Rapper Bobby Shmurda was a "driving force" in a gang that committed murders and other violent crimes ... this according to NY prosecutors.
Prosecutors from the NYC Special Narcotics Office just released their indictment, claiming more than 15 defendants committed a variety of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. Bobby himself was charged with conspiracy to commit murder but not the murder itself and a few other weapon and drug charges.
Bobby -- who at one time called himself "Two Socks Bobby" -- is charged with firing a gun at a group of people outside a barber shop. Prosecutors say "socks" is code for firearms.
According to the indictment, members of the gang used other code words, including "suntan," which means shooting someone.
The complaint says Bobby confessed to a fellow gang member, "You know I suntan him and shot, do issues, you know what's going on."
Prosecutors also say the ring dealt heavily in narcotics, with a pattern of violence that spread from Brooklyn to South Beach, Florida.
The D.A. says the violence was so prevalent, it turned Brooklyn into a shooting gallery.
Bobby pled not guilty to all charges Thursday in NYC. He's being held on $2 million bail.
'The Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd
Snubs Fans Hard
12/18/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Craig Wayne Boyd may have just won "The Voice," but he wouldn't even be a finalist in "The Brain," because he almost immediately disrespected the fans who will determine his long-term success.
Boyd was leaving an NYC office Building Wednesday ... when he squeezed in an autograph and a mid-stride selfie, and then blazed past the other fans.
The little people know the game, and warned the singer he's starting off on the wrong foot.
"The Voice" is a really good show. Now name one of the past winners.
Arrested in Sting
Involving Drugs and Shootings
12/17/2014 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night during a sting involving multiple shootings and drug trafficking ... TMZ has confirmed.
The indictment is sealed and the specific charges have not been disclosed, but we know it's part of a long-term investigation conducted by the NYPD and a special narcotics prosecutor.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Shmurda was under surveillance by police and was arrested while he sat in a car outside a NYC recording studio.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.
Shumurda was arrested in October for smoking a joint with two friends while double parked on a Brooklyn street ... and in June for possession of a weapon.
I'm a Big Pianist
... Don't Be 'Jealous'
12/17/2014 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Patrick Schwarzenegger's Fooling Everyone ...
He's a Party Animal
12/17/2014 5:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger took Miami by storm together, but don't get it twisted -- one of them is fueling that party train more than the other... according to their pal Cody Simpson.
The Aussie pop star was shopping at Cotton On in Santa Monica, and talking about his New Year's party plan (he's got a great one) ... which got us on Patrick, Miley, and Cody's raging times at Art Basel last week on South Beach.
We asked who goes harder in the club -- and he backs up what TMZ first told you a couple weeks ago.
You gotta hear Cody gush about Patrick though -- bromance in full bloom.
B-Day Party Sold a Load of S**t
12/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Not everybody was hatin' on Taylor Swift's celeb-crammed 25TH b-day bash in NYC -- a toy company just made a crap ton of money off it thanks to Justin Timberlake.
Turns out the takeaway from Taylor's now famous IG shot -- with Beyonce, Jay Z, Sam Smith, Haim, and JT -- was the poop emoji mask on Justin.
The people who make JT's turd face say they've seen a huge spike in sales since Taylor posted the shot. A rep for BigMouth Inc. tells TMZ they've seen a 315% increase and are almost sold out.
So, yeah ... #2 is now #1 on the charts.
The Game and YG
The Grammys Hate Gangster Rappers
12/17/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Game and YG think the Grammys are rigged ... because gangster rappers are getting screwed over.
Game tells TMZ ... people at the Grammys "don't respect our culture or our music. Unless we cross over, we ain't winning s**t."
YG is incredulous ... his album, "My Krazy Life," debuted at #1 on Billboard yet he didn't get a single nomination. He told Big Boy Tuesday his music was way better than most, but he wouldn't be specific.
The irony ... both YG and Game think the Grammys shut out any rapper who is not mainstream, which is ironic given that YG sold more albums than just about anyone in the rap category in 2014.
Game's parting shot ... "We can’t even get police convicted of coldblooded murder, so we definitely ain't winning no f**king Grammy."
Sex Tape Off the Market
12/17/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sorry, celebrity porn fans ... looks like the tape featuring Wiz Khalifa and a Playboy model will not see the light of day ... because she's had a change of heart about selling it.
TMZ first reported ... Khalifa and Carla Howe filmed a home porn which Howe tried hawking, but Khalifa pitched a fit.
According to our sources, Howe had a meeting set with Vivid Entertainment -- which was prepared to make a big offer -- but she was a no-show.
We're told Wiz and Carla talked it out and eventually agreed not to release the tape. We don't know the terms of the agreement.
That's a little cynical, but ...
Singing for the Lord Again?
12/17/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
My Women's Health Cover Is the Real Deal
12/16/2014 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears looks ... different on the cover of Women's Health Magazine, and while many people suspect a Photoshop job -- TMZ has obtained video that shows that's probably not the case.
Sources involved with the photoshoot tell TMZ ... Britney's facial changes can be attributed to a makeup technique called "contouring" ... which accounts for her slimmer nose and more defined cheek bones.
Check out the video ... she looks exactly the same on set as she does in print.
It really is Britney, bitch.
I'm Down to Rap with Kevin Durant
... But He Better Be Good
12/16/2014 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Fabolous has his eyes (and ears) on NBA superstar Kevin Durant -- not for courtside seats -- but to record a song because he thinks KD could be the Crockett to his Hip Hop Tubbs.
F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S was out in NYC when our photog asked him to pick a rhyming partner from the crop of athletes trying to spit lyrics right now.
Watch the video -- Fab doesn't hesitate to shout out Kevin, but he does seem to have some doubts about his pedigree on the mic.
Here you go Fab ... we did the research for you.
Pays Tribute to Lil Sebastian
At 'Parks and Rec' Party
12/16/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Pratt gave an emotional performance Saturday at the wrap party for "Parks and Recreation" ... all to pay tribute to one of Pawnee's finest treasures -- Lil Sebastian.
There was no hologram horse -- but Pratt belted out the Mouse Rat song "5,000 Candles in the Wind" with Ron freaking Swanson playing the guitar ... and just like you'd expect, it was awesome!
Everyone in attendance was stoked -- and since the show finished filming it's final season this week ... it will probably be the last time anyone hears it in person.
Treat yo self ... and watch the video.
I Got a Bum Rap
I'm Not Paying for Gia's Music Videos
12/16/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Guidice may be a criminal, but she's not as bad as people are making her out to be in the restitution department.
There has been a torrent of criticism that Teresa funded her daughter's 2 music videos when she still owes the government hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and she stiffed her creditors by declaring bankruptcy.
But we've learned ... Teresa didn't ante up a red cent for the 3KT videos. Gia Guidice's manager, Xhist Entertainment, tells TMZ the videos were funded by the management company and private investors ... not Teresa or Joe.
There are reports Teresa blew 5 figures on the videos. We're told they were way cheaper -- $5K-8K a pop.
She's bad, but not that bad.