A Nevada rapper was arrested on murder charges after implicating himself in a music video by sharing details of the crime that only a killer could have known, police said.
Kenjuan McDaniel, 25, was picked up on August 29 after police said lyrics in one of his recently posted music videos included details about a 2021 murder that had not been publicly released, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.
“I be the reason why he’s dead, we still taunt him when he die, not the reason he’s dead, so celebrate the reason why his momma cry,” was one of the lyrics in McDaniel’s video for his song “Fadee Free” that police said implicated the rapper, according to a warrant obtained by KVUU.
“Parked the car, double back on feet, the smartest way to slide, drove in, double lock yo man, make sure you get yo bod’,” was another lyric linked to the murder, which saw a man gunned down in his apartment after an apparent argument.
In the video — which depicted McDaniel and his cohorts’ faces transforming into demonic skeletal visages — the rapper also allegedly acted out movements that police said were “consistent with evidence at the scene.”
“The facts gathered during the investigation were obtained separately from the music video,” police said.
“The music video further validated the results of the investigation.”
McDaniel’s video was first uploaded to YouTube in mid-July, and a detective found it shortly thereafter.
“Detectives noted the music video bore a sufficient level of similarity to the details of the murder,” the warrant read. “This includes the fact, that Kenjuan confessed to the murder in his lyrics.”
“Details provided by Kenjuan in his music video were not released to the public and would not be common knowledge.”
McDaniels appeared in court on Thursday.