While their attendance has yet to be confirmed, both Ross and Z-Ro have publicly announced their support for the rapper.
“It’s the Boss, Ricky Ross man,” he said in a promo video for the event. “Shout-out to Willie D. This is the official tribute right here, you hear me? It’s going down in a major way, H-town stand up.”
“Willie D, come out and show your support on June 18th,” Z-Ro added. “For a pioneer, an O.G. and a legend of Houston hip-hop, you know what I’m saying? Real talk. June 18th. Be there, be square. Hold my man Willie D up. H-town.” (YouTube)
Sponsored by Smash The Mic, company founder Vonnie Dones weighed in on the event’s overall message and acknowledged the rapper’s legal problems.
“We are holding this event to honor Willie D as a hip-hop pioneer and to celebrate his contributions,” he explained. “In light of the recent legal events he’s going through, as a city we are supporting him as the man that put Houston on the map musically and has always given back to the community.” (SmashTheMicTV)
The rapper was indicted last week on multiple counts of wire fraud stemming from an iPhone scam last year.
Rapper William “Willie D” Dennis, aka Willie D, was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on 15 counts of wire fraud. The investigation leading to Dennis’ arrest came after one of the overseas purchasers filed a complaint with law enforcement authorities. Wire fraud carries a maximum punishment, upon conviction, of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Dennis is currently on bond pending trial in this case which is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack. (MyFox News)
He was initially taken in by authorities last month.
William James Dennis, also known as “Willie D” is charged with wire fraud stemming from his alleged sales of Apple iPhones through a company known as Texas One Wireless. Dennis was arrested at Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday after returning from a trip overseas. If convicted, Dennis could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, followed by up to five years of supervised release and restitution to the victims. (KTRK News)
Willie D is reportedly free on $1 million bond.
No futher information has been released on his next court date.
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