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Rapper DaBaby arrested for possession of loaded handgun | Rap

Chart-topping rapper DaBaby has been arrested in Los Angeles for possession of a loaded and concealed gun.

The rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, was arrested on the high-end shopping street Rodeo Drive after staff at Gucci called the police and reported that one of a group of men was carrying a gun in his waistband. Officers found a loaded 9mm pistol when they conducted a search of Kirk and his entourage.

Kirk was briefly held on $35,000 bail but has since posted live studio footage from his Instagram account.

He has become one of America’s most successful rappers since his breakthrough 2019 hit Suge, twice topping the US album charts and having a global hit with 2020 single Rockstar. He is nominated for four Grammy awards this year.

In 2019, Kirk was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon after a shooting incident in a Walmart store in North Carolina that left a 19-year-old man dead. Kirk said he was involved but was acting in self-defence. In January 2020, he was arrested and charged with robbery and battery following separate incidents. The battery charges were later dropped.

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