East Rutherford, NJ – Hours after gun charges against him in New York City were dropped this month, rapper Roddy Ricch led the audience at a musical festival in New Jersey in an anti-police chant.
“We’re in New Jersey, right? So, I need everybody to say ‘F–k NYPD. F—k NYPD!’” Ricch opened his set at Hot 97’s Summer Jam on June 12.
Ricch was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. in Queens, New York on June 11 as he was on his way to perform at a music festival at Citi Field called Governor’s Ball, the New York Daily News reported.
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers stopped Ricch’s vehicle at a security checkpoint at the venue and found a loaded gun in the performer’s vehicle, according to Rolling Stone.
Officials said a Canik 9mm handgun with a high-capacity magazine containing nine bullets was found under a passenger seat in the vehicle, the New York Daily News reported.
NYPD also took Ricch’s security guards – 57-year-old Carlos Collins and 46-year-old Michael Figueroa – into custody.
All three men were charged with criminal possession of a weapon, possession of a large capacity ammo feeding device, and unlawful possession of that device, according to Rolling Stone.
However, charges against Ricch and Collins were dismissed that weekend and they were released.
Figueroa was arraigned on the charges the same day in Queens Criminal Court, the New York Daily News reported.
According to the criminal complaint, Figueroa was riding shotgun in the Cadillac and told a security guard who asked him to get out of the vehicle that “I am not ready to get out yet.”
Police said that was when he removed a handgun from his waistband and attempted to hide it under the seat of the car, the New York Daily News reported.
Ricch’s performance at the Governor’s Ball was cancelled after he was arrested about 10 minutes before he was supposed to start, Rolling Stone reported.
The rapper won a Grammy in 2018 for his single “Die Young,” according to the New York Daily News.
He was released on Sunday ahead of his performance at the Summer Jam in New Jersey and was quick to encourage the audience to join him in an anti-police chant, Rolling Stone reported.