Gunna’s first photo after jail released amid upcoming Young Thug RICO YSL trial

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 01: Gunna attends the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

Gunna has been one of the most contentious rappers in the last year, shocking everyone when he turned himself in last May 2022.

The rapper was named in a grand jury indictment, which accused them of conspiring to violate Georgia’s RICO act, among other felony charges.

Following the indictment, he was arrested along with Young Thug and 26 other YSL Records associates. Aside from the serious charges, Gunna has been denied bond three times because the presiding judge believes he is in a “commanding position” on the alleged record label, which is also allegedly operating as a criminal gang in Atlanta.

Because the judge, Gunna, and Young Thug hold high positions within the group, their temporary release could tamper with witnesses and endanger their lives.

Gunna, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2022 via an Alford plea or a best-interest plea deal. He has pleaded guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence while maintaining his innocence on the charges leveled against him.

Members of the community, however, pushed for his release, seeing his guilty plea as an act of snitching on his brothers, such as Young Thug, who is still in prison on the same charges.

Gunna said in a statement following his release:

“While I have agreed to always be truthful, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have NOT made any statements, have NOT been interviewed, have NOT cooperated, have NOT agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case and have absolutely NO intention of being involved in the trial process in any way.”

He, along with a few others named in the indictment, accepted plea bargains in exchange for their freedom and had their sentences commuted.

Young Thug, on the other hand, is still imprisoned, awaiting his upcoming trial in January 2023.

Gunna shared his first official photo on Instagram a few weeks after his release. The “Pushin P” rapper appeared significantly thinner in all-black trousers and sleeves than in photos taken before his arrest in May 2023.

He posted:

“iggas acting like they switching to a side But it’s only one side. #YslTheLabel #FreeThug&Yak GUNNA BACC!!!!!”