Bobby Shmurda landed a $2 million deal after his "Shmoney Dance" vine went viral. Five months later, the 20-year-old was arrested on a battery of gang-related charges, ranging from weapons possession to conspiracy to commit murder.
When Bobby Shmurda, the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that was responsible for 102 million YouTube views, a $2 million record deal and the international "Shmoney Dance" craze. Today he was just another young man before the judge, one of 13 reputed members of the East Flatbush, Brooklyn, alleged gang GS9 ("God's Sons") to have his case called.