Murder of Jacksonville teenager becomes TikTok trend thanks to deadly rap rivalry
The age-old question in Hip-Hop is always… Does art reflect life or does life reflect art?
Recently, a video titled “Where Corbin” was all the rage on TikTok.
Corbin Johnson’s body was reported missing in 2018 and was discovered in 2019. The platform’s spillover into other spaces on the internet has prompted the case of his death to be investigated.
An article on News4JAX.com a received over 700,000 clicks since the trend started.
Corbin’s mother, Melissa Jackson, says people reached out to her in response, offering her their condolences. She asked why, and when she found out it was a TikTok challenge that went viral, she said, “I think it’s just ignorant. I really think it’s ignorant.
The song is called “Beatbox Remix / Bibby Flow” by Julio Foolio with COJACK.
In the song, a line read: “Corbin was kidnapped, they found his bones, he was rotten (Where’s Corbin?)”
Sadly, Corbin was linked to a feud between two Jacksonville gangs (ATK and KTA), who happen to be rappers. The two gangs are blurring the lines by detailing their beef in their rap clips.
Reports claim that Corbin was a member of ATK.
From videos like these, social media, and their local news, police know Yungeen Ace is the star of ATK and Julio Foolio is the star of the gang’s opps, KTA.
On an IG Live stream, Foolio was asked “Where’s Corbin?”
“Speaking of where Corbin is, I don’t know where Corbin is. That’s all I have to say, “the rapper said of his former rival.
Many TikTokers took down the videos, after finding out the song’s true meaning.
According to an article in First Coast News published in
2021, the Jacksonville Sheriff said the information they came from crews making their social media posts and videos.
Cops say the videos are the equivalent of ’80s gang graffiti.
In fact, law enforcement is considering YouTubers shows like Queenzflip. Quiet room
Viral videos, blogging, and self-incrimination are mostly from the artists, allowing law enforcement to determine when things got very hot for the two gangs following the May 2017 murder of Zion Brown, cousin of Julio Foolio.
Deontrae Thomas, 19, was arrested for the murder.
In retaliation for Brown’s death, Yungeen Ace was shot eight times. Three other men were shot dead in the altercation: Royale D’Von Smith Jr., 18, and Jercoby Da’Shad Groover, 19. It all happened in 2018.
To celebrate, Julio Foolio posted a photo of himself on his Instagram account wearing an airbrushed t-shirt from Royale D’Von Smith Jr., aka 23, which read: “Rest in P ### 23.” He captioned it, “I’m having a new T-shirt made for my show.”
In 2019, during a shootout at Paradise Gentlemen’s Club on Baymeadows Road, another ATK rapper, Boss Goon, was shot dead in his car after his performance. ATK rapper Ksoo and his father, who were shot in the back, were shot in the back.
KTA rapper Lilbuck was murdered shortly after. The following February, Julio Foolio’s 16-year-old little brother, Adrian Dennard Gainer Jr., aka Bibby, was killed.
To celebrate these murders, Ksoo titled his 2019 release of his album, Bibby outside. After posting several videos about the murder of KTA members and “smoking Bibby,” the Jacksonville sheriff’s office arrested Ksoo in March, accusing him of killing Bibby and Lilbuck.
Between February and March, several attempts were made against Julio Foolio and Yungeen Ace.
Julio Foolio then posted videos on ‘who I smoke’ and naming Ace, ATK and 23.
This buddy smoking continued to appear, even in the March music video, “Who I Smoke,” starring Spinabenz, Whoppa Wit Da Choppa, Yungeen Ace and FastMoney Goon.
Julio Foolio then released a diss track titled “When I See You”, a remix of “When I See U” by Fantasia.
While they think they are funny, they really play out. Before the broadcast of either video, the police checked the recordings to arrest the people.
Sheriff Williams of Jacksonville said when announcing the arrests of six convicted felons seen in rap videos with guns he said: “Social media has had an impact on our society. several ways. Most of these impacts are positive. Unfortunately, these technological advancements also provide the criminal element with a new platform to promote their business in the street culture market.
It’s true. Julio Foolio has twice taken to Instagram to discuss the murders, including that of Corbin.
Corbin’s mother said, “For the most part, it turns off a lot of people. Lots of people, if you have people who think it’s funny and laugh at it. But for the most part, it really touches the hearts of a lot of people. “
“To answer the question where Corbin is, Corbin is right here. He is in my heart. If you are looking for Corbin, this is where Corbin is located, he is right here. I have it with me every day, ”she said.