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On the afternoon of September 28th, Corey McClendon, a close 43-year-old affiliate of chart-topping rap artist Mario "Yo Gotti" Mims (pictured right) was released from the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Law enforcement officials suspected McClendon of being involved in the September 26th attempted murder of Adolph "Young Dolph" Thornton (pictured left), another rap artist who was assaulted and shot at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in the tourist-heavy Hollywood & Highland entertainment complex. Thornton was shot in one of his arms and in the buttocks. He received surgery while in the hospital for his wounds and is still recovering. McClendon, Mims, and Thornton are all from Memphis, Tennessee. McClendon has not been formally charged with this crime.
However, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office named Greg Risling has stated that his law enforcement bureau has urged the Los Angeles Police Department to aggressively continue the investigation of Thornton's attempted homicide, according to a September 29th report by KTLA-TV Channel 5, a local news media outlet. McClendon was taken into custody on the morning of September 27th. However, by standard protocol, suspects in any crime are released if they are not formally charged within 48 hours, according to a police spokesperson.
During their 48-hour investigation, detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department contacted deputies of the Shelby County, Tennessee Sherriff's Department and found out what different outlets of the media have been reporting all along. Mims and Thornton have been bitter rap rivals for quite some time. Shelby County Sherriff's deputies also told law enforcement officials in Los Angeles that McClendon and Mims have prior criminal histories, which involve violence. According to court documents, McClendon and Mims were involved in a November 2010 brawl.
Before the melee, Mims was involved in a verbal altercation with a local Tennessee rap artist named Lance "OG Boo Dirty" Taylor. McClendon subsequently got involved in the confrontation that started between Mims and Taylor. McClendon was then struck by Taylor and a major fight quickly ensued, which involved approximately eight other people, according to an official affidavit. The violence got even more serious when at least four people were shot after a few unidentified gunmen opened fire into the crowd.
When the smoke cleared, Mims ended up charged with aggravated riot. However, those charges were subsequently dropped. However, it was not clear if McClendon was ever charged with anything after being involved in the dangerous altercation, according to the affidavit. McClendon was being represented by a high-powered criminal attorney named Arthur Horne at the time of the incident. McClendon has been previously charged with felony drug possession and theft. Horne has been representing McClendon consistently and helped him clear his name in the past.
The Los Angeles Times recently published a very in-depth criminal news report, which covered the rivalry between Mims and Thornton. As Beat Media previously reported, the two Memphis-bred rap artists had a falling out after Thornton refused an offer to sign with Mims' record label. During his own career conquests, Thornton made a name for himself by disrespecting Mims in song lyrics after he declined the recording contract. After that, Thornton was shot at over 100 times in Charlotte, North Carolina when he was traveling inside an SUV with bulletproof windows.
This shooting occurred in February of 2017 and was also not fatal. It was previously reported by TMZ and later by XXL Magazine that Mims was once considered by the Los Angeles Police Department to be a "person of interest" in the attempt on Thornton's life this past week in Hollywood. However, on the morning of September 27th, Detective Meghan Aguilar of the Lost Angeles Police Department confirmed that this information was false and that Mims was not initially implicated in the crime as a suspect or a person of interest.