(RondoNumbaNine, left; Javan Boyd, right)
Lil Durk’s OTF associate, RondoNumbaNine, has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a dispatch driver, according to the Chicago Tribune. He is being held on $2 million bail.
RondoNumbaNine, also known as Rondo, is accused of shooting and killing 28-year-old Javan Boyd on Feb. 22.
Rondo, 17, and an unnamed accomplice allegedly fired their handguns into Boyd’s vehicle as he was waiting for a passenger, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Boyd was reportedly shot seven times in all, including, twice in the back and three times in the leg.
Boyd left behind a fiancé and an 11-year-old daughter.
The shooting was reportedly in retaliation for a fight that occurred earlier that day. A portion of the crime was caught on surveillance camera, according to the Sun-Times.
Rondo’s fingerprints were additionally found on the cab, according to the Tribune.
Rondo’s rap career was on the rise prior to his arrest.
Lil Durk steered the teen rapper’s career in the right direction by adding him to his OTF label.
Rondo, born Clint Massey also purported to be a member of French Montana’s Coke Boy crew.
“French, I’m f*cking with French,” he said in an interview with Power 92.3’s Hot Rod. “That’s folks. OTF Coke Boy. That s--- real. I’ma real Coke Boy. I’m f*cking with them man. I just left New York f*cking with them.”
Rondo collaborated with Lupe Fiasco for the “Life Of A Savage Remix,” a Snapback On Da Track production.
Rondo’s grind caught the attention of Young Jeezy.
Snow Man took to Twitter to shout out the “Play For Keeps” rapper.
“@RondoNumbaNine I c u homie, keep grindin! Chicago stand up!” he wrote.
Rondo responded, “@YoungJeezy salute bro f--- with me #Realniggas.”
Rondo even IG’d Jeezy’s tweet with a caption, reading, “Turn up s/O @youngjeezy fwm.”
RondoNumbaNine was also closely associated with Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill.
Meek post a photograph of himself with the “Life Of A Savage” rapper to his IG.
“#chitown @rondo600savage,” the caption on the photo read.
Meek invited Rondo onstage during a recent performance of his song “Dreams & Nightmares Intro.”
Rondo recounted the live experience a “motivation.”
Rondo previously attended a studio session with Meek Mill and caught the Philly rapper laying down some tracks.
“Studio @meekmill,” the caption on Rondo’s IG post read.
Lil Durk’s young protégé even knows Meek on a personal level as the two found time to face time.
“Real N----- #FuckDemFake #F****RoundOnFacetime,” Rondo wrote on his IG post.
Rondo’s life has been marred by tragedy. Rondo’s close associate Deonta Mackey, 16, was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a Feb. 11 attempted car jacking.
Rondo took to IG to remember Mackey.
“Rip dat Li n*gga Mackey man dat was my n*gga man he was letting clown a-- n*gga control his mind doe #S*itBeCrazy #myn*gga,” the caption on the post read.
Another photo surfaced online showing the two as small children.
The young man simply known to friends as “Mackey” made a cameo appearance in Rondo’s “Hang Wit Me” remix.
Another tragedy close to Rondo made national headlines in late September after rapper L’A Capone was murdered upon leaving a recording studio.
L’A Capone, whose birth name is Leonard Anderson, entered an alley around 6:25 p.m. following his recording session when an unknown assailant fired several shots, striking the “Round Here” rapper in the right thigh and lower back, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
Medical personnel transported Anderson to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. He was 17.
Capone and Rondo collaborated on numerous songs, including, “Play For Keeps,” “Shooters,” “Facedown,” “Grindin” and “Cannabis.”
Rondo posted several images of himself with Capone to his Instagram account with captions expressing grief over the slain “Work” rapper’s death.
“@Icantgolikedat #DisShitcrazy #WakeUpToMyBroGone # #WtfWtfMan @600boy_la #mybrotherskeeper
“My Boy…..#ImaMissTFOutOfUBro #RealNiggaForLife @Soilder
“R.I.P My Bro @LAfrom600 You Will Always Have A Place In My Heart Bro!
“Got Dat Call About My Bro I Ain’t Wanna Believe It! @600boy_la #RealNiggaforlife
“I Ah Neva Think It A Be My Man’s @600boy_la #MyNiggaNoLie @MyNiggaForlife
“Stars In Da Makin @600boy_la #600
“We Took Fame N We Took Ova My N----- They My Muscle @600boy_la @cdai_600 #Ripla600,” the captions on the images read.
Rondo lost another friend earlier that month.
Jerome Wood, known to friends and family as “J Money,” died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head Monday afternoon in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, according to Chicago Tribune. He was 21.
“I WIL GIVE IT ALL BACK JUST TO HAVE MY BIG BRO OBLOCK OTF JMONEY MY BOY! DAMN BRO ALL DA S--- WE BEEN THROUGH BRO! YOU MY BRO FORLIFE I WILL NEVA LET YOU LEAVE MY HEART BRO @oblock_jmunna OTF FORLIFE,” he wrote.
Rondo sparked controversy in early January when a photo surfaced showing the 600 native in possession of a rocket launcher.
The Crime Control Strategies Deployment Operations Center: 003rd District Gang Violence division published a safety bulletin alleging two notorious gang factions were in possession of a “rocket launcher,” including the “Bricksquad Gangster Disciples” and “Brick City/Wiic City Black Disciples.”
Rondo’s mug shot was included in the bulletin.
“There are several photos posted on social media with MASSEY in possession of a rocket launcher similar to the one in the above photo,” the bulletin read.
Rondo went on to refute the authenticity of the alleged weapon and proclaim his innocence.
“On Dthang Dat Rocket launcher Publicity S--- FuFu Asl! Who Tf Will Do Sum with A F****n Rocket Laucher!! U Gotta Be Da Dumbest Mf!! #Wtf” he wrote.
Rondo further proclaimed his innocence in several more posts:
“On Steve turn y’all f****** goofy down!! Get on sum real s---!!!!” he wrote in IG.
“It Seem Like Since I Start Going Crazy A lot Of Fu S--- Been Happening But It Ain’t Im A Boss N---- #RealNiggaSaluteMe,” he added.
Rondo then quoted a line from Lil Durk’s “Dis Ain’t What U Want”
“In My Own City Dey Hate On Me Put Weight On Me!!!” he wrote.
Rondo went on to slam the media and police.
“Lol Ion Even Respond To Da Foolishness!!! My Fans Are So Funny N Da Media To It Doesn’t Make No Sense!!
“F--- 12,” he wrote.
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