Young Thug’s YSL racketeering trial started with the music video for "Lifestyle" by Rich Gang playing in court Thursday morning.
Young Thug, Birdman's Rich Gang ‘Lifestyle’ song played during The YSL RICO Trial?
Young Thug’s lawyer name-drops Lil Wayne, Birdman, Rich Homie Quan, LeBron James and plays 'Lifestyle' music video in YSL RICO trial.
The Atlanta rapper continues to fight for his freedom. Young Thug is facing multiple charges including violating Georgia's RICO Act. Prosecutors will attempt to prove that Thug and six codefendants used the YSL record label for violent gang activity. The state additionally claims YSL has committed many violent crimes including armed robbery, conspiring to murder, and participating in criminal street gang activity.
On Thursday, January 11, Day 18 of the YSL trial began with Thugger's attorney Brian Steel playing Rich Gang's 2014 smash "Lifestyle." According to law reporter Meghann Cuniff, the video for the song was played during his cross-examination of witness Trontavious "Tick" Stephens. As the video played, the camera panned around to all the co-defendants. Thug tried to keep his head as the song played while others could be seen putting their face in their hands. Afterward, Steel asked Stephens about Birdman and Rich Homie Quan, who are listed as the State's witnesses in the trial.
During the playing of the song, the camera panned to get reactions from all six codefendants on the case. This was followed by Steel questioning Stephens about Birman and the Rich Gang crew.
Lil Wayne's name also was mentioned once again during the trial, Brian Steel trying to establish that Wayne is solely an entertainer, despite rapping about gang affiliation and illegal activity, like Young Thug. Steel asked Stephens to identify Weezy's star tattoos, while also noting Wayne has been a full-time recording artist since he was a child. The defense also brought up Serena Williams Crip-walking and LeBron James appearing to do a gang-affiliated handshake to prove that just because a person may show or say they are in a gang does not mean they are in a gang. The defense later pulled up photos from Young Thug's Instagram account.
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