The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested rapper YG Friday during a raid at his San Fernando Valley home. The arrest came just two days before his scheduled performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
The rapper was booked on robbery charges, with his attorney saying “he was completely caught off-guard.” The Sheriff’s Department did not disclose which particular incident they arrested him for. Hours later, they released him on bail, set at $250,000. His arraignment takes place January 28.
Prior to his arrest, YG was arrested on a robbery charge for an incident in Las Vegas back in 2018. The victim, Benjamin Naderi, sued him for assault, battery and theft, with Naderi later dismissing the assault lawsuit. However, YG still faces three felony charges—felony robbery, grand larceny, and larceny from a person—and is set to go to trial in March of this year.
A Tribute to Nipsey
YG, along with John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch, are set to honor late rapper Nipsey Hussle at the Grammys tonight. Hussle, an avid activist and entrepreneur, died in March 2019 after Eric Holder Jr. shot him outside of his store, Marathon Clothing. A few months later, several outlets reported Holder shot Hussle following a conversation about snitching.
Hussle spent much of his time working to transform the Crenshaw neighborhood he grew up in. Known as “Neighborhood Nip,” he heavily involved himself in community projects, purchasing the shopping center where Marathon Clothing currently stands. He planned to build affordable housing units, restaurants, start new business ventures and more.
In addition to his ventures, he planned to meet with the LAPD and Roc Nation to discuss how to reduce gang violence in the community. Hussle himself was affiliated with the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang. Sadly, he died the day before the meeting was set to take place.
This year’s Grammys also nominated Hussle for three awards posthumously: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.
There has been no word if YG will continue to perform in tonight’s tribute.