AS PART OF THIS SERIES WE WILL BE FEATURING NEWS OR WEB ARTICLES FROM THE RAP ARTIST PAST AND PRESENT AS A REMINDER OF THE ARTIST SUCCESS AND SHORT COMINGS.OUR INTENTIONS ARE TO EITHER EDUCATE NEW FANS OR REMIND EXISTING FANS OF THE THINGS THE FEATURED ARTIST HAS BEEN THROUGH.J DIGGS WAS CHOSEN ON THE BASIS OF HIS IMPORTANCE TO THE WEST COAST RAP GAME AND HOW MANY TIMES HE COULD HAVE FAILED BUT HASN’T . THE FIRST ARTICLE WAS RELEASED AND SOME READERS MISUNDERSTOOD THE ARTICLE AS OLD NEWS .WELL ITS GONNA BE THE FIRST OF MANY RANDOM ARTICLES FROM THE ARTIST PAST .AS J DIGGS IS A WEST COAST LIVING LEGEND WHO HAS SURVIVED MANY TRAGEDIES .
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The co-CEO of San Francisco hip-hop record label Thizz Entertainment was arrested Thursday evening in Truckee for felony possession of a handgun.
J Diggs, 43, of Sacramento, was driving a rented 2015 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on Interstate 80 when he was pulled over near the Hirschdale off-ramp for speeding, said California Highway Patrol Officer Michael McDonnell.
Diggs is a Bay Area rapper who once was known as Jamal Diggs, but has since changed his legal name to J Diggs.
He was clocked at 75 mph, McDonnell said. Once stopped, McDonnell said he smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” and also noticed the vehicle’s backseat had been modified and “broken open so you could see in it,” leading to a probable cause search of the Suburban.
Inside, a loaded .40 caliber handgun was found. Diggs was arrested without incident and booked early Friday morning on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He remained in Nevada County Jail as of midday Friday on $50,000 bail.
One of Diggs’ passengers, David Carlos Gutierrez, 27, of Citrus Heights, Calif., also was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and vandalism.
Gutierrez was “less than cooperative,” McDonnell said, and damaged the dashboard of a CHP vehicle after he was detained. Gutierrez also was found with roughly three grams of heroin.
The drug charge is a misdemeanor, as that amount is considered personal use, according to California Proposition 47, which went into effect this year.
Gutierrez was released Friday morning.
A third passenger was released at the scene, McDonnell said.
Diggs, who’s gone by the stage names “Jay Digs” or “J-Diggs tha Rockstar” and is referred to as “The Boss of the Bay,” was named co-CEO of Thizz Entertainment in 2004 after its founder, renowned rapper and West Coast hip hop pioneer Mac Dre, was shot to death.
Rappers Kilo Curt, Miami tha Most and Mac Mall are also co-CEOs of the independent label that was initially named Romp Records upon its founding in 1996.
According to media reports, Diggs, Mac Dre and Kilo Curt were arrested in 1992 in Fresno, Calif., on charges of conspiracy to rob a bank; Diggs received a 10-year prison sentence.
According to his biography, Diggs — a Vallejo, Calif., native who drew inspiration from hip hop legends Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Too Short — made a bigger name for himself as a rapper while incarcerated.
After he got out of prison, he appeared in numerous TV shows and films, such as BET’s “Oh Drama” and “American Gangsters.”
He was also reportedly arrested in 2012, along with three other Thizz Entertainment members, on suspicion of assault and attempted murder in Hawaii, and in 2013 in Utah on a felony warrant out of Hawaii, and for drug and drug-related charges.
It wasn’t immediately known if Diggs has an attorney.
Infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who daringly escaped prison on July 11, utilized a tunnel leading from the only “supermax” maximum-security prison in Mexico, where he’d been held. At least that’s the explanation Mexican authorities have given as to how the leader of the Sinaloa cartel escaped prison for the second time.
In the aftermath of the escape, VICE News went to Almoloya de Juarez to inspect the exit of the tunnel that “El Chapo” allegedly used, and spoke with an activist and former inmate of Altiplano prison who claims to have discovered flaws in the authorities’ version of events.
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salute the jacka
There’s a promoter that’s been advertising an 8 city Drizzy tour in May, except they forgot one very small, minor issue: Drake didn’t give permission, and he’s actually not performing at any of those venues.
In fact, Drake is urging fans to call authorities if they managed to get fooled!
Apparently, tickets were reportedly in the $350 range in Miami and Houston. So, naturally Drake’s team is trying to deduce who the culprit might be.
Nearly three weeks after rapper “The Jacka” was gunned down in East Oakland, police have not named a suspect and have not made any arrests despite being close enough to the killers to hear the gunshots that took his life.
The February 2nd homicide occurred on MacArthur Boulevard near 94th Avenue at 8:14 p.m. on a Monday night. An unidentified gunman escaped.
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“The case is actively being investigated,” said Officer Johnna Watson, Oakland Police Department Public Information Officer.
“We continue to follow up leads and encourage community assistance through tips to help solve this case. At this time we are not releasing any additional information,” she added.
Oakland Police would not respond to CBS SF’s requests about whether there were any suspects, whether witnesses were coming forward, what the motive was, and whether they were confident they would eventually make an arrest and conviction.
37-year-old Dominic Newton, who went by the stage name “The Jacka,” was found by patrol units shortly after officers heard the shot or shots. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Pittsburg resident began his rap career in the late 1990s as a member of Mob Figaz, before launching a solo career in 2001. The Jacka has collaborated with a number of Bay Area hip-hop stars such as E-40 and Mistah F.A.B. His latest album, What Happened To The World, was released just two months ago.
Oakland Police failed to clear 72 percent of the city’s 2012 homicides by mid 2013, according to a KQED report. This interactive data map shows the areas where no arrests had been made in the murder. Clicking each dot will bring up the news report about the killing, and the status from February 2013, when the map was built.
Although i have been to nearly 1,000 concerts in my time as a promoter,artist,photographer and fan this is the worst possible situation i have come to see and it hits close to home because i have done several major events at this very venue.bottom line is it happened and as a community and people in general this is the type of thing is what is going to ultimately run the hip hop into the ground.please understand this is my personal opinion so with that i ll flat out say bitches with guns stay your asses at home any man or woman that cant solve his or her differences with words or hands is a straight up bitch..my deepest apologies to the victims of this senseless crime.this is my off the cuff first response opinion.I understand even my close personal people were hurt as well …. say no to gun violence…..
A large group of people marched near downtown Houston Friday afternoon in support of a jailed hip-hop artist they say was wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault in May 2002.
Carlos Coy was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the assault of a 9-year-old girl who was staying at his home during a children’s sleepover.
Coy is known as South Park Mexican in Houston’s Latin hip-hop scene. He was a popular act in the late ’90s and early ’00s until the conviction and incarceration. In the past decade supporters have remained united behind him.
According to the Houston Press, this week representatives from the rapper’s local label, Dope House Records, intended to march to the Harris County district attorney’s office for a peaceful protest of the 12-year-old conviction. They say that Coy was convicted based on hearsay,without physical evidence. They would like to see his case retried. After the protest the group planned to return to the label’s location on Center Street for a mixer.
According to the Houston Press, Coy may not get a chance for parole until he’s at least 52 years old. Coy turns 44 on Sunday.
A Houston Press feature in the summer of 2002 told the tale of Coy, once the pride of Houston’s burgeoning hip-hop turned convicted child molester. His story of small-time street thug turned inspiration to Hispanic youth touched many, making the child molestation conviction more shocking to his supporters.
His label has managed to release new music under his name since his 2002 conviction, including the recent “Son of Norma” LP released on Sept. 30.