Rapper BlocBoy JB released from jail hours before Beale Street Music Festival performance; cache of guns found at home

Blocboy JB to perform at music festival

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Rapper BlocBoy JB was released from jail hours before he is scheduled to perform at Beale Street Music Festival.

The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is James Baker, was booked Friday morning on charges of speeding, possessing a handgun as a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shelby County sheriff’s deputies were doing surveillance in the area of Baker’s home where a detective smelled marijuana burning from outside.

Deputies saw Baker leave the home in a Ford Fusion and drive down Forest Hill Irene at a high rate of speed. A deputy pulled him over for speeding and noticed a handgun on the floor of the car.

Since Baker is a convicted felon, the officer detained him and obtained a search warrant for the home.

There, officers found a glass jar of marijuana, two scales, a loaded Glock 27 .40 caliber, and a box with 33 rounds of .40 caliber ammo, 100 rounds of .223 ammo, and 129 rounds of 9mm ammo. In another room, they found a diamondback rifle loaded with a 50 round drum, another magazine and a laser sight. In another room, they found another loaded diamondback rifle.

Downstairs, officers found a Glock 34 9mm loaded with 24 rounds.

Baker told police the guns were in his house for a video shoot, and he thought they were not loaded.

BlocBoy JB is scheduled to perform at 7:20 p.m. Friday at Beale Street Music Festival. He was released from jail shortly before 5 p.m. after posting $15,000 bond. BSMF officials say he is still scheduled to perform.

The rapper was arrested in February on theft, drug and gun charges.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant Feb. 14 but it took nearly two weeks for Baker to turn himself in. The rapper’s attorney said his client was out of town performing. Baker was released on $50,000 bond.

The Memphis rapper had his first major hit in 2018 with “Shoot.” He also appeared with Canadian rapper Drake on the hit “Look Alive,” which made it to the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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