Case thrown out against Roddy Ricch, who leads chant against NYPD after release

Roddy Ricch is a free man.

The Compton rapper was released from jail on Sunday, less than a day after he was arrested on gun charges while walking to his scheduled performance at the Governors Ball music festival in New York.

Police said they took Ricch to jail after a private security firm noticed a gun in a car he was driving and forced him to miss his set. However, Ricch was released in time for his performance at Sunday’s Summer Jam, where he addressed the crowd in a “F— NYPD vocals.”

Ricch, 23, née Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr., and two other men in the car — 46-year-old Michael Figueroa of Brooklyn and 57-year-old Carlos Collins of Eastchester, NY — have been charged with criminal gun possession. Possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device and unlawful possession of the device.

When reached by phone Monday morning, a representative for District Attorney Melinda Katz said the case had been dismissed but gave no reason. Another representative for Katz said no charges had been filed.

Fans were already lining up for Ricch’s appearance at the Governors Ball when news of his arrest broke on Saturday. Ricch was scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. ET, but the Governors Ball tweeted that Ricch would not be able to perform at 7:11 p.m. ET, more than 40 minutes after he should have started.

There was no word from Ricch other than his Instagram story on Sunday afternoon when he emerged from jail, laughed for the camera and said he needed a shower.

Ricch’s arrest was part of a tumultuous hip-hop weekend at the festival. On Friday, Migos canceled their scheduled performance times before they were due to take the stage, and their replacement, Lil Wayne, also canceled, citing “flight disruptions.”

Hometown hero ASAP Ferg eventually filled in for Migos and Lil Wayne, though the festival couldn’t find a replacement for Ricch. And Young Thug thanked his fans from prison, where he is awaiting trial in his ongoing gang case after being denied bail on June 2.

“You know, this isn’t just about me or YSL,” Thug said. “I’ve always used my music as a form of artistic expression, and now I see that black artists and rappers don’t have that freedom. Please all sign the Protect Black Art petition and keep praying for us. I love you all.”

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On Monday morning, Post Malone announced that Ricch will be his special guest on the just-announced Twelve Carat tour, following his latest album Twelve Carat Toothache. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

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