Silento has been accused and arrested for the alleged homicide of his cousin, Frederick Rooks. Learn extra in regards to the arrest and the rapper himself, finest recognized for his hit ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae’).
Silento, the 23-year-old rapper who turned a teenage sensation with “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” has been charged for the alleged homicide of his 34-year-old cousin, Frederick Rooks. The DeKalb County Police Department of Georgia confirmed the information after taking Silento (whose authorized title is Richard Lamar “Ricky” Hawk) into custody on Feb. 1. Silento’s cousin had died 11 days prior, in response to the police station.
Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the homicide of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34. On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks’ demise after he was discovered shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is within the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder. #WeAreDKPD pic.twitter.com/AfaA8CtXgx
— DeKalb County Police Department (@DeKalbCountyPD) February 1, 2021
“Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34,” the police station tweeted on Feb. 1, including, “On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks’ death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder.”
The DeKalb County Police Department offered much more particulars in regards to the arrest and Silento’s cousin’s demise in a press release to : “Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of Frederick Rooks, 34. On January 21, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the DeKalb County Police Department investigated a shooting after Rooks was found in the roadway on Deep Shoals Circle, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. The suspect at the time was unknown. However, after a thorough investigation, DKPD detectives identified Hawk as Rooks’ cousin, and the person responsible for Rooks’ murder. Investigators are still working to uncover the motive for the shooting.”
Silento has additionally not launched an official assertion in response to the homicide allegation, and has reached out to the rapper for remark. Now, study extra about Silento’s profession and his earlier arrests from the autumn of 2020:
1. Silento rose to fame at simply 16 years outdated together with his debut single, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” The rapper, then only a highschool pupil, launched his largest tune on SoundCloud in 2015 (he labored on the tune with beatsmith Bolo Da Producer). “Within the first day it went to 1,000 listens. The next day it was at 4,000,” Silento wrote on his web site, and so he determined to drop the music video for the tune on his seventeenth birthday in Jan. 2015. The video now has greater than 1.7 billion views, and the tune itself peaked on the No. 3 place on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart.
2. Despite signing with a giant label, Silento determined to complete the remainder of his highschool expertise. The success of “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” inked a cope with Capitol Records, however he didn’t go the homeschooling route afterwards. “I didn’t get to experience a lot of the things new artists get to experience when they’re first signed. Certain events, performances. I was still in school working to get my diploma,” Silento additionally wrote on his web site.
3. You’ve in all probability heard Silento on this different hit tune, too. After kicking off his music profession with “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” Silento labored on collaborations with different artists. One of his most notable collabs was “Dessert” with Dawin. The unique tune dropped in March of 2015, however Silento got here on-board for the music video that was launched in Oct. 2019, which is now nearing 200 million views on YouTube.
4. He adopted up the success of his debut single together with his first album, Fresh Outta High School. Silento dropped his debut album in Sept. 2018.
The rapper additionally used his newfound fame to go to kids’s hospitals and even acquired “an honor from the mayor of Augusta, Georgia for his charitable work within Atlanta,” the place he’s from, in response to Silento’s web site. In 2019, he partnered with DoSomething.org’s “The Hit We’ll Take” marketing campaign towards e-cigs, vapes and Juuling.
5. Silento was arrested on three separate events in 2020. He was arrested twice throughout the span of two days in Aug. 2020. One of the arrests was for allegedly “threatening two strangers with a hatchet last weekend” on Aug. 29, which the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office introduced in a press launch obtained by . The rapper had confronted “two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with allegations of using a hatchet as a deadly and dangerous weapon,” the report added.
Silento reportedly “entered the strangers’ residence while searching for his girlfriend,” and “the homeowners and their children were home at the time and were shaken by the intrusion but unharmed,” which the LAPD advised ABC 7. This occurred after Silento was arrested and posted bail only a day prior in Santa Ana (the place he lives) on Aug. 28, in response to on-line information from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He was booked “after a report of a domestic disturbance” in response to authorities, per ABC 7. had reached out to Silento’s rep for remark on the time.
Silento then reportedly missed his courtroom listening to in Sept. 2020 and a bench warrant of $105,000 was issued for his arrest, XXL journal reported. Then, in October, Silento was arrested after reportedly “driving over 140 MPH in Atlanta”; he was launched on his “own recognizance” on the identical day of the arrest, the outlet reported.