Silentó, the US rapper who sparked a viral dance craze with world hit Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), has been arrested and charged with the homicide of his cousin.
The 23-year-old rapper, actual title Richard Hawk, is charged with killing Frederick Rooks, 34, within the south-eastern suburbs of Atlanta. Rooks had been shot within the face and leg and was pronounced useless on the scene. Safety footage confirmed a number of vehicles fleeing the realm following the assault.
“After a radical investigation, detectives recognized Hawk as Rooks’ cousin, and the particular person accountable for Rooks’ homicide,” the DeKalb County police division mentioned in a press release. “Investigators are nonetheless working to uncover the motive for the taking pictures.” Hawk is being held at DeKalb County Jail.
Hawk’s sole hit as Silentó, Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), was launched in 2015, and reached No 3 within the US charts and No 19 within the UK. Powered by the recognition of its accompanying dance, its music video is the 83rd most considered YouTube video of all time, with 1.79bn views.
He additionally had a minor hit guesting on Dessert by Dawin in 2015, however has not reached the US High 100 since.
In August 2020, he was arrested and charged over an alleged home violence incident in Orange County, California, and later launched. The next day he was arrested once more, having allegedly entered a stranger’s dwelling with an axe whereas looking for his girlfriend, in accordance with Los Angeles police. He was charged with two counts of assault with a lethal weapon and later launched on bail, although the bail was revoked after he didn’t attend a courtroom listening to the next month. His subsequent courtroom listening to was scheduled for March.
In October, he was recorded driving at 143mph on an Atlanta motorway, and claimed he was making an attempt to keep away from being adopted after a nightclub look.