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Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron & Uncle Murda Testify At Murder Trial Their Rap Lifestyles Not Real

(AllHipHop News) Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron is currently on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court for murder, drug dealing and racketeering charges. The rapper attempted to convince the jury this week that he is not the wealthy, drug dealing gang leader he talks about in his music.

[ALSO READ: Accused Bloods Gang Leader Ronald “Ra Diggs” Herron Murder/Drug Trial To Begin]

On Wednesday the defense team called fellow Murda Team group member Uncle Murda to testify on Herron’s behalf. Murda (born Leonard Grant) revoked his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination in order to take the stand.

While the prosecution attempted to paint Herron as a drug kingpin that terrorized the Gowanus Housing Projects with “armed henchmen,” Murda stated the defendant was actually not well off financially and just presented that gangster persona in his music.

“Fair to say we all might have male groupies that hang around,” testified Murda when asked about the henchmen.

“Sometimes we exaggerate things to sound like the best thing out there,” he added when the prosecutor questioned him about lyrics in song that claimed Murda refused to see a doctor after a bullet grazed him in the head in 2008.

Murda also said Herron had to drive his girlfriend’s car to get around and could not afford studio time to record. They also spent $3,000 to $5,000 a night in bottle service at clubs to keep up the appearance of being rich rappers.

Herron took the stand on Thursday. He told the court he left his life of crime in the past and turned to rap music.

“I spent a lot of time in isolation,” testified Herron. “I went through a whole retrospective process. I changed radically.”

Music videos presented at the trial that included references to violent acts were merely “hyperbole” stated Herron.

One particular image of Herron at a hospital was presented by the prosecution as evidence that the alleged leader of the Murderous Mad Dogs Bloods faction was warning his eventual victim. In the clip Herron says, “See you at a cemetery near you, man.”

Herron claimed the statement was just an ad-lib that was not directed at any particular person. He is accused of killing Frederick Brooks, Richard Russo and Victor Zapata as well as running a narcotics organization.

[ALSO READ: Rapper’s Lyrics Used Against Him In Murder Trial Upheld By Nevada Supreme Court]

 

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  • DC King Of Hearts

    This better work out

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  • The Notorious GUNS

    “Murda stated the defendant was actually not well off financially and just presented that gangster persona in his music.”

    “Sometimes we exaggerate things to sound like the best thing out there,”

    “Herron had to drive his girlfriend’s car to get around and could not afford studio time to record. They also spent $3,000 to $5,000 a night in bottle service at clubs to keep up the appearance of being rich rappers.”

    I’m confused by all of this. How you claim to be “real niggas”, but lying to “real niggas.” Or maybe you are “real niggas”, cause you out here struggling like most “real niggas”. Again, I’m confused.

    • Killuminati

      murder obviously wasnt coached right by the defense he contradicted hisself there

    • B.U.

      These are court transcripts. They just sayin what they gotta say to try and beat the bodies. They’d say he’s a missionary who mops floors at Burger King if they thought it would help.

      • The Notorious GUNS

        Be that as it may, the jury, who are more than likely not “real niggas” are gonna see his testimony as bullshit, and discredit anything Murda says. Probably hurt the guy’s case more than help. I mean if you listen to these guys music, they scream about being the realest, hardest, toughest niggas out there, & now when you’re accused of some of the realest, hardest, toughest behavior, we’re to believe that when you said it in your “real” raps, it was bullshit??

      • B.U.

        That’s exactly what they’re trying to convince a jury. Not to mention artistic expression shouldn’t be allowed to be used as evidence in a court of law anyway IMO. When it’s convenient, the media and the justice system wanna view rap music like it’s a diary. That’s just a backdoor way to sway a jury when you don’t have enough real evidence to get a conviction.

      • The Notorious GUNS

        I agree to an extent. We can’t just put rap music on a whole up as evidence . But what if the artist is constantly telling the world (really bragging) how real they are, & how they “bout that life” not only on records, but in every interview they do? It’s just unlikely that we’re gonna be quick to draw the line at their music being artistic expression, and not what they truly are.

        Playing devil’s advocate, is Talib Kweli not considered a “real nigga”?? How come he’s never been on trial, arrested, or accused of murder, drug dealing, etc? He’s from Brooklyn. He’s had a few guns buss in his lyrics. He spits about how “real” he is, & how “real” shit is out here.

      • B.U.

        I definitely agree on the interview part. That ain’t artistic expression. And it is true that some dudes are running criminal enterprises and using rap to wash money and sell the lifestyle they are really living. On the other hand, this is entertainment at the end of the day. Hip Hop is a multi billion dollar industry backed by a huge economic machine. Sex drugs and violence are the topics that sell and that are promoted from a corporate level on down. The idea that your product can be used to assassinate your character in criminal court is very unsettling. I think Kweli is a real dude for sure but he has no criminal record. Definitely a double standard.

      • The Notorious GUNS

        True. Sex/drugs/violence sell products from a corporate standpoint. The part about the “product” is where rappers get it twisted. They like to point to Arnold Schwarzeneggar, or Sly Stallone and say “they kill 100 people in their movies & they don’t catch heat, but if I talk that real shit, etc”. The argument falls short because:

        1) It IS a movie (fantasy) & realistically all the people who are killed in the movie, in actuality were not harmed at all (they’ll will be in other movies, deep down we know it’s fake, lol), Arnold & Sly ain’t braggin’ how “real this shit is”.

        2)The movie isn’t their expression, unlike music where it falls to the artist alone.

        At the same time it being all entertainment, movies have a rating, and based on that rating determines who can see it. Music either has a parental advisory sticker or not. And building on that, we have grown men, making “entertainment” in the form of REAL music & it’s geared toward the youth. Whereas movies still has that limit who it’s ideally geared towards.

        Good discussion.

      • bisolabliss

        “…artistic expression shouldn’t be allowed to be used as evidence in a court of law anyway IMO”

        That’s not just an opinion, it’s logical and applicable, they just conveniently jettison it when it comes to Hip-Hop.

      • B.U.

        No doubt

  • Fosho3528

    Yes your honor. I’m not really Batman even though I dress up like this every night. Oh and my batmobile is only rented to keep the appearance of being Batman.

    • Jason Mazur

      LOL, funny yes…..but Batman is….fake.

      • Sean Taylor

        ….as are 99.99999% of rappers lifestyles they try to portray.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        word to all the rick ross haters who think he is the only one lying in his raps!!!!!!!!

    • Whodi

      Lmao good one

  • Guillaume Pilon

    They also spent $3,000 to $5,000 a night in bottle service at clubs to keep up the appearance of being rich rappers.”

    he killed himself with that one

    they gonna ask…so how did you got the money ?????

    bang !! 25 to life

    • Killuminati

      truuu

    • I swear I was thinking, why the fk he say that? U can’t afford studio time but can pop that much in bottles? U know u done fkd up don’t u…….

  • MR..ASS..TO..MOUTH..

    ok so since murda took the stand is he a snitch? will niggas still respect these rap niggas knowing they are just telling stories? ok now this nigga slow bucks get lawyers involved to protect his business or whatever he is a snitch.these niggas are supposedly liars,fakes and frauds .this dude just threw their credibility out the window.

    i hope you niggas that believe everything these rap niggas say in thier music read this article and digest every syllable then think about your favorite rapper.

    • Killuminati

      he went on the stand to try and get his boy Ra off on these charges not to incriminate him and get him locked up….you must not have read that right lol…either that or you are a slowbucks fan….you obviously are mixed up…wouldnt u go on the stand to try and get your boy aquitted if at all possible? the slowbucks thing is totally diff….and to answer your question…NO HE IS NOT SNITCHING

      • MR..ASS..TO..MOUTH..

        if i knew a nigga was a killa and doing dirt thats on him if i aint on trail i aint in court.i see niggas got a double standard when it come to the courts.you cant go to court to settle legal issues or sue niggas .but if your stupid ass get knocked doing stupid shit then everybody need to take the stand to get your stupid ass back on the streets…lmao fuck’em i hope he gets life

      • Killuminati

        well him and uncle murda go way back….thats the difference between you and him….id say hes a stand up guy for doing that for his boy….they most likely did some a that dirt together…..or maybe murda did it so Ra wouldnt snitch on him…theres always more to the story bro

      • soyhiphop

        I agree

    • B.U.

      Nah, this is Uncle Murda trying to help him.

    • $18592567

      What are you talking about???

    • Jared

      Where did he snitch and you really think he wasn’t trying to help his man out? smh

  • johnblacksad

    I’m actually glad to see ninjaz is keepin it real… within limits tho!

    • hoeyuno

      Dont sleep on uncle murda..download the “back on my bullshit” mixtape. .its dope!!

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      huh? they denouncing the very same life they glorify… how they keeping it real? and no this is not a dis or a shot at you, im thinking i may have missed something.

  • B.U.

    Murda trying his hardest to get his man outta this jam. I don’t know though if they gonna buy it though. Didn’t Ra beat a couple bodies in the past?

    • soyhiphop

      One of those bodies from 2001 hes being charged for again..so hes f#cked

      • ReBL

        wouldnt the “double jeopardy” rule kick in? They arent allowed to put you on trial again for the same crime you were found not guilty of in the first place?

      • B.U.

        Oh damn

  • $18592567

    Waka Murda and Diggs would’ve made some noise out here…

    • hoeyuno

      I was excited for they shit..people sleep on uncle murda..his “back on my bullshit” mixtape coulda been top 5 albums that year easily

      • 7yoyo7

        Uncle Murda is on the same level as Tony Yayo = TERRIBLE FLOW

      • hoeyuno

        Nah murda makes good music…download the tape I just told you and give it a honest listen. .. dudes a dope story teller. ..hov did sign him once upon a time. ..

  • Havoc Wreaka III

    These niggas lying…. STRAIGHT TO RICKERS FOR AN ASS RAMMING

  • $30071418

    Rapping and being a gangster just don’t mix. pick one.

    • Bulli$hPride

      Tell’em. I can’t let my daughter listen to half the dope shit I grew up to. It’slike starting all over again. She can only listen to ol school Hip Hop funk soul jazz etc.

  • dbfromdc

    AINT NOBODY BEATING THE FEDS IN COURT UNLESS YOU SNITCH, ITS A RAP FOR RA DIGGS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Terrance

      The only come when… They GOT you…

      • MASSAPPEAL

        Irv gotti beat his case…

      • Terrance

        I know. They CLEANED him nicely tho.

        Yet, they still NOT comin’ unless they already’… Doesn’t mean you can’t get out of it somehow… There are exceptions to EVERY rule. IMO.

      • Montezuma1

        His only crime was being stupid.

  • To be honest though they aren’t rich rappers.

  • hoeyuno

    Free ra diggs!!! Check out the song “we all fucked up”

    • Dan_Tebasco

      If he’s guilty tho? Celebs should get free passes? Is that what you’re saying?

      • i’mtelling

        Celebs do get a free pass. Ra is not a celeb. TI is a Celeb. Jay-Z is a Celeb. those Celeb drug dealers got a pass.

      • hoeyuno

        Hahaha. …NO!! Where in my little 2 cent did u see me say if celebrities are guilty of a crime they should get a pass!!??? Is white chocolate ASSassin your gay porn name? ? Hahaha…

      • jdubba

        haha, I clowned this dude for that name weeks ago.

      • Dan_Tebasco

        Why should he be freed then? It seemed like you wanted him to be freed because your on his dick

    • FRUKOH

      saying ‘free so and so’ never frees the person

      • hoeyuno

        We say rip when peoples die and when people get locked up and charged from a couple snitches doing big bids who decided they really need to get these unsolved crimes off there shoulders we usually say free”name here” outta respect

      • FRUKOH

        i know why its done, just saying it sounds dumb.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        yo my man just caught 3 bodies, got caught with the burner and a pocket fulls of pills and had alcohol on his breath…. Free my ninja tho…. SMH

    • jdubba

      Why not wait til the trials over before worryin about freeing him?

      • hoeyuno

        he was denied bail…hes not getting the luxury of innocent till proven guilty

      • jdubba

        true that, didnt know he was denied. This is a weird case, gangsta rappers who give interviews where they say what they rap about is literally true, now having to testify thats its all fake.

        Thats why its always been tough for rappers in court, they try to compare themselves to actors, saying that they’re only playing characters like Pacino or DeNiro, but Al and Robert don’t spend the time not acting giving interviews where they swear they’re Scarface and Jimmy Conway in real life.

  • Dude really fkd up wit that 3000-5000 bottle bullsht………where the bread coming from then if u can’t pay 4 studio time? Ijs

    • Carlos

      word, he said they did that ish everyday, thats 375,000/yr and thats based on the 3000 figure. Murda better hope they dont do him like Lil Kim for perjury.

      • Terrance

        You mean 1000 figure right?

  • KOOL KING K

    Good lookn out for uncle murda tryn to get his boy off but if Ra really tryin to beat this kinda case he need to sell out to the industry and a secret society. Just ask T.I.

    • SharksBreath

      He not bringing in that type of money.

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  • niggas be commiting crimes then go straight to the booth and document it

    • Lmao I know of two acquaintances that have been shot, they both call themselves tryna rap. Swear to whomever u worship, them niggaz both said they had new material after getn they azz clapped. I laughed and walked away both times….

  • The irony of a rapper trying to prove how not gangster he is

    • LOL.

      Bro, you one funny fella.
      I really did laugh to this one.

      I suppose he needs to bring out an album. LOL.

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      will people put them in the same category of Rick Ross…. i mean everybody wants their rappers to be so fukkin hard and gangster that im wondering will people be mad that they are denouncing their gangster!

      • SharksBreath

        If they wanted their rappers to be real Jay and Rick Ross would have never made it.

        They like them to fake till they make it.

        Which is exactly what the defense is claiming.

  • I got a cousin who beat 2 M’s, his profession was jacking d boys for dope and money. Can’t really say the dude above is guilty of murder because I don’t know, but when u charged with multiple m’s on several different occasions there’s something to that…..same way with my relative.

  • KILL NEW YORK RAPPERS

    NOTHIN NEW…WE KNOW THESE NEW YORK RAPPERS AYNT BOUT DAT LIFE#KILLNYRAP

  • Terrance Goodman

    I know I could call somebody else other than murda ignorant ass

  • Terrance

    Go check that Common video KINGDOM. It’s worth MORE than ANYTHING on this page. And it is surprisingly HARDER than most of these GANGSTA/TRAP rapper’s sh*t!!!

    #CLASSIC

    • “if you listen to my album twice, the positive message is…they shut yo ass up and give you life” KRS

  • soyhiphop

    These clowns..smh that’s all I have to say..the judge is like ooookay im gonna just throw away the key and throw this book at you

    • “if you listen to my album twice, the positive message is…they shut yo ass up and give you life” KRS

  • “if you listen to my album twice, the positive message is…they shut yo ass up and give you life” KRS

    Classic line, time after time, no diss, just lyrics so you can hear it, fear it & nod to this!

    “I do my dirt and I keep it to myself
    I don’t speak it on record and to no one else
    you think about…
    when you do crimes you talk about it
    HELL NO! You keep that real shit on the low
    cuz prison ain’t a place you motherfuckers wanna be at
    half of you motherfuckers would turn trick
    BELIEVE THAT!
    yo I can see that, all you ask is where the weed at?
    you vision is as far as wherever you throw the seed at
    Look at Malcolm X and try to be that
    or get lost if you cant pick up where Malcolm X left off
    don’t you know were listened to by judges and lawyers
    when you go to court they play your album for ya
    then you turn into Tom Sawyer fiction
    beggin a judge to just listen sayin…
    if you listen to my album twice, the positive message is…
    they shut yo ass up and give you life
    Had you hah a wife instead of bein a lover
    the court would of seen you as a family man wit some structure
    but you is a wild brother, black women you cant respect em
    now you catchin wreck in your rep
    Negativity never had no pull in jail
    yeah, its positivity that they hail
    but you fail, cuz red books you can’t read em
    your people you mislead em
    your people you mistreat em
    mislead em for fun…my name is KRS ONE!”

    • Terrance

      #TRUTH

    • bisolabliss

      Word fam!

      ‘Only One’ off of ‘Kristyles’

      • i thought it was a bonus track on Front page Entertainment.
        Got a video link for it?

        I’ve been looking for that jawnt ever since i heard it!

      • bisolabliss

        /watch?v=rG__U3DlEdQ

      • That’s not it!

        That’s the album version, not that track,

      • bisolabliss

        That’s the one I recognized when I saw the lyrics you posted. It’s Track 17 on my ‘Kristyles’ CD, I haven’t heard the Front Page Entertainment version nor knew it existed but I’ll be on the look out for it…now that you’ve mentioned it

      • It’s hard to find that jawnt!

    • Glasscut

      Damn it’s like a revelation.. ahhaaaha.. Gosh it’s days like this that i am glad. .I am just a regular ass techie seriously, glad i never stayed in VA and took a record deal.. I might not be rich but shit, problems like the above is not even on my radar.. Rah Diggs is finished period..

      • Damn it’s like a revelation >>In Pac’s “RUNNING” voice : “It IS a RELEVATION to the Ninja Kingdom!! ( *Opening to that posthumous collabo with BIG “It’s like an ELECTION!” )

        “if you listen to my album twice, the positive message is…they shut yo ass up and give you life” KRS

        KRS spit the real!

      • “All you ask is “Where the weed at?” Your vision is as far as wherever you throw the seed at!”
        STR8 ETHER!

  • The type of Booty YOU like

    GANGSTA!

  • inkyjones

    all them NY rappers is str8 booty garbage

  • Ryan Cole

    Spent $3000-5000 a night on bottle service, but had no car and lived in the projects. That, my friends, is called dumb nigga economics 101.

    If he really wanted to make it in rap, but wasn’t about that life, why not just steal a famous drug dealer’s name and run with it? I’ve seen that strategy work.

    • Qudus

      Word!

    • greenhouse records

      I agree

    • Prostell T J Thomas

      falarious

    • Glasscut

      Boss rick false..

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  • John Holladay

    are you guys really that slow??? he saying that shit ain’t true so he don’t have to do a bid or he get a lighter sentence. Like he supposed to get up in court and say yeah I sell dope, yeah I kill, now send me to prison please so people will think i’m a gangster..

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