The host of a hugely popular hip hop podcast has been arrested in relation to the 2016 shooting of a man at a T.I. concert. The New York Daily News, citing police sources, say that Taxstone aka Daryl Campbell, 31, has been under investigation “for months” prior to his January 16 arrest. In May 2016, gunfire erupted at Irving Plaza in New York City prior to a T.I. show. The attack killed Ronald McPhatter, bodyguard to Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave aka Roland Collins, 34. Ave was arrested after the shooting and is free on a $500,000 bond.
Taxstone will be arraigned on January 17.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. One of Taxstone’s Friends Wrote on Facebook, ‘I Know Troy Ave a Snitch’
NBC New York reports that there had been a federal warrant out for Taxstone’s arrest. He was taken into custody at his aunt’s house in the East New York section of Brooklyn.
Shortly after the arrest, one of Taxstone’s friends wrote on Facebook, “Free Taxstone. I know Troy Ave a snitch smh.” That comment came underneath a video that Taxstone had posted just a few hours before his arrest showing a Dallas Cowboys’ fan’s dismay at his team’s loss to the Packers.
In May 2016, the Daily News reported that Ronald McPhatter’s brother, Shanduke McPhatter, believed that “a man with outspoken podcaster Taxstone was the shooter.”
2. Taxstone Has Been Referred to as ‘One of the Faces of Black Twitter’
The Huffington Post’s Azeem Khan wrote in March 2016 that Taxstone was “one of the faces of Black Twitter.” Khan added that Taxstone “comes off as one of the hood’s elder statesmen.” That HuffPo report says that it was 2015 appearance on Charlamagne Tha God’s The Breakfast Club that helped to launch Taxstone’s career. The podcaster came to Charlamagne’s attention through Twitter.
The Daily News notes in their report on Taxstone’s arrest that the podcaster “has been credited with helping the careers of Desiigner, Bobby Shmurda and Manolo Rose.”
3. Taxstone Has Done Time in the Past for Robbery & Weapons Offenses
The Daily News reports that Taxstone was previously convicted on robbery and weapons charges. He served 18 months of a sentence before being released on parole. Taxstone was jailed again in 2010 for violating the terms of his release. On that charge, Taxstone served eight months. He was then returned to prison in 2012 for 11 days on a separate parole violation.
Taxstone told the Huffington Post that he “spent his 20s in jail.” He explained that it was boredom that brought him to crime growing in one of New York City’s most notorious neighborhoods, East New York.
Recently, Taxstone has been involved in a heated beef with The Game’s manager Wack 100. The drama began when Taxstone took issue with Wack’s promoting of the boxing match between Soulja Boy and Chris Brown.
4. Troy Ave Was Shot Again on Christmas Day 2016
On Christmas Day 2016, Troy Ave was shot while he sat with a woman in his red Maserati in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. NBC New York reported at the time that the shooter fled the scene on foot and was not caught.
The rapper was hit in the head and shoulder. Troy Ave attempted to drive himself to the hospital but he eventually relied on a good samaritan to take him the rest of the way. He was discharged from Brookdale Hospital the day after the shooting.
Surveillance footage from Irving Plaza on the night of shooting shows rapper Troy Ave firing shots. He maintains this was done in self-defense. The rapper is facing charges of attempted murder and illegal possession of a gun. During the melee, Troy Ave was shot in the leg.
After news of Taxstone’s arrest emerged, Troy Ave’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, told the Daily News, “As I told you from day one, Troy was a victim. He was shot by someone else and his friend and bodyguard died a hero.”
Rolling Stone reported in August 2016 that Troy Ave was suing the concert’s organizers, Live Nation.
5. Taxstone’s Dedicated Twitter Followers Are Demanding the Podcaster’s Release
As news of Taxstone’s arrest spread, his supporters and fans took to Twitter en masse to demand his release. On January 16, Taxstone’s name became a nationally trending topic in the U.S. Here are some of the messages: