According to meaww, New York City rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was arrested by Metropolitan Police in London, the UK on September 11, shortly before he was to perform.
The rapper, whose real name is Julius Dubose was forced to cancel his performance at The Wireless Festival as a result of the arrest, leading him to promise “I’ll make it up,” via Instagram. He didn’t however address the exact reason for his arrest, adding to the mystery after it was caught on camera.
While Dubose was arrested in the UK, plenty of musicians have faced the law back in the states this year. On September 6, rapper Polo G was arrested in Los Angeles, leading to allegations of racial profiling. Before that, we reported on the legal woes of SpotemGottem, who was wanted by the Dallas PD over a 2020 murder. On August 20, Paper Lovee was arrested after a dramatic chase by the Atlanta PD, after he crashed into two patrol vehicles.
While we know why exactly these musicians were arrested, the same can’t be said for Dubose. The reason for his arrest remains a bit of a mystery, with both the rapper and the police only providing some very basic details. We now know he’s out on bail, but it is unclear if he is cleared to fly back to the US. But right now that mystery is not as intriguing as his arrest, which has sparked quite a storm on social media.
Why was A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie arrested?
It’s unclear what the exact charges are, but the rapper said in his now-deleted Instagram story it was over “something I was accused of 2 years ago.” Whatever it is, appears to have happened in Manchester, as confirmed by the Metropolitan Police. In a statement to The Daily Mail, the police said, “The arrest was made by Met Police officers at the request of Greater Manchester Police.” The statement did not name Dubose but did mention the arrest was made at the Wireless Festival in Crystal Palace Park.
We can confirm Dubose was the individual arrested since his performance at the festival was canceled a short while after the arrest. “There has been an incident involving A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. He is safe and we are working to change his set to some time tomorrow,” a board at the festival said when Dubose was supposed to go up on stage. A video of his arrest has also gone viral on social media after it was uploaded on Instagram by DJ Akademiks.
The video appears to have originated from another Instagram user, who shared the arrest as a story. It was then screen recorded by user @livebytherules, and shared, from where Akademiks picked it up. The short video shows several police officers surrounding Dubose and saying something to him. No audio was available, so it’s unclear what was said. Sometime later, he uploaded a story and said, “smh sorry to everyone who came out to see me at Wireless.” He added, “I’m ok and I’ll try my best to make it up to you guys.”
Since then, he has shared a few more stories indicating he did eventually make bail. In one he said, “I’ll be back soon.” As the video of his arrest went viral, many users slammed the UK police on social media, while others slammed the festival organizers. We will update this story when we know more, but for now, all we can say is he is out of jail, but won’t be performing at Wireless anytime soon.