A music video featuring Houston rapper Maxo Kream has led to firearms charges against 20 people, local NBC affiliate KRPC reports (via HotNewHipHop). The video is for NFL Cartel Bo’s song “Hoova,” featuring Maxo Kream and directed by Be EL Be.
The visual features footage of several men brandishing firearms, and begins with footage of officers searching multiple men. As KRPC reports, police say that many of the men were gang members, and some of the guns were stolen. Pitchfork has confirmed charges against 19 of the reported 20 men. NFL Cartel Bo (born: Warren Tramelle Brown II) and 11 other men were charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Seven were charged with misdemeanor unlawful carrying of a weapon. One of the men, Laderious Raymon Bates, took a plea deal on his misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail. Maxo Kream was not arrested.
KRPC reports that, after his arrest, NFL Cartel Bo “was released on bond and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, but police said he cut it off and has not been seen or heard from since.”
When police officers arrived at the video shoot, which took place in March, many people ran to escape arrest. Law enforcement officials used the video, which was uploaded to WorldstarHipHop’s YouTube page on May 20, 2018, to find the people who had escaped.
Pitchfork has contacted representatives for Maxo Kream and the Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for more information.