Sheff G Arrested: Brooklyn Rappers Among 32 Detained in NYPD Gang Operation: In a major crackdown on gang-related activities, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has arrested 32 individuals, including prominent Brooklyn rappers Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow.
The arrests came as part of a targeted operation aimed at dismantling a notorious gang in the Brooklyn area. The rappers, whose real names are Michael Williams and Tegan Chambers respectively, have been implicated in a conspiracy to commit murder against members of a rival gang, according to prosecutors.
The charges against Sheff G, also known as Michael Williams, include two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Sleepy Hallow, whose birth name is Tegan Chambers, is also facing conspiracy charges related to the case.
These allegations have sent shockwaves through the music industry, as the two artists have been influential figures in the thriving Brooklyn drill rap scene.
The investigation, which resulted in the arrests, has uncovered a series of crimes spanning over four years, from March 2019 to the present day. The 140-count indictment filed by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office reveals a dozen shootings, with 13 victims, including one fatality and three innocent bystanders injured.
The severity of the crimes prompted a high-profile press conference, featuring New York Mayor Eric Adams and top law enforcement officials.
Rising Stars in Brooklyn Drill Rap Scene
Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow gained widespread recognition as talented performers and pioneers in the Brooklyn drill rap genre. Their music resonated with audiences, amassing hundreds of millions of streams on popular platforms like Spotify and YouTube.
The tragic death of fellow drill rapper Pop Smoke in 2020 elevated the visibility of this rap subculture, further propelling Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow into the spotlight.
However, amidst their rise to fame, prosecutors allege that Sheff G had been providing financial support to the 8 Trey Crips, a gang based in Flatbush, and its affiliated 9 Ways gang.
Court documents indicate that Williams treated gang members to an extravagant celebration at a Manhattan steakhouse following a drive-by shooting in October 2070, where one alleged rival gang member was killed and five others injured. These revelations have raised concerns about the involvement of influential figures in criminal activities.
Legal Troubles and Incarceration
At the time the recent conspiracy charges were filed, Sheff G was already serving a sentence for a 2021 gun charge at Rikers Island jail. Records from the New York Department of Corrections indicate that he was pulled over by the police in January 2021 for traffic violations, leading to the discovery of a firearm in his vehicle.
Williams pleaded guilty to the gun charge later that year and received a two-year prison sentence. With his projected release date set for June 15, his arrest in connection with the gang conspiracy has extended his time behind bars.
Fans eagerly awaited Sheff G’s release, with hopes of witnessing his performance alongside Sleepy Hallow at the Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival in Miami. Unfortunately, his current incarceration at a facility in Queens, NY, has dashed those expectations.
Sheff G’s affiliation with Brooklyn gangs has been an open topic, but he has rejected the negative associations typically linked to such involvement, emphasizing a focus on his music and creative expression.
In the coming months, Sheff G will await his next court date on August 9, where the charges against him will be further addressed. The impact of these arrests on the Brooklyn drill rap scene and the music industry as a whole remains to be seen. As the legal proceedings unfold, the community awaits answers and hopes for a resolution that addresses the underlying issues that contribute to such criminal activities.