A new song is giving listeners a glimpse into the thoughts of Justin Johnson, one of the men accused of murdering Memphis rap artist Young Dolph, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Young Dolph’s death.
Johnson, better known by his rap moniker “Straight Drop,” uploaded a new song to YouTube last Thursday called “No Statements.” The artwork proclaims, “Say I’m a rapper, the state says that I’m a paid killer,” and states that the song was recorded via phone from 201 Poplar, the Shelby County Jail.
The song was pulled the same day that 43-year-old Hernandez Govan was indicted for ordering the hit on Young Dolph, as reported by Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy.
The murder allegations against Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith are among the several for which they were indicted in January. With the lines “No statement got to be patient, might make it home before you blink,” Johnson seemed to indicate that he will not help with the investigation.
These are tough comments to hear as those close to and admirers of Young Dolph continue to grapple with his death and look for answers. To get their thoughts on Johnson’s track, Nexstar’s WREG interviewed rappers PaperRoute Woo and Snupe Bandz, both members of Young Dolph’s Paper Route Empire.
Someone appears to be backing down from their previous claims. No negation statements are allowed. Someone is getting hauled in all the time, therefore someone is going to have to give up some statements, PaperRoute Woo said. They’re just rapping about it as anyone would in real life,” Snupe Bandz explained.
It’s insane, but I’m trying not to dwell on it. When Johnson petitioned a judge to move him out of 201 Poplar because of safety concerns, the song “No Statements” was published less than a week after. At one point, it was said that he was assaulted while he was behind bars.
Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. is currently weighing the request from Judge Lee Coffee to transfer inmate Justin Johnson to another institution, according to a statement sent to WREG by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
At this time, Johnson is being kept in the jail’s secure special management housing unit. PaperRoute Woo stated, “What’s done in the dark gone come to the light therefore it’s all good.” I’d like a transfer if it were offered to me. You’re defenseless without all 10 of your feet because you’re locked up.
According to the sheriff’s office, they have heard the song and are now investigating it. According to WREG, Johnson’s lawyer declined to comment. All rights reserved 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. You are not allowed to copy, republish, redistribute, or broadcast this content.