During the three days the Rolling Loud festival, which claims to be the “Largest Hip-Hop Festival in the World,” thumped in Hard Rock Stadium, the following occurred in Miami-Dade County.
▪ Miami-Dade police were putting crime scene tape around a party bus Friday morning after what Florida Highway Patrol said was a 6:30 a.m. drive-by shooting on southbound Interstate 95 around Northwest 125th Street. One person was hit, FHP said. TMZ.com reported the bus had rapper Young Thug’s entourage and the shots were fired at Young Thug, riding in a car next to the bus. A spokesman for Young Thug told TMZ that Young Thug wasn’t there, but shots were fired at DJ Keyz.
On South Beach
▪ Friday night in South Beach, 24-year-old rapper AAB Hellabandz (real name: Ameer Golston) was killed in a shooting that hospitalized another person in stable condition, according to Miami Beach police. Two police pursuits ended in no arrests and one crash involving two police cruisers. The shooting remains under investigation. Hellabandz had hits “Hatn,” “Hellabandz” (with Freeband Slime), “Facts” and “Count Wrong.”
In Miami Gardens
▪ Before Pompano Beach rapper Kodak Black could take the Rolling Loud stage Saturday night, he was arrested at Hard Rock Stadium on weapons charges by Miami-Dade police with ATF and U.S. Marshals present. As of Monday morning, the performer who legally changed his name from Dieuson Octave to Bill Kapri remained in the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami. Kodak Black has been arrested several times previously.
In Sunny Isles Beach
▪ On Sunday, a fight in front of the Trump International Beach Resort Hotel Miami in Sunny Isles Beach was followed by the shooting of 19-year-old Kaylyn Long as she sat inside a car with rapper NBA YoungBoy, on his way to perform at Rolling Loud; the grazing of a 5-year-old in town from Texas; and the killing of 43-year-old Mohama Jradi, a Hertz employee hit by a stray bullet in the strip mall parking lot across the street.
Miami-Dade police said Monday the gunfire at the SUV with YoungBoy and Long as it left the hotel came from a black Cadillac Escalade heading north on Collins Avenue.
Aventura, Sunny Isles and Miami-Dade police are investigating whether a shooting minutes earlier and less than a mile away might have been connected.
Four men were detained for questioning when their silver GMC Yukon was stopped heading into the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot. Monday, all 11 people detained for questioning in the investigation had been released.
Before Twitter suspended Rolling Loud’s official account Monday, the festival Tweeted, “AND IF YOU DIDN’T ENJOY ROLLING LOUD DESPITE THE HICCUPS, STAY HOME NEXT YEAR...THIS IS HIP-HOP.”
When someone Tweeted back the deaths were more than a hiccup, Rolling Loud Tweeted back, “Ain’t no one die.”