Pittsburgh Area Rapper Hardo Busted With Heroin
A Pittsburgh area rapper is in a world of trouble. Hardo, born Joseph Barnett, Jr., 21, was stopped by police in Wilkinsburg, Penn. on Sept. 10 for running a red light. While he was detained, the cops allegedly spotted a shopping bag with 250 baggies of heroin in his car and he was arrested.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that Barnett was not carrying ID and was driving with a suspended license. He also supposedly tried to run away before being tackled to the ground by authorities.
Hardo appeared on Mac Miller's MTV show--the two met at Taylor Allderdice high school--and The Fader even referred to the rapper as Miller's "muscle." However, reps from Miller's label, Rostrum, told Hip-Hop Wired that Hardo is not affiliated. Hardo, who was recently in jail for a parole violation stemming from his trip to Los Angeles to kick it with Miller, allegedly recently signed a $3 million dollar deal with Atlantic Records, with the aide of T.I., according to CBS Pittsburgh.
However, a press representative from the label told Hip-Hop Wired that Hardo is not affiliated with Atlantic Records.
Hardo, who claims that the car belonged to a hospitalized friend, is currently being held in Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania and has been charged with drug possession with attempt to deliver, resisting arrest and attempt to escape.