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GOSSIP & RUMORS: Ludacris’ longtime manager Chaka Zulu arrested on murder charges

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Longtime manager of rapper Ludacris, Chaka Zulu, was arrested on multiple charges, including murder, according to police reports.

Zulu, 52, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, was one of three shot on June 26 in a shopping center parking lot outside his Buckhead restaurant.

The shooting left 23-year-old Artez Benton dead and another hospitalized.

Police said the shooting was a result of a fight that broke out between Zulu and others.

Atlanta police charged Zulu with murder, aggravated Assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and simple battery on Tuesday.

Zulu turned himself into authorities on Tuesday and was able to post a $200,000 bond that same day.

Zulu lawyer assures the press in a statement that his client was using self-defense while being attacked.
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It is unclear when Zulu will appear in court.

Zulu’s lawyer, Gabe Banks, said in a statement that Zulu was jumped by four individuals and was protecting himself after the suspects repeatedly attacked him while in a “defenseless posture.”

Luda and Zulu.
Ludacris and Chaka Zulu at the LondonHouse in Chicago, Illinois on July 13, 2017.
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The family of Artez Benton wants answers for the death of the 23-year-old.

“We just want justice for Artez,” Arteria Benton, older sister of Artez, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Zulu is known throughout Atlanta for his involvement in the community.

Back in January, the Atlanta Hawks Honored Zulu for his advocacy for mentorship and service to young artists in Atlanta.

Zulu founded the independent record label “Disturbing Tha Peace Records” back in 1998 with his brother Jeff Dixon and Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges.

The goal of the record label was to give musicians in Atlanta opportunities to get their name out there and not have to rely on major record label deals.

Ludacris was the first artist to sign with the label.

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