Rapper YG Arrested Just Days Before He's to Perform at GRAMMYs
By Jackie Willis
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Rapper YG was arrested on Friday morning.
Deputy James Nagao of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department tells ET that they arrested YG at 4 a.m. and obtained a warrant to search his home as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
The 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, was taken to Men's Central Jail in L.A. where he was booked for robbery. YG's bail was set at $250,000 and he remains in custody. His arraignment has been set for Tuesday in Compton Court.
YG's arrest comes just days before he is to perform at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. The rapper was to join Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch in a tribute performance for the late Nipsey Hussle, a three-time GRAMMY nominee and YG's friend.
As for whether the rapper will be able to make the ceremony following his arrest, YG's attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells ET that they are hoping to have him released from custody by end of day.
"We are posting bail. Quite frankly I suspect the timing of this was not coincidental. I think the whole purpose of this was to prevent him from doing that tribute to Nipsey [Hussle] on Sunday at the GRAMMYs," Tacopina says. "There’s no reason he should not be able to perform because he’s going to be able to post bail. The district attorney’s not even involved in these charges. It’s just a police case right now. The timing is more than little suspect."
Hussle died on March 31 after being shot down outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in L.A. He was 33. After his death, YG was among a slew of artists that honored him both on social media and onstage. Here's a look back at those tributes: