Rapper and brewery owner Fish Scales kidnapped and shot dead in Atlanta

Atlanta hip-hop artist Fish Scales was kidnapped in front of the brewery he co-owns (Images: Twitter @nappyscales / @atlantucky / @nappyroots)

Hip-hop artist Fish Scales was kidnapped outside his Atlanta brewery and shot dead while attempting to escape, authorities said.

The Nappy Roots rapper was attacked by attackers Wednesday outside the Atlantucky Brewery in Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, which he co-owns.

Police in the area are looking for two suspects, who they also say robbed a customer at the brewery before entering the white Scales Mercedes-Benz at gunpoint.

The suspects drove Scales, whose real name is Melvin Adams Jr., to his home in Hapeville, Georgia.

But when given a chance, Adams, 45, tried to escape

“As soon as he had the opportunity, he tried to run away,” Hapeville Police Captain Christian Hunt said at a news conference. That’s when the suspects shot Adams in the leg, Hunt said.

Adams’ car was later found abandoned on Oak Street in Hapeville near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The suspects only got away with around $30, police said.

Adams was taken to a local hospital in Georgia, where he can be seen “awake and smiling” in photos sent to local news outlets.

“I’m certainly relieved that my business partner and brother Scales is safe and recovering… that’s the most important thing,” said William Hughes, Adams’ partner at Nappy Roots.

Hughes goes by the name Skinny DeVille. “We would appreciate if the public would give us some privacy over the next week while we reassess the situation as this is an ongoing investigation,” he added. “I assure you that we will share the results as the police allow. But for now, know that Scales is safe and recovering.”

Nappy Roots was founded in 1995 at Western Kentucky University. Both Adams and Hughes grew up in Milledgeville, Georgia.

The group was nominated for two Grammys in 2003, one for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for their song “Po Folks”.

https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/19/rapper-and-brewery-owner-fish-scales-kidnapped-and-shot-in-atlanta-17212206/ Rapper and brewery owner Fish Scales kidnapped and shot dead in Atlanta

Justin Scacco

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