A Florida rapper is unhurt after staging his own shooting during a live stream.
In an Instagram Live video posted Sunday, Project Youngin was playing songs from his car when the sound of gunfire rang out and his phone fell to the ground. Speculation mounted over his condition — and what transpired in the video — but he remained quiet until Thursday, when he reappeared on the platform.
"In life, they say you're not a legend until you're gone," the rapper said in an Instagram post. "People don't really know you or show real support until you're dead or in jail."
The message shows the original Instagram Live stream, where Project Youngin was counting $100 bills, three shots rang out, and he dropped the phone. The video then cut to the rapper in the car with a professionally shot camera and special effects bullet damage. The post turns out to be the intro to the rapper's new video for his song Thug Souljas.
Hours later the rapper posted again, writing, “I don't owe anybody sh-t but my Fans! And people that I love n who love me! I ain't fake my death I never said I was dead nor I got shot,” he wrote. “That ain't nun to play bout.”
He then shared another excerpt of his new video.
"... but to my real fans I do apologize for the misunderstanding Love y'all," he wrote.
Earlier in the night, the rapper had posted an Instagram story from a studio in Broward County, the same area where breakout star XXXTentacion was shot dead weeks earlier.
Critics accused Youngin of chasing clout, asking why he stayed silent as condolences poured in.
Others said Youngin shouldn't feel the need to explain himself.
The rapper, whose real name is Rasheed Jamaal Hall, appeared on the music scene in 2017 with track called Family Eats, with Atlanta rapper Ralo. He's collaborated with many rappers since, and his latest mixtape, Group Home Living, dropped in May.