Hines (Torn Between The NBA & The Drug Trade)
Hines (pictured above) was the youngest child in his family, the family occupied
an apartment in the projects; Karlton’s mother raised the entire family on her
at the tender age of 12, was a standout on the basketball court. His skills
were so advanced; he often played against kids who were 16-17 years old.
being the youngest on the court, Karlton often won MVP awards. Everywhere he
went, 20-30 coaches followed.
he returned home from the gym, recruiters would be waiting.
15, he had a NBA body and stood 6’5. He was so versatile, he could play power
forward and guard. He was also an unselfish player and passed the ball
wanted to be near him. He was treated like a local celebrity among his peers.
high school, rap mogul Damon Dash was one of Karlton’s classmates.
made 65 percent of his shots on the court and he played alongside future NBA
star Sam Cassell.
received over 35 letters from colleges around the world but Karlton was intent
on going to Syracuse.
was an All-Star and many considered him the best high school basketball player
in the country. His skills were similar to Lebron James.
dunks were so fierce and ferocious; he was nicknamed ‘Dunking Hines.’
something went terribly wrong, four months before graduation, after an altercation
with a coach, Karlton quit basketball. The lure of the streets became
mother tried to motivate him, to no avail, he often hung out around the house
depressed, until one of his friends talked him into going across the bridge
to play in pickup basketball games that could net him thousands.
dealers paid Karlton $5,000-$10,000 dollars to play against other players due
to his celebrity. Although the money was great, these events didn’t occur
on a regular basis.
liked the celebrity of the dealer; over time, he became intrigued with hustling.
long, Karlton started dealing drugs.
the age of 18, Karlton got into an altercation with a neighborhood man, the
man pulled a knife on him, in self-defense; Karlton sliced him across the neck
with a broken bottle and severed an artery. The man was pronounced dead at the
turned himself in to the police after 11 days on the run.
month later, he was released from prison after a judge ruled he acted in self-defense.
his release from prison, Karlton got into the drug game with a vengeance.
sat on a stoop from 7:30 a.m. in the morning till 10 p.m. at night, selling
cocaine. He became overwhelmed, netting $10,000 per day.
was so good, Karlton needed help; a crew of eight was assigned to assist him.
help from the crew, he began netting $100,000 per day, which soon escalated
to $225,000 per day as lines snaked around the corner, starting at 7:00 a.m.
in the morning.
was given 40 percent of the profits. He made big purchases, a Mercedes Benz,
a Lexus and an assortment of furs and bling. He was never seen in the
same fur twice.
wore $100,000 worth of bling on any given occasion. He also had drug deals
out of town; he would leave and return with $90,000 in cash.
to the competition; Karlton and his crew strapped themselves with guns.
mother tried to talk him into going back to school; he said he couldn’t because
people would call him a murderer.
his second daughter was born, he was thinking about getting out of the drug
and a friend went to see a Syracuse basketball game.
recruiter from the USBL (United States Basketball League) approached Karlton
and asked him to come down for a tryout.
started getting in shape.
the night of his birthday, he and his crew planned to celebrate, Karlton’s friend
Bee-O was throwing a party.
crew purchased rims for their cars, and they went on a shopping spree.
was having custom-made seats put in his Lexus; they went to the shop to pick
up the car. One of the detailers was trying to talk Karlton into purchasing
a car alarm system. He asked Karlton to come with him, he would show him
how the system operated on another car, as they approached the car, shots rung
the shots stopped, Carlos, a member of Karlton’s crew screamed, I’ve been hit.
Other members of the crew rushed to his aid, that’s when they saw Karlton
lying on the ground, they tried to resurrect him but it was too late, Karlton
Hines died on April 8th , 1994 at the age of 25. $5,000 was found in his
pockets. The killer or killers were never apprehended.
who was shot on the day Karlton got killed, would be murdered a few months later.
close friend Bee-O whose party he was to attend the evening of his death was
also killed later that year.
‘The Karlton Hines Story’ by Troy Reed & Street Stars
MURDER & KIDNAP:
1996, Lathan Williams a.k.a. ‘Young Lay’ (pictured above) was on the fast track
to rap stardom. He was celebrating the success of a hit single and an
upcoming album featuring the already legendary Tupac Shakur. Lay and
Tupac also had the same manager, Leila Steinberg.
career took off when his single ‘All About My Feeti,’ appeared on volume one
of the ‘New Jersey Drive’ soundtrack in 1995. The soundtrack linked Lay
to more established names on the East Coast rap scene, Biggie, Queen Latifah
and Outkast. The record went gold and Lay signed on with Atlantic Records.
when his career seemed to be taking off, a gunshot wound to the head left him
in a coma. He was shot while traveling in the passenger seat of a car
in Vallejo, Ca. Lay would emerge from the coma after two weeks and fully
recover. It was the second time Lay had been shot. He had been shot in
the back when he was younger.
would also plead no contest and was fined $170 for possession of less than an
ounce of marijuana. A month later, the D.A. charged him with felony drug
possession for which he was convicted on put on probation.
few months later, police reported finding three rocks of cocaine weighing just
over a half of gram in Lay’s mouth. He pleaded not guilty and posted the
$7,500 in bail to get out of jail. While out on probation, he was cited
for possessing an open container of alcohol in a car. He was sentenced
to five years probation and one year in jail and required to complete a drug
that year, Lay would become a new father, in April of that year, his girlfriend
Daphne Boyden gave birth to their son, Le-Zhan.
month later in May, Daphne Boyden was shot and burned to death by two 15-year
old fellow high school students and her baby was kidnapped.
theorized, someone set fire to Daphne’s corpse to cover up the crime.
years later, acting on an anonymous tip, Vallejo police recovered Le-Zhan Williams,
the son of Young Lay. Police arrested 22-year old Latasha Brown (murder
and kidnap) and her cousin Ocianetta Williams (murder and kidnap) and Latasha’s
mother Delores Ann Brown (for aiding and abetting).
police say Latasha Brown had a forged birth certificate, claiming she was Le-Zhan’s
mother. Police suspect Brown’s aunt, a Texas nurse, may have altered the
to witness testimony, Daphne Boyden was nursing her infant son when Latasha
Brown leaned over the couch, hugged her good-bye and shot her.
the police say there is no clear motive in the case, they suspect a connection
between Latasha Brown and the baby’s father (Young Lay). There’s some
speculation that Brown had a relationship with the father Lathan Williams and
that she had been jealous of Daphne Boyden’s relationship and the fact that
she had a child with him, especially with ‘Young Lay’ being famous, and her
intent was to take the child away.
DNA confirmed Le-Zhan’s identity, he was reunited with his family.
Brown was convicted and sentenced to 37 years to life in prison.
Williams was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Brown received a year in jail in 2003 for helping to conceal the kidnapped child.
‘Young Lay’s’ career derailed when increasing problems with the law landed him
in state prison in Susanville with a 12-year sentence for armed robbery.
we go to press, this true story came across my desk, although vague and sketchy,
these are the details: Shani Holloway, 31, was a pretty music promoter located
in Pittsburgh, CA, a suburb of San Francisco. She was also the mother of two
sons, (15 and 11). She booked concerts in small venues throughout the
bay area and was well liked and well respected by people in the industry.
2004, she added a rap act (Kanyva) real name, Justin Potts, to one of her shows.
After the show, she asked to speak to Kanyva. She critiqued his performance
and gave him constructive criticism in a respectful manner.
theorize, Kanyva didn’t like the fact that ‘a woman’ had the audacity to critique
his performance; he didn’t take Holloway’s advice too well.
he exited the building, he saw Holloway in conversation as she sat in the passenger
seat of her fiance’s car, he creeped up to the passenger window and fired two
shots, both bullets struck her in the head, she died instantly.
OF OUR READERS UPDATED US WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
Potts aka Kanyva was a well known and respected rapper in Pittsburg, CA.
He had won two consecutive "battle rap competitions" and had been
featured in several national magazines predicting, he would be the next big
is currently being held in jail in lieu of a $1 million dollar bond.
Update: Kanyva was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for first-degree murder.