The prosecution recently rested their case in the Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron trial. The defense called Uncle Murda to the stand as a character witness on behalf of Diggs, and the Brooklyn MC pretty much painted Ra as a struggle rapper.
Murda arrived at Brooklyn Federal Court confirming with Judge Nicholas Garaufis that he did not intend to use his 5th Amendment against self-incrimination. In the opening series of questioning, Murda was asked about his infamous moniker. The “Warning” rapper chalked it up to his skill of “killing a track” and “murdering a beat,” as reported by the New York Times.
When the defense lawyer inquired about his working relationship with Diggs, he explained that Ra lived a meager lifestyle that didn’t allow him to even pay for bottle service at nightclubs.
“The necessary thing as a rapper, you need to be in the club with a bunch of bottles so people buy in to what you sell,” he said. It was also noted by Uncle Murda that Diggs would have to borrow his girlfriend’s car to get around and would miss studio sessions if the vehicle was not available.
Naturally any prosecutor would be wary of a witness with the nickname Murda, so the cross examination was focused on his criminal past. Uncle Murda described his 2005 arrest for selling drugs to an undercover police officer as a poor career decision. “That was the first time I sold drugs,” he replied. “Around that time period, when I explored that lifestyle, it didn’t really work out for me, so I went back to my music.”
Ra Diggs is also facing various charges for operating a highly profitable drug organization in a Brooklyn housing project. No further mentions were made to an alleged assassination plot against Jim Jones.
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