVD magazines, in photos published in BMF Entertainment's magazine The Juice, and on Meech's MySpace page, crew members are shown with their own bottles of champagne, usually Perrier Jouet. B) According the May 2006 Vibe article, "Whenever BMF arrived at a nightclub, Meech paid everyone's cover and insisted that each member have a bottle of champagne. With the group often numbering in the dozens, this sometimes meant buying out a club's entire stock of Cristal." C) In the Smack DVD, Meech says that he can afford to spend $50,000 to $100,000 in a single night at the club.
THE FLENORY BROTHERS' EARLY YEARS: An Oct. 28, 2005, DEA press release states: "Initially based in Southwest Detroit, brothers Terry and Demetrius Flenory, the founders and ringleaders of the group, began their drug trafficking careers selling $50 bags of crack during their high school years in the mid-1980s." Meech's attorney, Drew Findling, outlined Meech's arrest and conviction history during a January 2006 hearing in federal court in Detroit.
MEECH'S EXCESS: A) According to the May 2006 Vibe article, Meech drove a Cadillac at the time of the Nov. 11, 2003, incident outside Chaos. And according to January 2006 testimony in federal court by DEA Agent Bell, "We did seize a Bentley directly from him." B) BMF affiliates describe the distribution of the necklaces in the DVD magazine The Raw Report. C) According to documents filed in October 2005 in federal court in Detroit, Meech, using a leasee, had rented a house at 9205 SW 58 Ave., Miami, for $30,000 per month.
THE WESTIN: In the DVD magazine The Raw Report, BMF's regular parties at the Westin are mentioned -- and one of them filmed in the hotel's presidential suite. BMF Entertainment's COO Chad "J-Bo" Brown was filmed en route to the Westin speaking into a walkie-talkie: "Meet us at the Westin, baby."
MEECH'S OFFERINGS: Beautiful women regularly show up flanking BMF members in the DVD magazines. "We get all kinds of women," Meech boasted in Smack. "Models, nobodies, hood rats. Everything. We do it all. We don't discriminate." In the same DVD, he also talked about spending $100,000 in a single night at the club. And he talked about how his crew traveled with him: "It don't make no difference if you the maid or if you the muthafuckin' bodyguard. Everybody gets extras around here, fringe benefits. Everybody travels from place to place and kick it with each other, and every place is like home."
THE SHOOT-OUT: A) According to a Nov. 11, 2003, Atlanta Police press release on the incident, "Multiple shots were fired." B) On Nov. 12, 2003, the AJC quoted Atlanta Police Maj. J.P. Spillane as saying Jones and Girdy "were armed." C) An affidavit filed in Fulton County Superior Court by Atlanta Police Investigator Torres states, "According to a witness ... [b]oth Girdy and Jones were also shooting." D) According to a Nov. 12, 2003, AllHipHop.com article, "police found at least 24 shell casings and bullet holes in nearby business establishments." E) An AJC article published the same day states that club owner Alt "was cashing out the night's receipts when he received a report of gunfire outside." According to the article, "Alt found a bartender and an off-duty Atlanta police officer, who worked security at the club, giving the 38-year-old Jones CPR, while two other people, who identified themselves as an off-duty paramedic and a nurse, helped shooting victim Lamont Girdy." F) According to an Atlanta Police incident report, "Upon their arrival [officers] found the victim, later identified as Girdy, dead on the scene with a firearm next to him. The second victim was transported to Grady Hospital where he died of multiple gun shot wounds to the chest." E) Meech's attorney, Findling, told CL that Meech was not armed that night. "He never possessed, never used, never had a gun. And in fact he was a victim."
THE WITNESS: A) The Atlanta Police report on the incident states, "While on the scene, this investigator [J.K. Brown] was contacted by phone by an unknown person and gave the suspect information and other details of the crime." B) At a Nov. 26, 2003, hearing in Fulton Superior Court, Brown testified that a call from the woman was transferred from 911 to him and that she said she saw "Meechie" fire more than a half-dozen shots. Brown told the court that the woman said she saw Meech "reach into the waistband of his pants and pull a pistol" and that she heard more shots as she fled the scene. Brown also said, "She was scared for her life and wouldn't give her name. She said people involved had a lot of money and a lot of drugs, and I didn't know what I was getting into." C) According to an affidavit filed in Fulton County by Atlanta Police Investigator Torres, "A witness who knows [Meech] stated that she saw him with a gun, running after Girdy and Jones and shooting at them. Both Girdy and Jones were also shooting." D) Meech's attorney, Findling, told CL that investigators on the scene "had immediately circled the area to preserve the integrity of the crime scene, not letting people in or out, securing names for interviews so as testimony of the individuals would not be tainted. After they clearly established all of that, they then said somebody called, whom was apparently not one of the people that was inside the tape. There was this unnamed person. There was never a name, no evidence that there was anybody accompanying her to corroborate her presence there. The whole thing was just comical.”
OTHER INJURIES: A) The Nov. 11, 2003, Atlanta Police press release states, "The Homicide Unit was notified that two additional suspects were involved in the shooting and were receiving medical treatment at North Fulton Hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds." B) The Atlanta Police incident report indicates that Meech had suffered a "serious" gunshot wound to the buttocks. C) The affidavit filed in relation to the case by Atlanta Police Investigator Torres states, "A bystander, who had no involvement with either group, was shot in the foot."
THE ARREST: A) The Atlanta Police press release states that Meech, "who had been transported to Atlanta Police headquarters from North Fulton Hospital, was identified by a witness and a warrant was secured for his arrest." It then states that Meech "was charged with two (2) counts of murder and transported to Fulton Co. jail". B) The Atlanta Police report on the incident lists Meech's arrest time as 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 2003, and the location as police headquarters. C) In an article in the summer 2005 issue of The Juice, Meech gives a different account of the arrest: "[I]t is funny cause [sic] no one ever mentions the fact that I was arrested in the hospital."
OUTSIDE THE VELVET ROOM
CROWD CONTROL: A supplement to the Atlanta Police report, dated more than two months after the initial report, states that an Atlanta officer "was assisting off-duty units ... with crowd controll [sic]."
THE CREW: A) Former Fulton County prosecutor Csehy told CL that a witness placed both Meech and a BMF affiliate (and former Jay-Z bodyguard) named Hamza Hewitt at the scene. B) According to DEA Special Agent Bell, who testified during a January 2006 court hearing in a federal case, "Hamsa [sic] Hewitt is a close associate of Demetrius Flenory and is referred to by confidential sources as his bodyguard." C) Meech's attorney, Findling, said in an interview with CL, "I’ve never heard anything about my client having anything to do with that until you asked me that question. And I would imagine his involvement would have been something that would come to light."
THE SHOOTING: A) Most of the details of the crime were recounted by a witness in an affidavit. B) The Atlanta Police incident report states that when off-duty officers got to the scene they "found on the ground two black males, one was not responding and the other was not coherent." C) The supplement to the Atlanta Police incident report states, "While we were out front helping the crowd disperse we heard several gunshots being fired. Myself and other units went to the rear of the building where the shots were fired and saw cars speeding from the parking area." D) Atlanta Police Detective Cooper told CL he believes BMF was involved in the shooting. E) Another law enforcement source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also said Meech was at the Velvet Room that night and that investigators believed there might be a link between BMF and the shooting. The source told CL: "This would have been the last night that the Velvet Room would have been open. So it was kind of like all the [BMF affiliates] were there to say, ‘Bye-bye Velvet Room. This is where we all used to hang.’"
LOCCISH COMES TO ATLANTA
THE COMPETITION: "Low Down" described the group's past during an interview with CL: "We weren't even formed before we came to Atlanta and won Rap Jam 2000. ... We just had a beat from somewhere. ... We just had the name. We hadn't even done no songs. We just got a beat and just went with it and went and performed. ... We had good chemistry. That's probably what did it. We was all on the same kinda tip, and it was a good blend."
THE LIFESTYLE: Low Down told CL, "The Loccish Lifestyle was just [us] ... speaking on our lifestyle as a group. It was more like trying to muse on like how we living. ... If you come to Macon, it's going to be a lot of people claiming Loc Lifestyle, because it's more of on a Crips gang kinda style. Everybody wants to be a part of it."
GAINING RECOGNITION: According to Low Down and an article published June 20, 2005, in the Macon Telegraph, Loccish Lifestyle had earned some acclaim in Macon. The article stated, "Several local radio disc jockey's [sic] said that [Pookie Loc's] group became one of the most popular in Macon." Low Down told CL, "Early on, it was just street credibility. ... I ain't never passed out no fliers or no CDs or nothing. If you do something around here and one person knows about it, if it's the right person, they'll handle all that stuff for you. It's pretty simple. The type of people that you'll be around, it just comes with the territory." He said that after Loccish Lifestyle got popular on the streets, the band's single "Ridin' High" "really was in the club" and "was hittin' so hard, didn't nobody know what to do with it. They put it on the radio on their own. We didn't even take it to the radio, because we didn't have no business plan. ... It ain't like we was on a contract. We stayed independent."
THE DEAL: Low Down said Loccish Lifesyle was in Atlanta to negotiate a record deal with Jeezy's label, CTE. A DeKalb County Police incident would later note that Loccish Lifestyle member Shannon Lundy "advised that they were staying at the Marriott Courtyard downtown when Mr. Clark [Pookie Loc] went missing."
LOW DOWN'S MISGIVINGS: According to Low Down, Lundy and Pookie Loc were eager to sign to CTE; "they had already kinda jumped the gun." He added: "I was the only one holding back. ... I was more like, I need to kinda wait and see what the basics is and see how we're going to go into the situation."
POOKIE LOC'S PAST: The June 20, 2005, Macon Telegraph article states that Clark had been jailed in Bibb County 20 times, "although in recent years his stays there tapered off." In 1994, he pleaded guilty to charges of theft, obstruction and carrying a concealed weapon, and in 2001 he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and other weapons charges, according to the Telegraph. There is no record of Pookie Loc having served prison time in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
MEETING FOXY: The website SOHH.com was the first to report the Gucci-Foxy meeting. Gucci's former attorney, Dennis Scheib, and his current one, Joshi, confirmed the meeting to CL. "One of the things that I believe he was interested in was having her take one of his CDs to whatever strip joint it was," Joshi said. "He was in large part interested in getting that in her hands. Apparently, [strippers] can request music when they're on the main stage."
FOXY'S HOUSE: Gucci's former attorney, Scheib, told CL that the men who came to the house had weapons. "One of them hit [Gucci] in the head. It was something wrapped up. He thought it was brass knuckles. They came in with duct tape, too. ... They pulled out a gun, and they had tape. And they pointed a weapon either at him or his friend, and he just wasn't going to wait until they started shooting." When asked if the intruders had weapons, Gucci's current attorney, Joshi replied, "Certainly brass knuckles. Certainly guns ... and some drawn." Joshi said Gucci fired, "after they made the comment about killing him."
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