A violent crew of Brooklyn gangsters has plotted for six years to kill prominent drill rapper Envy Caine, an indictment charged Tuesday.
Five members of the Bamalife Gang in East New York allegedly plotted since 2016 to murder the “Target Practice” rapper who calls himself “New York City’s bad guy.” The indictment filed in Brooklyn Federal Court identified Caine only as “John Doe 1,” but included descriptions of music videos about him, leaving no doubt which rapper was in the crosshairs
The beef began on Nov. 23, 2016, when Caine’s girlfriend was injured in a shooting, prosecutors said. Caine and his crew, who were part of the rival “Weez Gang,” were convinced that Bamalife was behind the attempted hit, the feds said.
Caine’s hunch was not without reason. Two days prior to the shooting, Bamalife member Andrew “Drewski” Simpson, 24, posted a video on Facebook threatening to kill Caine’s girlfriend, according to the indictment.
On the same day Caine’s girlfriend was shot, Bamalife member Ronnie Warren, 25, was shot in the foot, prosecutors say. He allegedly told his fellow gang members that Caine, whose real name is Nuival Vasquez, was responsible.
Simpson, Trava “Stoney” Selby, Darius “Blizz Meecho” Sutton and Corey “Moncler Mellz” Williams — all charged in the indictment — borrowed a car and drove around looking for Caine, according to prosecutors.
They found the rapper and shot at him, but missed their target, the feds say.
The beef continued as Warren, using the moniker “Bossman Horse,” released a song in November 2019 threatening to kill Caine called “Dying Together (Envy Caine Diss).”
“Them bullets gone leave him unconscious. N—-s be ducking and dodging, Catch him in traffic and rob him,” Warren raps in the song.
“Tee tee and coka gone die together,” he continues, using nicknames for Caine and his girlfriend.
The bust is the latest example of trash talk in drill rap lyrics turning into real-life violence. The genre was pioneered by Bobby Shmurda, who served seven years in prison for conspiracy and weapons possession. Drill has exploded from New York on to the national scene in recent years, thanks in part to mainstream stars like Pop Smoke, Sheff G and Fivio Foreign.
Mayor Adams and law enforcement officials have worried that young drill rappers make specific taunts and violent threats aimed at gang rivals, fueling beefs.
Court records in Georgia show that Caine pleaded guilty in November to a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun. He’s yet to be sentenced. A call to his attorney in that case was not returned. The rapper has songs on YouTube and Spotify with more than 1 million plays.
The charges against the accused Bamalife members extend beyond the plot to kill Caine and include “numerous gang-related shootings, use and discharge of firearms, drug distribution, various fraudulent schemes, and identity theft,” prosecutors say. Also charged in the case was Tyshawn “GT” Sumpter, 28.
Simpson is accused of participating in a shooting outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant party in August 2021 that injured eight people.
These defendants wreaked havoc in East New York and nearby neighborhoods, with innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire as members of Bamalife carried out senseless violence directed against rival gangs,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Breon Peace.