Man Accused Of Killing Slim Dunkin Surrenders

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The man accused of killing Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin turned himself in to police Monday.

Vinson Hardimon, 28, also known as Young Vito, is being held at the Fulton County jail on murder and gun possession charges pending a bond hearing.

According to witnesses, while at a video shoot in a Memorial Drive studio, Slim Dunkin, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, was shot in the chest on the evening of Dec. 16 during a fight that allegedly started over a piece of candy, police said.

Investigators believe Hardimon was the man who argued with Slim Dunkin, eventually pulling out a pistol and firing at the young rapper.

Atlanta police put out a lookout for Hardimon, and through the media advised Hardimon to turn himself in, warning that his life might be in danger.

“I got a call today from his attorney,” Atlanta police homicide Det. David Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “He said he wished to turn himself in.”

Sometime after 2 p.m., attorney Derrick Wright brought Hardimon to Atlanta Police headquarters, Quinn said. From there, Hardimon was taken to the Fulton jail.

Quinn pointed out that Hardimon’s appearance had changed significantly after the shooting, comparing his picture in the wanted poster to the man who showed up Monday.

“He cut off those dreadlocks and was clean-shaven,” Quinn said, pointing out a previous photo showed Hardimon with a dark goatee and mustache and long hair.

Hardimon has been arrested at least four times in Fulton County dating back to 2004 on charges ranging from traffic violations to aggravated assault and child cruelty.

Each arrest included charges for carrying a gun, whether illegally concealing weapons or using a firearm while committing a felony, according to jail records.

Slim Dunkin was considered an up-and-comer in local rap star Waka Flaka Flame’s Brick Squad Monopoly hip hop collective.

Investigators are still trying to piece together the facts behind the shooting, Quinn said.

“There were at least 30 people in the studio at the time of the shooting,” he said. “They should get in touch with me. We want the facts. It’s the right thing to do.”

Police are asking that anyone with information in the case call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477 or contact Quinn at 404-245-8039.

Heavy D Died From Blood Clot

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Rapper Heavy D died last month of a blood clot in his lung that was likely formed during a long flight home from London, where he had performed a tribute to Michael Jackson, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office.

Although some had speculated that Heavy D’s weight or pneumonia played a role in his death last month, the autopsy report released Tuesday revealed that he suffered from deep leg thrombosis that caused a pulmonary embolism.

Known as the silent killer, a pulmonary embolism is the medical term for a blood clot in the lung. A blockage typically forms in the legs. During long periods of inactivity, the clot can break off and travel to the lung, where it can become fatal if not treated immediately, said Dr. Matthew Butteri, who specializes in internal medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center.

“It’s the equivalent of a heart attack,” Butteri said. “Just like when you have a blockage in your coronary arteries and you have a heart attack. Well, this is an infraction in your lungs, so it’s really a lung attack because the blood clot is preventing getting oxygen to critical lung tissue.”

Butteri recommended in-flight exercises and short walks during flights to prevent clots from forming.

Heavy D, who was born Dwight Arrington Myers, collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home Nov. 8 and later died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 44.

At the time of his death, the musician was being treated by a private physician for a cough that some said may have become pneumonia. A toxicology report found the presence of medication in Heavy D’s system, but it was at a therapeutic level.

He was 6 feet 3 and weighed more than 300 pounds at one point, but had slimmed down in recent years. His weight was not a factor in his death, authorities say.

Instead, Craig Harvey, chief of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said the blood clot was “most likely formed during an extended airplane ride.”

Heavy D helped shape rap music in the late 1980s and ’90s with a fusion of New Jack Swing and reggae. He later became an actor, most recently appearing in the movie “Tower Heist.”

Other well-known figures have died or suffered from the condition. Tennis star Serena Williams underwent emergency surgery in Los Angeles in March for a potentially lethal blood clot in her lung. In 2003, NBC correspondent David Bloom died of a pulmonary embolism in Iraq, three days after complaining about cramping behind his knee.

Factors that cause the condition include immobility, such as being bed-ridden or taking long flights; surgery; smoking; the use of birth control pills; and a genetic predisposition.

BREAKING NEWS: Police Name Suspect In Slim Dunkin’s Murder

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Police have identified the suspect in the murder of Slim Dunkin’ as Atlanta rapper Young Vito, real name Vinson Hardimon. He is currently not in custody and authorities are urging him to turn himself in as soon as possible because he may be in danger.

“We are urging Mr. Hardimon to turn himself in to authorities because we have reason to believe he may be in danger,” reads the release, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The killing was believed to be preceded by an argument and physical altercation between the two over a piece of candy. And interestingly enough, Vito’s single Fish Scale On My Scale was only viewable via a YouTtube page linked to USDA, a southern rap group founded by Young Jeezy. It has since been removed. If the public has any information about the whereabouts of Young Vito, they are urged to call the tip line or the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit at 404.577.TIPS (8477).

The news comes just as Slim’s family and friends prepare for his funeral. The Brick Squad affiliate’s funeral took place today (December 23) at 11 a.m. at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain. His childhood friend Waka Flocka and label mate Gucci Mane will be paying for most of his funeral including a “white horse-drawn carriage, massive white floral arrangements, and a white dove release ceremony,” according to TMZ. The wake was held Thursday afternoon at Willie A Watkins Funeral Home’s chapel. The rapper will be laid to rest at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia.


Rapper Nelly ‘sued by American Express over an unpaid $20K credit card bill’

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First there were reports that Nelly had lost all of his money due to gambling and then stories surfaced about foreclosure.

Now it is alleged that the rapper is being sued by American Express for running up a $20,403.64 credit card debt.

The 37-year-old Country Grammar performer has sold more 21 million albums in the United States alone.

But he is said to have been having money troubles for months – if his ex-manager is to be believed.

In May it was reported that the hip-hop star whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr had reportedly lost all his money because of a gambling problem and was facing losing his home to foreclosure.

However Nelly insisted the stories were false and he even took to Twitter debunk the claims.

‘I no some hoping that 4closure statement is tru but I’m sorry EPIC FAIL!’ Nelly tweeted.

TMZ is now reporting that Nelly owes $20,403.64 to American Express.

The credit card company filed a lawsuit against the star in Missouri in October to try and get their money back, including $3,000 in attorney’s fees. A court hearing is scheduled for January 9.

The Mail Online contacted Nelly’s representatives, but so far they have not responded.

The Texas native has also had to address rumours of steroid use in the past after a celebrity drug dealer named the star as one of his long list of high-profile clientèle back in 2008, but Nelly quickly fired back.

‘The only people who say that is people who don’t work out. Anyone who goes to the gym knows what Nelly is doing is nothing,’ the rap star said during a 2008 interview when he was asked about the rumours.

The rap artist has been dating R&B singer Ashanti since 2004.


Young Buck Is Selling His Name

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Young Buck faces an obstacle that most rappers never want to come across during their music career. The Tennessee native and former G-Unit signee may have to sell his rap moniker as a result of his current bankruptcy case.

The Tennessean newspaper reports that the trustee administering the 30-year-old rapper’s estate plans to sell his trademarked “Young Buck” name along with other assets. Buck filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and Judge George C. Paine II recently signed an order converting the case from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.

“My name, Young Buck, has been with me since I was 12, 13 years old,” Buck stated. “At the end of the day, it’s ridiculous. My name wasn’t given to me by G-Unit Records. They didn’t name me Young Buck. My mother calls me Young Buck.”

The conversion of his case does little to help Young Buck, born David Darnell Brown, who was close to signing with Birdman’s Cash Money label. The deal would have helped move the ‘Straight Outta Cashville’ rhymer out of debt slowly, being able to pay back child support he owes as well as the more than $10 million he reportedly owes 50 Cent and G-Unit Records.

Buck has been locked in a bitter legal dispute with the record label since 2008, which prevents him from recording any new material.


Rapper Tyler The Creator Arrested

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Tyler, The Creator was arrested last night following a show at a nightclub on the famed Sunset Strip.

The rapper, 20, who is known for violent and explicit lyrics, was charged with vandalising sound equipment in an LA nightclub.

The star, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was performing with his rap group Odd Future at the Roxy Theater night when an electric soundboard was destroyed, causing the venue’s security team to call police.

‘Suspect Okonma exited the location and was placed under arrest by deputies for felony vandalism, due to the value of the electronic soundboard,’ said a spokesman for the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station.

‘As he was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street towards the deputies.’

West Hollywood is a Los Angeles-area city in which many of the Sunset Strip clubs are located.

Footage from celebrity showbiz website TMZ.com showed the rapper being jovial while sitting in the back of a police car, while amateur audience video showed the rapper kicking items around stage before leaving the venue.

TMZ also reported that the rapper was taken into custody in front of his mother.

But Tyler, The Creator, who received the best new artist award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, took to Twitter on Friday to deny the reports.

He wrote: ‘I Wasnt In No Jail Or Arrested Or Nothing,’ before posting a video that showed a raucous crowd jumping onto the stage during the Roxy show.

A representative for the rapper could not immediately be reached for comment at this time

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