Southside, the founder of hip-hop production collective 808 Mafia, was arrested in Florida on Sunday after a traffic stop yielded loaded weapons.
The beloved producer, responsible for Future's "Diamonds From Africa" and "Illest Motherf----r Alive," from Kanye West & Jay-Z's album "Watch the Throne," was initially pulled over in Aventura for having tinted windows that were too dark. However, police became suspicious when they asked for his driver's license, and the 32-year-old could not produce any. They soon found that his driver's license had been suspended in May 2019. A search of the vehicle produced two loaded weapons. While Southside, whose real name is Joshua Luellen, does possess a concealed carry permit, authorities found that it was also suspended. He was subsequently arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm and knowingly driving with a suspended license. The 32-year-old has since been released.
Upon his release from jail, Southside took to his Instagram to attribute his arrest to jealously and racism. In the clip, he says that the officers were jealous at the sight of a wealthy Black man in a Maybach truck. He also refutes claims that his driver's license is suspended.
"I do have driver's license 100%," he stated on the Instagram Live session that garnered over 1,200 views. Southside appeared unfazed by his legal troubles as he announced new music on the way in the upcoming days.
We're glad to see Southside is out of jail and back on the track.
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