Southern rapper Lil Wyte has released a statement killing rumors and reports which suggest he got arrested in Tennessee earlier this week on a drunk driving charge.
According to Wyte, he did appear at a jail last Thursday (July 26) however it was not under new charges.
“I have been made aware there have been some mis-reported accusations made in the media and on social networks today regarding my appearance at the Montgomery County jail on July 26, 2012. Admittedly, in 2009 I made a dumb decision to drive under the influence after a concert in Clarksville, Tennessee. At that time, I had some weed on me, and was arrested and taken to jail. [sic]” (Statement)
Wyte also said since his 2009 arrest, he has placed emphasis on important matters like family.
“Since then, I have been on tour and so busy with my career and family the last few years, that I just recently had the time to take care of that particular situation. So yes, I was inside the Montgomery County jail on July 26, 2012, but it was only to get my affairs regarding the 2009 situation back in order. Yes, I dodged the law, and the law is always going to win. I have truly learned my lesson, and just want to clear the air about what you thought you knew. Anyway, thanks for the promo. New Lil Wyte album #StillDoubted on iTunes an @ Best Buy for $8.99! [sic]” (Statement)
Reports of the alleged late week arrest hit the Internet Thursday night.
Memphis rapper Lil Wyte had a run-in with the law in Montgomery County on Thursday. Lil Wyte, whose legal name is Patrick Lanshaw, was booked into Montgomery County Jail on charges of DUI and drug possession at about 3:50 p.m. by Sheriff’s Deputy Oliver Marcidas. Lil Wyte’s claim to fame is with the rap group Hypnotize Minds, and he’s done work with Three 6 Mafia and DJ Paul, according to various online biographies. Lanshaw, 29, who gave a Cordova address, was released on $1,500 bond. (The Leaf Chronicle)
Wyte is most known for breaking out onto the hip-hop scene in the early 2000’s.
When the quick-rapping, crunk to the core Lil Wyte first came to the attention of the Three 6 Mafia it was with an all-white group of which Wyte was a member. The group fell apart but the Memphis-based Wyte was too skilled to be stopped. Three 6 Mafia members Juicy J and DJ Paul signed the under-21 rapper immediately after the group’s disbanding and soon were working on his debut. Doubt Me Now appeared in 2003 and became a word-of-mouth hit among crunk and Southern rap’s hardcore fans. Wyte’s “Smoking Song” started to appear on numerous street-level mixtapes and Internet message boards were filled with Wyte talk. (All Music)