“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” Rapper Silento Arrested, Charged For The Murder Of His Cousin
Silento, the rapper best known for the 2015 viral hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”, has been arrested and charged with the murder of his own cousin.
Silento, real name Ricky Lamar Hawk, 23, was arrested Monday after the DeKalb County Police Department in Georgia investigated the recent death of 34-year-old Frederick Rooks.
The DeKalb County Police Department announced the news in a tweet on Monday, writing: “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.”
A representative for the DeKalb County Police Department said that they investigated a shooting on Jan. 21 at approximately 3:30 a.m. after Rooks was found in the roadway, suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Rooks was pronounced dead at the scene.
The DeKalb County Police Department, in a statement, wrote: “After a thorough investigation, DKPD detectives identified Hawk as Rooks’ cousin, and the person responsible for Rooks’ murder. Investigators are still working to uncover the motive for the shooting.”
Silento has had a history of legal trouble. He was arrested in August 2020 for assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of walking into an unlocked stranger’s home in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and swinging a hatchet at the two people inside before one of them disarmed him. A day prior to that arrest, he was held on domestic violence charges at a Santa Ana, Calif., home. In October, he was arrested for allegedly driving 143 mph in DeKalb County.
Silento rose to fame as a teenage rap sensation in 2015 “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His most recent release was the single “Swish” on Jan. 28. He also released an album, “Skyrolyrics,” in October 2020.