Esskeetem - LAPD
Lil Pump and Smokepurpp were arrested while riding around in Los Angeles this week.
While details are scarce on what caused the police to pull over the two South Florida rappers and put them in cuffs, there is video of the incident. Fans of Lil Pump recognized the rapper from across the street and recorded him while yelling “Esketit” and “Gucci Gang” at the police. The cops shined flashlights in their face and then harassed them over not having bike lights (which is cop-speak for ‘get the heck out of here’).
Whatever the pair was caught up in — and it’s not hard to imagine given that Pump celebrated a recent milestone with a cake shaped like a Xanax — it doesn’t appear to be too serious. Pump didn’t provide details, but he joked that the cops let him go once they realized they had a famous rapper in their midst.
“The cop pulled me over & I told him ‘B*tch, it’s Lil Pump’ & he let me go,” he wrote on Twitter.
While that’s clearly a joke, it’s not much of an exagerration for the high that Pump is riding right now. The rapper has gone from a Soundcloud oddity that left old heads scratching their domes to a genuine hitmaker with one of the most popular songs in the country, “Gucci Gang.”
That single, which comes and goes in a flash and is mostly a repetition of the title, is officially the shortest track to make the Billboard Top 10 in over 40 years. (I bet you never thought you’d see Lil Pump in the history books, but here we are.)
Pump’s stellar month and rapid rise to mainstream credulity is the mirror image of the life of another famous rapper, Meek Mill. After earning his spot with years of grinding in underground circuits, Meek fell out of the public eye in precipitous fashion following his beef with Drake.
Though Meek is unquestionably a more technically gifted rapper than Drake, he lost control of the narrative and subsequently his career. Shortly thereafter his relationship with Nicki Minaj fell apart as well.
Then… After an arrest for dirtbiking in NYC, it looks like Meek Mill will go to prison for up to four years for violating his probation on charges from 2008.
Several rappers have stepped up to question the sentence, including Jay Z.
“The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed, Jigga wrote on social media. “We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Jay Z continued to rail against the unjust probation system and how it could lock a 30-year-old man up for a crime he committed when he wasn’t even old enough to drink.
“If you give me two seconds… I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” Jay said on a Dallas stop on his 4:44 tour. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. F–king 11 years. Judge gave him two-to-four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f–king wheelie.”
Check out the video of Pump’s arrest up top. What do you think? Is Pump heading for a crash after all this rising? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.