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.

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.


Slim Dunkin’s Funeral; Police Still Searching For Murderer

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As Atlanta police on Friday continued to search for a suspect in the slaying of rapper Slim Dunkin, several hundred people gathered at a church in Stone Mountain for the young music artist’s funeral.

Mourners, some wearing T-shirts and sweatshirts with “R.I.P. Mario Hamilton” and “R.I.P. Dunk”, gathered at Berean Christian Church for the simple 11 a.m. service for the 24-year-old rapper.

The service included biblical readings from the books of Isaiah and John, a prayer, a solo, tributes from several individuals, including his brother, Marcus, a video presentation, a selection from the church’s choir and a “message of Christian hope” from Berean’s pastor, the Rev. Kerwin B. Lee.

Noticeably absent from the program, however, was any reference to “Slim Dunkin.” The program was nearly void of the stage names that are as much a part of a rapper’s identity as the music itself. It listed as one of the honorary pall bearers “Juaquin Malphurs” — a.k.a. Waka Flocka Flame, one of Slim Dunkin’s closest friends. The program did refer to Malphurs as “Waka” in a special acknowledgment at the end. He reportedly helped foot much of the cost for the funeral.

The program also provided a more complete account of Mario Denzel Hamilton’s life, including his years growing up in Detroit and New Jersey before moving to Atlanta. It said he “loved basketball, played with a semi-pro football team in the Atlanta area; and soon after his passion for sports went to his music.” The program, however, didn’t mention the rap music Slim Dunkin was pursuing to make a name for himself.

After the funeral, the casket carrying Slim Dunkin’s remains was to travel through the rapper’s old neighborhood on Rex Road in Clayton County, according to Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home. Burial would be at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia, the funeral home said.

The suspect in the Dec. 16 fatal shooting at a southeast Atlanta recording studio was identified as another local rapper, 28-year-old Young Vito, whose real name is Vinson Hardimon.

“We are urging Mr. Hardimon to turn himself in to authorities because we have reason to believe he may be in danger,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a release Thursday. Police said Friday the search continued for the suspect.

A Twitter posting earlier this year identified Young Vito as an “east Atlanta Zone 6 … street legend turned rapper” who was about to “embark on capitalizing the rap, fashion, & movie industry.”

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding Young Vito and said calls can be made to Atlanta Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or contact the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit at 404-546-4235.

Fellow rappers Waka and Gucci Mane reportedly were picking up much of the cost of the funeral. Slim Dunkin was a childhood friend of Waka’s and appeared on Gucci Mane and Waka’s “Ferrari Boyz” album released over the summer.

Slim Dunkin was a member of Waka’s Brick Squad Monopoly. According to Rapfix.mtv.com, Waka attended a a public viewing Thursday at Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta “and although he was noticeably upset, he also remained composed throughout the night.” The web site also said other members of the Brick Squad, including Wooh Da Kid, also were present.

Witnesses told police Slim Dunkin, 24, got into an argument before a video shoot at a studio on Memorial Drive about 5:30 p.m. last Friday, and the altercation may have started over a piece of candy, according to a report by Channel 2 Action News.

Atlanta Detective David Quinn told Channel 2, “Someone came in and struck him and a fight ensued. Now the information we’re getting and it’s unconfirmed but witnesses are saying that this whole thing started over a piece of candy”.

The person he was arguing with pulled out a pistol and shot Slim Dunkin in the chest, witnesses told police. Hamilton was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

According to the web site HipHopdx, Slim Dunkin was at the Memorial Drive studio to attend a recording session with Gucci Mane and another rap artist, V-Nasty, for a “Push Ups” video when he was killed.

Quinn told Channel 2 police have pushed all week to get the witnesses to open up about the shooting.

“I want the family of Mr. Vinson Hardimon to give us a call, let us know,” the detective said. “We are fearful for his safety, because we don’t want anything to happen to him.”


Waka Flocka Release Debut Album

Posted: Thursday – September 9, 2010

Waka Flocka Flame will release his debut LP on October 5th. The album, which is titled Flockaveli, will feature his hit singles O Let’s Do It, Hard In Da Paint, and No Hands featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale.

The southern rapper is a part of the Gucci Mane-led 1017 Brick Squad along with OJ Da Juiceman, but neither Gucci nor OJ make a guest appearance on the album. The collaborations instead include the likes of Slim Dunkin, Pastor Troy, YG Hootie, Uncle Murda, French Montana, and Gudda Gudda, amongst others, while Hard In Da Paint collaborator Lex Luger mans most of the production on the album. Despite rumors of problems between Gucci and Waka though, the former showed up at a recent listening session for the project.

In other news, Waka was nominated for the title of Hottest Breakthrough MC by MTV and also received two nods from the BET Hip Hop Awards in the categories of Rookie of the Year and Best Club Banger.

The Georgia rapper will release the music video for No Hands soon and according to him, “The concept is just girls, sexy women. No hands, we in the club, we in our party, we in our zone. It’s about the women. She’s sexy, she’s elegant. We just went from there.”

Check out the tracklisting for Flockaveli below:

1. Bustin’ At ‘Em
2. Hard In Da Paint
3. TTG (Trained To Go) Ft. French Montana, YG Hootie, Joe Moses, & Baby Bomb
4. Bang Ft. YG Hootie & Slim Dunkin
5. No Hands Ft. Roscoe Dash & Wale
6. Young Money/Bricksquad Ft. Gudda Gudda
7. Fuck The Club Up Ft. Pastor Troy & Slim Dunkin
8. Homies Ft. YG Hootie, Popa Smurf, & Slim Dunkin
9. Grove St. Party Ft. Kebo Gotti
10. O Let’s Do It
11. Karma Ft. YG Hootie & Popa Smurf
12. Live By The Gun Ft. Raw Diggs & Uncle Murda
13. For My Dawgs
14. G Check Ft. YG Hootie, Bo Deal, & Joe Moses
15. Snake In The Grass Ft. Cartier
16. Smoke, Drank Ft. Mouse & Kebo Gotti
17. Fuck This Industry

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