apper Young City has been arrested for an armed robbery charge he picked up as a juvenile.
The New Orleans native, who was arrested July 31 in an Atlanta, Ga. suburb, was cited for speeding by Gwinnett County authorities.
Police continued to hold the rapper (born Kevin Barnes) after discovering he was wanted for armed robbery in Baltimore, Maryland.
Barnes, a former Bad Boy Records artist who gained fame on MTV’s Making the Band, was one of many who evacuated New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
He reportedly lives in Atlanta.
According to sources, Barnes fled New Orleans for Baltimore after becoming involved in several altercations with rival teens.
“From what I understand, Young City’s time in Baltimore was positive, said Filthy Phil, CEO of Barnes’ current recording home Nomad Entertainment. “It is when his life and career began to take form. In fact, he was in Baltimore when the MTV situation came along.”
Barnes, who is considered a flight risk, is currently being held in a Gwinnett County jail without bond. He is waiting to be extradited to Baltimore to face charges.
“What is so disturbing about the whole situation is that family and friends were not made aware that he was being detained for four days,” Filthy Phil revealed. “We had just completed his photo shoot on Sunday and then we did not hear from him for a few days. It was when he missed his mid-week scheduled studio session that we became concerned and finally made aware of this misfortune.”
Barnes, who maintains his innocence, believes he, like many of his hip hop peers, is a victim of harassment and profiling. The rapper recently completed his latest project which is expected to be released in January.