Rap Artist Uncle Murda in Luzerne County for ‘Controversial’ Concert

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WILKES-BARRE -- Rap and hip-hop artist Uncle Murda is in town -- drawing with him a packed crowd, as well as extra police presence around the Diamond City's downtown section.

Uncle Murda, an internationally known rapper signed to Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's G-Unit Records, is slated to take the stage at Ali Baba Liquor Lounge on South Main Street later Friday evening.

His appearance has been much anticipated -- both by fans and law enforcement officers alike.

In many rap music circles, many laud Uncle Murda as 'a pretty big deal,' citing his multiple hit singles and international hits -- one of which, "Hands Up," has had law enforcement officers in Luzerne County on edge.

In the song, he raps about police killing unarmed black men, saying "time to start killing these coppers."

"Although I believe in First Amendment, free speech, we just want to make sure that law enforcement and the community remain safe and so we are providing extra resources," said Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.

The owner of Ali Baba Liquor Lounge promises extra security personnel on hand for the show, and also pledges to donate some of the proceeds to a non-profit organization that specializes in honoring fallen officers.

Interestingly enough, Uncle Murda has had a bit of a relationship with Newswatch 16 on social media this week.

On Monday, Newswatch 16 did a story highlighting the community concern among authorities in reference to Friday's show. That story ended up being posted on Uncle Murda's verified Instagram page, with some accompanying choice words for us.

That post has now been viewed more than 48,000 times and elicited more than a thousand comments from his followers.

Members of the Newswatch 16 news team have reached out to Uncle Murda several times in an attempt to secure an interview. At this time, we have not heard back yet.

The Uncle Murda concert starts at 9 p.m. Friday evening.


  • Archie Beal

    Trash and nothing more…welfare access recipients that got a little rythym and thinks they could sing . If the rest of them put half the energy into finding a job that they put into there rhetoric. Society would be much improved and we’ll off

  • mr. do-gooder

    Why is Channel 16 not allowing this story to fall to bottom of the website where it belongs? Have the Channel 16 family members never been affected in life by this violent thug lifestyle?

  • Writer Girl

    Well, the guys who spoke on TV for the group, seemed OK, but who knows? They acted like it was just rap, but music can lead to violence or good. Nothing happened, so it’s over. I wonder though, who they would call in the event of future trouble? The cops?

  • David

    All these people upset by this. I hope you never listened to Johnny Cash. Killing cops isn’t just mentioned in rap songs.

  • The who?

    “A pretty big deal”. Right. Never heard of him before his Carnagie Hall debut in W-B, doubt I’ll ever hear of him again after tomorrow. Unless he decides to emulate Prince or Michael…

  • Just Sayin

    I have absolutely nothing to do but would rather watch the grass grow than patronize this “event”!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli


    How is any rapper controversial anymore?

    Remember 2 Live Crew from 1990?

    Remember snoop dog rapping about 187 on a muthaphukn cop in 1994?


    Too many old people here. There’s no such thing as a controversial rapper anymore. It’s all been done before.

    Those old rappers are legends today.

  • entertainment × 2

    They’re doing so much coverage because they know it’ll bring out all the hood rats in town and then of course the violence will follow, and here comes WNEP with crew and cameras drooling for a good 6 o’clock story. See how that all works?

    • Givemeabreak

      It’s all click bait. The right thing to do would be to not even mention him or give him the time of day but the more clicks the more money from their advertisers. WNEP is really no different from this guy. They both will do anything for the almighty dollar no matter how low.

  • Bart

    what a great reflection on where our society is at and an example of how upside down things are.

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