Lloyd Banks and Young Buck Cleared of Gun Charges
Thu, 09 Nov 2006 11:05:56
Prosecutors dropped felony gun possession charges against Lloyd Banks and Young Buck after discovering that -- oops! -- neither one of them ever possessed the guns in question.
The two G-Unit rappers were arrested in August 2005 after a concert with Eminem and 50 Cent at Madison Square Garden. Their vehicle had been pulled over after running a red light in Manhattan, and a search of the van revealed a loaded gun and another weapon. A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said that one suspect has pleaded guilty in the case, and a second suspect is still under indictment.
The dropped charges are especially good news for Young Buck, who is on three years probation after pleading no contest to stabbing a man with a fork during the ill-fated 2004 Vibe Awards.
"The whole experience reminds me of the title of my new album -- Rotten Apple," said Banks, deftly managing to plug his album and shake his fist at the Man in a single sentence. Rotten Apple is out now -- and receiving lukewarm reviews -- while Young Buck is expected to release his next album in February. Both albums will have had a delayed release. Young Buck explained his pushed date by telling Billboard that he wanted Interscope [G-Unit's parent label] to give him a "whole, total push."
--The ARTISTdirect Staff