Taxstone Arrested After DNA Discovered On Weapon In Troy Ave Shooting

Last May 25, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter was killed backstage at New York City’s Irving Plaza. The fatal incident took place during a concert headlined by T.I. Troy Ave, one of the guest performers (along with Anderson .Paak, Maino, and Uncle Murda) and a close friend and reported employer of McPhatter, was arrested following the incident. Specifically, surveillance video was released apparently showing Troy Ave (aka Roland Collins) firing a weapon at somebody off-screen. Ave, who was shot at the event, would be eventually charged with attempted murder.

Yesterday (January 16), a new development was made when podcast personality Taxstone was arrested by detectives at a Brooklyn, New York residence. Daryl “Taxstone” Campbell is the host and founder of the popular Tax Season Podcast. The Loud Speakers Network show interviews Hip-Hop artists and street figures, including high-profile conversations in late 2016 with Beanie Sigel and Meek Mill, both tied to their beef with each other, and The Game. The show launched in 2015, following Taxstone appearances on Charlamagne Tha God’s Brilliant Idiots podcast.


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Authorities took Taxstone into custody at his aunt’s East New York home yesterday morning following the discovery of the podcaster’s DNA on one of the weapons at the crime scene, according to The New York Daily News. The report also states that the DNA of Troy Ave and Ronald McPhatter were on the same weapon, a 9mm Kel-Tec handgun. Allegedly, police have information that connects the Florida-purchased firearm to one of Campbell’s associates in October 2015, when it was left. Previously, Campbell, 31, was convicted of felony weapons and robbery charges in 2008. He served approximately 18 months, before returning twice for parole violations of the same sentence.

Troy Ave has been previously released on $500,000 bail. Returning to music, he released White Christmas 4 last month. That same December, Troy was shot for a second time in 2016, while in a parked car in his native borough of Brooklyn.

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Before any conviction was made, New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton blamed the violence as a symptom of the “Rap community.” At the onset of the investigation, the commissioner was quoted as telling New York City AM radio station WORD 710, “The crazy world of the so-called Rap artists, who are basically thugs that are basically celebrating the violence they lived all their lives. Unfortunately that violence often manifests itself during a performance, and that’s exactly what happened last evening.” The leader of the NYPD continued, “The music unfortunately often times celebrates violence, celebrates degradation of women, celebrates the drug culture.” Never mentioning Troy Ave, or any artist by name, Bratton deduced, “It’s unfortunate — you’d like to think with all the wealth and fame that they’d turn their lives around, but they continue hanging out with the same people they hung out with when they come out of that life of desperation, poverty and crime.” Following the late May shooting, several New York City Hip-Hop concerts were abruptly canceled.

Upon yesterday’s arrest of Taxstone, Troy Ave did not comment publicly. His attorney, Scott Leemon, also refused to connect the podcaster to the murder scene by name. “As I told you day one, Troy [Ave] was a victim,” said the lawyer. “He was shot by someone else and his friend and bodyguard [Ronald McPhatter] died a hero.”

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Before the May 2016 Irving Plaza shooting, Taxstone and Troy Ave had been beefing with one another on social media. In August, A Tribe Called Quest affiliate Consequence mentioned the shooting, and Taxstone by name in a Toca Tuesdays freestyle.

Taxstone did not speak to media upon being escorted into the 13th Police Precinct in Manhattan Monday. He is expected to appear in court this morning (January 17).