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Rap News Network
12/30/2003 8:36:55 PM
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Police announced an arrest Tuesday in the November murder of James Tapp, better known as an up-and-coming rapper, Soulja Slim.
Garelle Smith, 22, was booked with first-degree murder.
Tapp, 26, was shot at least three times in the face and once in the chest on the evening of Nov. 26. It happened on the front lawn of the two-story duplex he'd bought for his mother in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood.
Witnesses said they saw a man wearing dark clothes fleeing after the shooting.
Police said little about what led to Smith's arrest, only that they were able to develop information implicating him. They did not discuss the possible motive or the evidence.
Shortly after the killing, Tapp's stepfather, who asked that his name not be used, said envy of Tapp's swift rise may have motivated the killing.
Tapp's stepfather said the performer's dark themes — his profanity-laced songs told of gangs, drugs and drive-by shootings — weren't meant to incite violence, but rather to expose the chaos of "ghetto life" so it might be cured. He said Tapp broke no laws after ending a four-year prison stint in 2001 for a parole violation. Tapp had been convicted of armed robbery in 1995.
Master P, New Orleans' most famous rapper, appeared on several tracks of Tapp's first album, "Give It 2 'Em Raw." Tapp's second album, "The Streets Made Me," was released by Master P's No Limit Records. Tapp left No Limit in 2002 and released "Years Later" on his own Cut Throat Committy label.
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