Aspiring rapper convicted in bloody Dallas drug house robbery that left 3 dead
I just thought of something: Take off the trailing “g” and it would be aspirin. Though “aspirin rapper” doesn’t have the same ring. Then you’d need “acetaminophen rapper.”
Justin Pharez Smith once wanted to be a famous rapper. Now he’s a convicted killer who could be sentenced to death.
As if that’s a contradiction. Google “aspiring rapper” and you won’t find many stories about Nobel Prizes.
The day before Smith systematically gunned down four people in a Dallas drug house robbery, he released “Fear,” a song in which he rhymed “body bags” and “toe tags.”
Yes, it’s hard to imagine the artist behind such a sweet romantic ditty going right out the next day and murdering people.
The former University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff student once delivered an anti-drug, anti-violence spoken-word performance in Washington, D.C.
That’s not really a contradiction, either. I’ve noted in this space several times in the past that the cottage industry of the gang mitigation industrial complex consists in part of a conga line of “former” gang bangers who schlep from school to school, from rec center to rec center, telling lil’ shorties how not to get mixed up in gangs. Though you’d think that people who never were in gangs would be the kind of people giving out that advice.
The difference is that those kind of people do the thuggy thing first and then start in on the anti-violence hustle. This one merely got the order reversed.
He could be sentenced to death when the punishment phase of his trial begins Monday.
Don’t worry. Even if he is, he’ll have plenty of time on death row while all the paperwork and legal hassle is worked out to drop a sheeyt load of mixtapes.
The rampage that may lead Smith to death row was miles removed from his youth in Pine Bluff, where he grew up with his grandparents and regularly attended church. Smith was involved in a college mentorship program at UAPB and was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Many a narrative fall down go boom with that paragraph.
And if you’re in the mood for even more aspiring rapper, call up my oldie but goodie.