Former Three 6 Mafia member Koopsta Knicca was jailed and charged with assault and robbery this past Sunday (March 5).
Knicca (born Robert Phillips) was taken to Memphis’ Shelby County Jail on the same day his former cohorts hit the stage at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles to perform the Oscar Award-winning song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”
According to The Commercial Appeal, the 30-year-old rapper was scheduled to appear in court this morning (March 9) on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. He is accused of forcing his way into a Memphis home and robbing three people, from which he took a leather jacket, a diamond ring, a cell phone, and $7,000.
Knicca left Three 6 back in 2000, the same year he had been arrested and charged with domestic violence assault and aggravated burglary. Last Novermber, Knicc openly accused Three 6 of trying to blackball him.
Earlier this year, he was charged with writing a friend a bad $850 check, and was arrested on three different occasions in 2005.
Cotton Row Recordings, a label that produced several early Three 6 Mafia records, helped Knicc record after he left the group.
“He is as talented as the best performers in the area,” Cotton Row Recordings owner Nico Lyra told reporters. “He was constantly fighting demons… Trouble was constantly knocking on the door.”
In related news, a Memphis DJ filed a police report against Three 6 Mafia’s Crunchy Black earlier this year, claiming that he had been receiving threats from the rapper prior to a shootout of which he feels he was the intended target.