Suspected gang members forced their way into a studio used by one of the D.C. area’s most prominent rappers, beat a producer and then stole recording equipment, according to a newly unsealed search warrant in Fairfax County.
The men mentioned the rapper GoldLink, who was featured on the cover of XXL magazine as one of the industry’s up-and-coming talents last year, during the incident this summer in the Falls Church area, according to the search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
The incident began when a producer working at the N.I.C.E. Entertainment recording studio in the 2700 block of Hartland Road heard a noise at the door on June 17, a detective wrote in the search warrant.
The producer opened the door to find six to eight men he did not know standing outside. One of the men asked whether the studio was used by GoldLink, according to the search warrant. The producer sensed the men had bad intentions, so he told the man he had the wrong location.
One of the suspects then saw GoldLink’s dog in the studio and the men forced their way past the producer, the detective wrote. The men then punched and kicked the producer, who was by then lying on the ground.
The men eventually fled with multiple pieces of recording equipment, according to the search warrant.
The next day, the owner of the equipment began receiving phone calls and text messages from a person offering to sell the equipment back for $7,000, according to the search warrant. The person told the owner he would be harassed for the rest of his life if he told police.
The caller also made reference to the “tigers,” a detective wrote. Investigators think the caller may have been referring to the Reccless Tigers, a local gang that police say has been involved in drug dealing and robbery.
In 2013, four members of the gang were arrested in Fairfax County with an M-4 rifle, 10 pounds of marijuana and other drugs, as well as thousands of dollars in cash, following a five-month investigation by the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force.
A Fairfax County police spokeswoman could not immediately say whether any arrests had been made in the current case.
GoldLink, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, signed a deal with RCA Records over the summer. He calls his style of music “future bounce” and has worked with the famed hip-hop producer Rick Rubin.
GoldLink’s manager and the producer who was beaten also did not respond to requests for comment.