Rapper Arrested After Lyrics Point To 2007 Double Homicide

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published July 31, 2013

Even if you think it makes you look 'hard,' it turns out that bragging about committing crimes and murdering people in rap songs may come back to haunt you.

After reading lyrics posted online, police have arrested and charged Virginia rapper Twain Gotti in connection to a 2007 double homicide. Gotti, whose birth name is Antwain Steward, was 16 at the time of the crime, but lyrics to his 2009 song "Ride Out," alerted detectives to the possibility that he committed the murders.

The slayings of Christopher Horton and Brian Dean took place outside a home in May of 2007, and due to a lack of concrete evidence, the case went cold shortly thereafter. However, when detectives looked into the case years later, they learned that Horton had fought with Steward two days prior to the crime. In the course of their investigation of the rapper, they discovered the lyrics to "Ride Hard," which seem to paint a picture of the killings:

“Listen, walk to your boy and I approached him, 12 midnight on his traphouse porch and everybody saw when I muthaf*ckin choked him. But nobody saw when I muthaf*ckin smoked him, roped him, sharpened up the shank then I poked him, 357 Smith & Wesson beam scoped him, roped him, had me crackin up so I joked him, it’s betweezy six feet ova, told ya f*ckin with my money I’ll roast ya.”


On July 8th of this year, a warrant was issued and Steward was arrested in connection with the double homicide. Further warrants have been served in the time since, including the seizure of his computer and other electronics. Full details of the case are available here.

You can listen to the song in question below, in which Gotti boasts a laundry list of further criminal offenses. Am I the only one reminded of the time a tattoo got a guy convicted of murder?

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