Brooklyn rapper Maino recently found himself on the wrong side of the law as reports claim he was arrested in his New York City hometown for driving with a suspended license.
Details of the unexpected run-in with police surfaced online this week.
Maino — the rapper behind the 2009 hit “All The Above” — was arrested in NYC recently after cops say he was cruising around in a pimped out Bentley he had no business driving in the first place, TMZ has learned. We’ve confirmed … Maino — real name Jermaine Coleman — was initially pulled over around 10:54 PM on September 25 after cops say he was driving his 2008 Bentley around without a front license plate. During the stop, cops discovered that Maino’s license had been suspended for a previous incident — and he shouldn’t have been driving ANY vehicle … let alone one without a license plate. Maino was eventually taken into custody for driving on a suspended license. He was booked and released … and he’s due back in court in November. (TMZ)
Since the news went public, Maino has already stepped forward with an update.
UPDATE 6:45 PM PT — Maino tells us he already entered a guilty plea and paid a fine. He also claims he’s gotten his license back since the arrest. One thing hasn’t changed — he has NOT put a front license plate on his Bentley Continental, because Maino says he’s not drilling any holes in his whip. (TMZ)
Back in 2010, the Brooklyn rap veteran suffered a similar experience.
The “Hi Hater” singer, whose real name is Jermaine Coleman, 37, was pulled over at 4:30 p.m. after he allegedly refused cops’ directions to keep driving on Sixth Avenue, and made a turn onto 53rd Street. He was given a desk appearance ticket and released. Coleman has said he learned to rap during a 10-year prison stint, where he spent 10 years for kidnapping and robbing a drug dealer. (New York Post)
The reports follow Maino’s new release of his joint record “What Happened” with Jadakiss.
Consider this an official “Control” verse response. While Maino and Jadakiss proudly put their city on their backs, the two have to inquire about what happened to real Big Apple rappers. From a lack of regional royalty to quick-fix features to overused Mike WiLL beats (although Jadakiss admits he’ll probably work with him), the duo blame everyone for the demise of New York’s hip hop scene. (VIBE)
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