TaxStone and Troy Ave have had a few disagreements over the past few years. Tax is normally taking shots via Twitter and on his podcast Tax Season and Troy has thrown a few shots and even dedicated a record to Tax titled “Lower Level (NutSax)“. Their beef seems to stem from Tax‘s affiliation with NY rapper Manolo Rose who sold Troy Ave the song that he originally called “Dope Man“, but became Troy Ave‘s hit single “All About The Money“.
Their beef culminated in a shooting incident, which took place on May 26th of 2016 at Irving Plaza. An incident which left Troy‘s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter dead and resulted in the now infamous video of Troy Ave gunning through the club like a character in Grand Theft Auto.
The word on the street was that Tax and his crew initiated the drama and were the original shooters until Troy took the gun and fired back. This was all rumors. Today, U.S. Marshals New York and New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Taxstone,whose real name is Darryl Campbell, in Brooklyn this morning. According to NBC he was wanted for a federal warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and in connection to the Irving Plaza shooting.
Troy Ave was already arraigned and charged with attempted murder for the Irving Plaza shooting but he and his lawyers contest his innocence and claim of self defense.
No word as of yet from TaxStone and his camp on the arrest. #FreeTaxStone
As the situation continues to develop, more information about the investigation is continuing to be released. According to the New York Times, TaxStone‘s arrest was made after his DNA was found on the gun used in the shooting. The DNA was found on the trigger, handgrip & magazine of the 9mm Kel-tec semi-automatic pistol that was recovered on the scene. The only other person’s DNA on the pistol was Troy Ave.
Things have gone from bad to worst for Taxstone. Federal prosecutors now allege that Taxstone is the person that fired the initial shots during the Irving Plaza incident, which killed Troy Ave‘s bodyguard/friend Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, hit Troy in the leg, a woman in the knee & a stray that ripped through the floor hitting a man in the room beneath them (who turned out to be a guest of producer Scram Jones. A story that he told on episode 11 of the Drink Champs Podcast).
During his first court appearance on Tuesday January 17th, Judge Andrew Peck, initially granted Tax bail of $500,000, which was reported by many news outlets. The conditions of the bail would’ve allowed Tax to be on house arrest and leave only for work. But before he could post bail, U.S. Attorney Hagen Scotten appealed the bail decision, claiming Taxstone was a “danger to the community”. So on Wednesday January 18th, Judge Peck reversed his decision and denied Tax bail. He is now being held without bail until his next court hearing.
A statement was released on the official Twitter account for the Tax Season Podcast announcing the shows hiatus due to Taxstone‘s legal issues.
A sincere thank you to all our loyal listeners and fans. We are going on hiatus and from the bottom of our hearts we appreciate the support.
— Tax Stone (@TaxSeasonPod) January 19, 2017