Maybach Music Group’s Gunplay has stepped up to confirm he is no longer on house arrest after spending roughly 90 days confined to his residence over a felony charge.
According to Gunplay, he finally got let loose from house arrest thanks to a Florida judge a couple days ago.
On Thursday, a judge granted him reprieve from house arrest, he told Rolling Stone in an interview at his Hialeah, Florida, residence last night. The rapper, born Richard Morales, will now face trial on February 25th for the armed robbery charges, for which he faces a potential life sentence. Despite video evidence that appears to show him forcefully taking a gold chain and cell phone during a dispute with his former accountant, Gunplay says he fully expects to beat the case and is already plotting a tour in the spring. “Not guilty,” he told Rolling Stone. “The problem that we had was between me and him but that’s what happens sometimes. We’re just waiting for the last trial date so we can get [the case] kicked out.” (Rolling Stone)
He also spoke on Def Jam having his back despite the bad press.
But with all of the rapper’s recent troubles and controversies – which also include a brawl at last September’s BET Hip-Hop Awards and a flap over a swastika tattoo on his back – does his label still have his back? “I’m pretty confident,” Gunplay says. “I just got off the phone with Def Jam today, letting them know the good news. Everybody’s attitude is ‘ready.'” (Rolling Stone)
Reports of his house arrest release heated up the Internet early Friday (January 18).
Cower in fear: MMG rapper and human L.A. Riot Richard Morales, better known as Gunplay, is apparently back on the street after his October arrest for armed robbery and aggravated assault charges, according to DDotOmen and confirmed by both Gunplay and Rick Ross‘ Twitter accounts. The news comes just in time for the release of the rapper’s Cops and Robbers mixtape, due out tomorrow. The follow-up to last year’s 601 and Snort and The Prelude mixtapes, which helped build his buzz after a high-profile Kendrick Lamar collaboration; that song was listed as Complex’s second-best song of 2012. (Complex)
Last fall, footage of Gunplay’s actual crime sprouted online.
Rapper Gunplay PULLED A FIREARM on his accountant during a meeting in April in an explosive fit of rage … and the entire incident was captured by surveillance cameras. Gunplay allegedly stole a cell phone and a gold chain during the incident … and was later charged with armed robbery. He turned himself in to Miami-Dade Police earlier this week. Gunplay — real name Richard Morales Jr. — also faces a second charge of aggravated assault with a firearm. According to the rapper’s attorney, Gunplay could face life in prison if convicted on both counts. (TMZ)
Check out a recent Gunplay interview: