Content creator DJ Vlad has been called a “culture vulture” by Bankroll Fresh’s uncle who took issue with how the former DJ conducted his interview with rapper No Plug, the man who killed the late Atlanta rapper in self defense.
As we previously reported, No Plug did an interview with Vlad TV where he detailed his altercation with Bankroll, whose real name is Trentavious White.
“[Bankroll Fresh] caused the situation to happen,” he said. “He came out with his gun and s—. And s— happened. He came out playing with the s—. He fired a shot and s— happened. We pulled off. He ended up dead.”
“S— was that simple. He pulled the gun. Shot the mother—er. Couple shots got fired back. He got hit. I leave. Next thing you know, folks calling me saying ‘Fresh dead,’” he continued.
Bankroll’s uncle, Marvin Shadi Powers, took issue with how the interview was conducted. He’s angry that DJ Vlad didn’t reach out to the family first to get the real story.
In a very long open letter, Powers writes in part:
Dear Vlad (Vlad TV),
You disrespectful culture vulture. I offered you to talk to my family [Bankroll Fresh’s family] when my nephew was first killed. Did you call us or reached out to the Street Money Worldwide family or his father and mother to get a rebuttal to No Plug’s story? None of that!”
“When I asked you to interview Bankroll PJ and how he was continuing the legacy, you had a subordinate call me to tell me, you’re passing on PJ. He had just released a new single out plus he’s starring in a new FX TV show (Atlanta) this fall with Childish Gambino but no that was too positive, huh? Not enough black on black crime?”
But you gave this coward a forum and put this hating coon on your platform like it was some light humored story. Sitting there smiling and talking about how he love my family. Where was the remorse with all that chuckling? And then the story he was telling you were straight bulls— with more holes in it than the police’s reasons for killing Alton Sterling. You’re an poor excuse for an journalist, if we can even call you one.”
“And while the whole black community were coming together to protest ‘cops killing black men,’ you drop this one sided interview of an open investigation for an unsolved murder of Bankroll Fresh. Was that strategic Vlad? You wanted to show more black on black violence on the same day? All you do is take from our community!”
“My nephew is dead and you’re having a light humored conversation with an alleged killer like it’s just another interview with Taxstone or Charlamagne. What’s funny? This s— ain’t funny!!! Even as a responsible journalist or the leader of urban news as you claim, you should have had the rebuttal interview with our family and/or other people who was there.”
“Then you let him talked without confirming anything beforehand? Did you talk to the D.A.’s office or the APD Homicide? Even if no charges was brought, it doesn’t explained the real truth on why he was at the studio in the first place! It’s only his side of the story! Where’s the other sides??? Where’s the TRUTH???”
As you can tell by this letter, there’s a lot of confusion, anger and frustration on the part of Bankroll Fresh’s family. We hope that DJ Vlad will address this issue so we can get some clarity on what really happened on the night that Bankroll Fresh died.
You can read Shadi Powers’ entire letter at AllHipHop.com.