Gunna speaks on his RICO trial and snitching in a new single
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Gunna speaks on his RICO trial and snitching in a new single

Atlanta rapper and YSL member Gunna has recently addressed his RICO case and the allegations of snitching directed at him in his new single, ‘Bread And Butter’. The emcee (real name Sergio Kitchens) was arrested alongside his YSL counterpart Young Thug in May last year for racketeering and eventually pleaded guilty.

Although the rapper was sentenced to five years, he has only served one in prison. He is now free but will have to complete 500 hours of mandatory community service. Following his release earlier this year, the Georgia artist didn’t initially release any music but has now put out a fresh single ‘Bread And Butter.’

Produced by the Atlanta beatmaker Turbo, the single is an attempt on behalf of Kitchens to clear the air, debunk some of the falsehoods surrounding his case and clarify his stance concerning Young Thug’s record label, YSL (Young Stoner Life).

The YSL record label and collective was branded a “criminal street gang” by the Fulton County court, and many of the label’s artists and affiliates were forced to accept plea deals. RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) charges have been rife in hip-hop, with MCs from all over the US getting hit with them.

Released on June 2nd, ‘Bread And Butter’ sees Kitchens explicitly address snitches involved in the trial, rapping, “Peepin’ shit, I’m seein’ niggas fall back / You bitch-ass niggas got me as the topic of the chat / You switched on me when you know you in business with a rat.”

He also addressed the allegations that he played a part in his counterparts’ harsher sentences, asserting he “Never gave no statement or agreed to take no stand on ’em.” However, Kitchens didn’t need to snitch as, last year, his YSL labelmate, Young Thug (real name Jeffrey Williams), admitted the crew was indeed a gang in the hope of receiving a lighter sentence.

Other YSL associates involved in the case include Unfoonk, Young Thug’s brother, Slimelife Shawty, and Lil Duke. Unlike Gunna’s 500 hours of community service, Williams will spend the next eight years on probation with the risk of getting imprisoned again. You can hear Gunna’s latest Turbo-produced single below.