20 reported gang members were slapped with weapons charges stemming from a rap music video shoot earlier this year.
Two rappers — Maxo Kream, real name Emekwanem Biosah, and NFL Cartel Bo, real name Warren Brown — were filming a video for their song “Hoova” back in March at Lakewood Park in Houston, Texas, according to local outlet KRPC.
The video, uploaded to the YouTube account of rap-focused website WorldStarHipHop, featured an arsenal of guns being brandished, many of which were loaded and/or stolen, according to police.
When police arrived at the park, which was located next to an elementary school, most of the people in the video reportedly fled the scene and left the firearms behind, KRPC reports. Some were arrested on the spot over open warrants.
Police said drugs were also found; although specific narcotics weren't mentioned, some extras appeared to be grasping double-stacked disposable cups; such "double cups" have increasingly become iconic in rap culture as a winking reference to "lean," an increasingly popular concoction made from pharmaceutical-strength codeine cough syrup and any number of fruity soft drinks.
Authorities used the video — which has garnered over 2 million views since it was uploaded in May — afterward to identify and track down those who fled the video shoot, most of who police said were known gang members and criminals. They have charged 20 people with illegal possession of a weapon, according to KPRC.
As of Monday, 11 of the 20 were in custody.
Brown, a convicted felon, is among the nine others still ducking police. He was initially released on bond and ordered to wear an ankle monitor, but he cut it off and has been on the run ever since.
Maxo Kream, a rapper who has been gaining popularity since the January release of his critically-acclaimed mixtape "Punken," was not arrested.
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