fter the demise of the fast rising American rapper XXXTentacion, a lot seems to be unraveling on the rapper who wasn’t quite popular on this side of the world.
Not many people also know that his manger, Solomon Sobande is of Nigerian origin.
XXXTentacion was shot dead in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on June 18. Authorities believe that he was the victim of a robbery. The Broward County Sheriff’s Department is offering a reward of $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
According to a report by Heavy.com, here’s what you need to know about Solomon Sobande.:
1. Sobande Has a Pending Criminal Case in Which He’s Accused of Selling Fake Credit Cards:
Online records show that Sobande is facing criminal charges of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards. Sobande was charged in Broward County, the same county where XXXTentacion was shot dead. Pitchfork reported in September 2017 that Sobande was also being represented by XXXTentacion’s lawyer David Bogenschutz. The same article notes that Sobande has pleaded not guilty in the case.
2. While a Student at the University of Hartford, Sobande Was Accused of a Prank that Caused a Lockdown at the School
In November 2009, Sobande was a student at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. The Hartford Courant reported at the time that Sobande, along with three other students, were accused of staging a mugging in April of that year.
The four allegedly held two other students at gunpoint as part of a prank. The incident led to a lockdown at the school and the presence of SWAT officers on campus. The four avoided jail time after pleading guilty to criminal trespass, criminal mischief and interfering with police.
The judge in the case said that he didn’t understand how pretending to mug someone at gunpoint qualified as a prank.
According to his LinkedIn page, Sobande graduated from the University of Hartford in 2012 with a degree in marketing as well as being prelaw.
That same profile says that Sobande has worked for RCA and Columbia Records. In 2010, Sobande set up Sounds Music Group in New York City.
3. Sobande First Met XXXTentacion While the Rapper Was in Jail
Sobande told Billboard Magazine in October 2017 that XXXTentacion was “just a young kid that was lost and needed a chance in life. So much stuff around him touched my heart. I just came to the point like, “I gotta help this kid.” Sobande said that he first began working with the rapper in late 2016.
In a separate interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sobande said that the first time he met XXXTentacion, the rapper was in custody at the Turner Guilford Correctional Center in Miami. Sobande said, “I looked at him and I’m seeing someone who literally got dealt a bad hand in life… Knowing he had all this potential, I was sad for this kid.
He’s got his own issues, but it’s safe to say he didn’t get the fairest hand.” At that time, XXXTentacion was being accused of witness tampering and harassment.