Violent lyrics are commonplace in the world of rappers, but one young artist's rhymes may have helped police build a case against him for murder.
Antwain Donta Steward, an up-and-coming rapper from Newport News, Va., was recently arrested and charged in a pair of cold case murders from 2007. The new lead in the years-old double homicide may have been Steward's own lyrics, according to court documents described by local news site Daily Press.
Of particular interest to police was the song "Hip Full of Gun" by Steward aka Twain Gotti, which describes Steward killing someone. The song's video, posted to YouTube in 2011, also includes footage of him playing a violent video game. Police reprinted some of the lyrics from the song in their affidavit, according to the Daily Press:
"Everybody saw when I [expletive] choked him. But nobody saw when I [expletive] smoked him, roped him, sharpened up the shank then I poked him … had me crackin up so I joked him, it is betweezy six feet ova, told ya [expletive] with my money I'll roast ya."
In an interview with Luv 4 The Music blog last year, Steward said he's "all black straight from da hood," "good with people" and fighting against negativity in his city.
"The studio is kinda like the best place to be where I can ease my mind and express myself," he told the blog. "My children are what keeps me motivated. I want the best for them, and nobody else out here are gonna break their necks and sacrifice the way I will to make sure they live a great life."
Steward was previously arrested in 2011 in connection with a non-fatal drive-by shooting, local NBC affiliate WAVY reports. He is currently in the Newport News City Jail and charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of unlawfully discharging a firearm and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the jail's information service.
Steward is being held without bond. His next court date is set for Oct. 2.
Surprisingly, the Twitter feed for Twain Gotti has kept up a steady stream of tweets despite Steward's incarceration, with very little mention of his criminal charges accept for this pithy tweet, posted Tuesday: