New York rapper Bobby Shmurda is making headlines this weekend for allegedly being involved in a physical altercation with rival gangs Bloods and Crips in jail last month.

Reports claim Shmurda and five other inmates were performing jail duties when a fight broke out at Otis Bantum Correctional Center.

We’re told the brawl was in full swing when guards came upon the inmates punching the crap out of each other. A little color commentary — the combatants included an accused burglar, shmurderer, sodomist, and kidnapper. Jail officials believe it was a Bloods and Crips thing — we’re told 4 of the inmates, including Bobby, are Crips … while the other 2 are Bloods. Guards broke up the melee with 3 blasts of a pepper spray like “chemical agent.” (TMZ)

Check out what Bobby Shmurda’s legal team said about the case on the next page…

Shmurda recently argued politics were playing a large part in his current predicament.

“I’m innocent,” Ackquille Pollard says. His orange jumpsuit stands out from the gray walls of the Manhattan Detention Complex, his smile bright and white and flawless as ever. “I’ll explain it to all of them. I’m just a young black kid coming from a nasty neighborhood. I made it out, and a lot of people don’t want to see that.” (Vulture)

Last month, Shmurda’s defense attorney Kenneth Montgomery talked about his client heading to court over the case.

“I expect—like most of my cases, the thousands of cases that I’ve had—I expect the judge to have a decision based on a motion that I authored and gave the courts and the prosecutors to respond. And I expect the case to be put on some sort of track for discovery to make sure all the paperwork is turned over. I expect to give a hard drive [to obtain] outstanding videotapes and other discovery that the district attorney has and I expect to get locked in to try to fight this case.” (XXL Mag)

G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks talked to SOHH about Shmurda’s situation earlier this year.

“I think that them coming in with that raw energy, you got to be on the same radar regardless. You are young, black and not supposed to be here. I was fortunate enough to get out of it, I didn’t sit too long any time I was locked up. But at the same time, it’s not nothing really to talk highly about. I just hope that they can get through that situation okay.” (SOHH)