It has been several months, but Houston rapper Trae tha Truth has been arrested after allegedly provoking an attack against his former friend Z-Ro, a man he once referred to as “family.”

Trae the Truth, whose legal name is Frazier O. Thompson, has been charged with assault.

According to court documents, charges were filed after Houston law enforcement officers reviewed video obtained by TMZ which showed the philanthropist appearing to strike blows on “The Mo City Don” while he laid helpless on the ground.

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On August 27, the city was abuzz with A-list talent as Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, held multiple festivities for his Tycoon Weekend in Houston, one of which was a music and comedy concert at the Toyota Center.

Joseph McVey, who raps by the name of “Z-Ro” aka “Mo City Don,” was also out celebrating for Houston’s big night.

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According to court documents, he was rolling solo as he went around the city and stopped to meet with one of his artists.

Z-Ro told investigators that, around 10 p.m., he was outside a restaurant on Jefferson Street taking a photo with a fan when he was approached by Trae.

Trae asked to speak with him, and when Z-Ro walked over, Trae “sucker punched” him, causing him to fall to the ground, according to a police affidavit.

While down, people who knew Trae began to also strike the victim, and one person – identified in court documents as Dewayne Buggs – reached down and picked up a piece of jewelry (a gold and diamond bracelet) that had slipped off Z-Ro’s wrist.

Video also appears to show another man, who was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans, kicking and punching the victim. The affidavit identifies that person as Jonathan Steen.

Trae has since apologized to his fans for behavior that is out of character. He called the incident “family business.”

Trae turned himself in on Thursday, Dec. 29, and was released after posting $100 bond.

As a side note, according to the streets, Trae and Z-Ro were once inseparable group members until some sort of “beef” occurred in the early 2000s. All of these years later, when both have clearly gone on with different lives, careers and missions, the men did what we try to teach young men NOT to do – took their beef to the streets.

We do hope they can do what’s right and use this as a teachable moment for our youth. Come together, gentlemen, and set a positive example for those looking up to you.


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