Baltimore rapper Young Moose’s legal woes continue, but a judge is releasing him from jail with a monitoring device after his attorney argued that his incarceration is holding up production of a movie.
Young Moose, real name Kevron Evans, had filmed two days of his 10-day shoot for a local movie called “Guns and Grams,” described on IMDB.com as a “story about the Sicilian Mafia dealing heroin in Baltimore.” According to director/writer Larry Derr’s Instagram page, Evans plays the role of a character named “Turk.”
“The entire film production crew is here,” attorney Richard Woods said. “The impact of his failing to finish the film is not only felt by him but other cast members.”
Judge John Addison Howard agreed to release Evans with a monitoring device, and Woods was scrambling to procure such a device and make sure the terms of his monitoring comply with the film’s shooting schedule.
Evans has several pending criminal charges, including a drug distribution case in which his attorney has argued that he was targeted in part over his music videos. His latest trouble, a June charge in which he was accused of threatening a woman with a gun, triggered a violation of his probation for a 2014 drug distribution conviction.
Police served that warrant on Evans last Thursday, court records show, and he was ordered to remain held until Tuesday’s hearing. Corrections officers did not transport Evans from the detention center for Tuesday’s hearing, and Woods argued that Evans shouldn’t continue to be held. The woman who told police Evans had threatened her appeared in court, and Woods told Howard she did not want to see the prosecution proceed. Woods said she now believes Evans may have been holding a cell phone, not a gun.
“It’s a very weak case,” Woods told Howard, adding that he believes Evans is a “target” of Baltimore Police.
Woods said Evans stands to make $8,000 for his role in the movie, which, according to IMDB, stars Omar Gooding and includes appearances by several actors best known for their roles on “The Wire,” including J.D. Williams (who played Bodie), Hassan Johnson (Wee Bay) and Tray Chaney (Poot). A trailer for a movie called “Guns & Grams,” which can be seen here, was uploaded to YouTube last March by user “larry derr.”
Woods said the movie’s rights were sold to a company called Paragon Pictures, and if it hits certain grossing benchmarks, Evans stands to make far more.
Evans is trying his hand at acting, but it is his music career that has gained him fans in the city and beyond. Earlier this summer, Evans released his latest mixtape, “Moose Leroy: The Last Draggin’.” It features a remix of his local hit, “Dumb Dumb,” with popular rapper and Louisiana native Lil Boosie. Last month, Vice’s music website Noisey reported Evans had recently signed to Boosie’s label, Bad Azz Music Syndicate.
In addition to the case in which Evans is accused of threatening a woman and the drug distribution case, he has two other pending charges in Circuit Court. The latter three are all scheduled for Sept. 25.