Silentó, the rapper best known for his hit song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” has been arrested for allegedly murdering his cousin.
On February 1, XXL reported that the rapper born Richard Hawk was arrested on suspicion of felony murder after his 34-year-old cousin Fredrick Rooks was shot dead last month. According to reports obtained by NBC, police had found Rooks in Panthersville, Atlanta on January 21 where he was shot in the face and leg. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Silentó has been charged with murder and currently remains in Georgia’s DeKalb County Jail. Details surrounding the case remain scarce as police are still investigating. Read the official statement from DeKalb County below.
Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34. On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks' death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder. #WeAreDKPD pic.twitter.com/AfaA8CtXgx
— DeKalb County Police Department (@DeKalbCountyPD) February 1, 2021
In a statement, Silentó’s rep Chanel Hudson said that the rapper had been “suffering immensely from a series of mental health illnesses,” and asked fans to “uplift him and his family” during these times. “We will continue in his efforts of treatment,” Hudson added, per TMZ.
Silentó rose to fame in 2015 with his breakout single “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” The song, which has over 300 million streams on Spotify, has received various reworks including a remix by Canadian DJ Richard Vission. In 2018, Silentó released “Watch Me Part 2,” but the sequel didn’t quite take off.
Last year, the rapper returned with his massive 33-track album SKYROLYRICS. It included collaborations with Trae da Kidd, Nia Kay, King Roscoe and more.