Rapper Remy Ma stands by son after arrest for 2021 murder

Rocco Parascandola, John Annese, Leonard Greene | New York Daily News

Rapper Remy Ma’s son has been charged with murdering a man in Queens in 2021, police said Wednesday.

Jayson Scott, 23, and a second suspect, Richard Swygert, 22, were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder for the June 7, 2021 shooting death of 47-year-old ex-con Darius Guillebeaux, police said.

The rapper told TMZ.com that she is standing by her son Scott.

“We stand by Jayson’s innocence and pray that the NYPD will conduct a complete and thorough investigation to reveal the truth,” Remy Ma said in a statement to the outlet.

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for my family and me. While we sincerely appreciate the love and support we have received from all of you, we kindly ask for privacy as our legal team works to prove Jayson’s innocence.”

The victim was confronted by two men who opened fire at 148th St. and Rockaway Blvd. in South Jamaica.

Guillebeaux, struck multiple times in the head and chest, was rushed by medics to Jamaica Hospital but could not be saved.

He served three terms in state prison, two for selling drugs and one for robbery, records show. It wasn’t clear what sparked the fatal shooting.

In November 2020, the victim was busted by the state Attorney General’s office in a 54-suspect drug sweep called “Operation Heat Wave” that focused on drug-dealing in upstate Jefferson County.

That takedown involved three separate indictments, and Guillebeaux, who has the street name “D Block,” was a supplier for a trio of Jefferson County dealers, officials charged at the time.

Swygert, meanwhile, has now been linked to three murders. He has been in jail since 2021. In August of that year, he was charged with killing a man in a Queens karaoke bar over a gold chain.

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Two months later, he was charged in the shooting death of a man, Robert Williams, outside a Queens hotel on New Year’s Day.

Scott, who lives in the Bronx, police said, is one of Remy Ma’s two children.

He has been on Rikers Island since his arrest last month on a weapons charge. Cops arrested him in Queens for allegedly carrying a loaded .40-caliber Glock with an extended magazine. He was also in possession of liquid promethazine, according to cops.

In a 2018 Instagram post, Remy Ma, a Grammy nominated hip-hop artist, bragged about her son.

“My baby forever! My “Punkin” My 1st born. My son,” she wrote in a post that included family photos. “I had him when I was so young & thought I knew it all. We basically grew up together.”

Scott has periodically appeared with his mother on reality TV.

Remy Ma, whose real name is Reminisce Smith, spent six years behind bars for shooting Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the chest during a fight over money in 2007.

Prosecutors said the rapper shot one of her best friends over missing cash and then searched the bleeding woman’s purse instead of calling 911.

The victim, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, said Remy Ma climbed into her car, accused her of stealing about $3,000 and blasted her twice.

Barnes-Joseph said she had been a close friend of Remy Ma’s for more than a decade.

The rapper was released from prison in May 2014.

In 2019, she faced criminal charges after she was accused of punching “Love & Hip Hop New York” cast member Brittney Taylor in the face.

Manhattan prosecutors dropped their case against the rapper after saying that conflicting evidence and witness accounts made it too difficult to prove. The rapper’s lawyer denied the allegations and said her client was home with her daughter at the time of the alleged attack

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Remy Ma rose to fame as a member of Fat Joe’s Terror Squad group, becoming one of five rappers to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

She has been married to rapper Papoose since 2008. They had a child in 2018.

Days before Scott’s arrest, Remy Ma gathered with friends and family to celebrate her birthday in a Cinderella-themed birthday gala.

The “Remderella” event at the Renaissance Event Hall in Long Island City featured a compilation of the rapper’s greatest hits, including “Conceited” and “Whutever.”

Remy Ma made a grand entrance in a baby blue embellished ball gown and later changed to a powder pink dress.

She has been nominated for four Grammys and won two BET Awards for best female hip-hop artist in 2005 and 2017. She’s also appeared in several television shows, including the popular VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop.”

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