Superstar Pride (real name Cadarrius Pride) has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in Mississippi.
On Wednesday (19 July), the Panola County Sheriff’s Office reportedly responded to a call at approximately 12:30pm, where they found a 40-year-old man, identified as Marcus Wheatley, fatally shot.
During the investigation, deputies said information led them to believe Pride, 21, was a suspect, according to local news outlets.
He later surrendered to authorities and was taken to the Panola County Detention Center.
Pride has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held without bond.
Superstar Pride burst onto the rap scene with his candid 2023 track “Painting Pictures,” which exploded with the help of TikTok via United Masters and pushed its way to peak at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year.
Per the RIAA, “Painting Pictures” is certified gold and the official music video boasts over 27 million views.
The track’s momentum helped bring it to No. 1 on Urban Radio for the week ending May 11.
Although, “Painting Pictures” was nearly derailed when it was pulled from streaming services due to an uncleared Faith Evans sample. Luckily for Pride, the track was re-uploaded days later.
“The process of getting that cleared was crazy. It kinda disappointed me that it even was taken down. For the record to even come down was kinda harsh But to go back and get it put back up was respect,” he told Billboard in May.
“I was thankful and grateful for it being put back up on platforms. Going about getting that record cleared was not easy.”
Superstar Pride returned with his latest single on July 14 which is eerily titled “No Gun No Knife.”