Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci is one of a dozen Blood gang members named in a 105-count racketeering indictment. Prosecutors said Lucci’s social media and songs were used as evidence for the charges.
“I think that it sends a significant message, a profound message that regardless of your status that the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in partnership is coming after you if you violate the crimes in our county, in our city,” Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said.
Lucci, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett, is currently out on bond for an unrelated murder charge. The 29-year-old will be required to turn himself in for the new charges, which all fall under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
“This indictment is unprecedented. Period,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told a local news outlet.
According to the indictment, the allegations against Lucci include assaulting someone by strangulation, tampering with evidence of homicide by concealing a crime scene and vehicle by hiding it, and encouraging the striking and kicking of a person for playing rival gang music.
Willis told the outlet that her team used the rapper’s “Shine On” music video to tie Lucci to fellow rapper Bloody Jay. He is also named in the indictment. The song reportedly contains lyrics promoting gang activity.
His attorney, Drew Findling, denies that Lucci is a gang member.