iHeartMemphis (a.k.a. iLoveMemphis) is facing an obstacle much bigger than any battle on the music charts. Earlier this year, the “Hit the Quan rapper” was charged with aggravated rape and could face up to 60 years if convicted.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Memphis asserts his innocence. “Never would ever do such a thing,” he said. “I love women to death. My mom has eight kids, so I've grown up with five sisters, including my mom. So, you know, yeah, that's the last thing that I would ever, ever, ever get myself into."
Memphis and two other men are accused of raping an intoxicated woman at a house party in May. The victim said she blacked out at the party and was only able to identify Memphis among the accusers.
A grand jury has not made a decision on the rape case. His lawyer called the allegations “vehemently false.”
While the case remains on hold, Memphis plans on dropping more music. He wants to ride the dance wave. “I have so many dance records, I'm gonna stay in the dance lane for a while. I'd rather be in a lane that many people are not in then hop in the lane that everybody's in.”
The 22-year-old rap newbie also talks about his church upbringing during the interview. "I'm a Christian," he said. "I love God. I pray a whole lot, and I pray to be in a position where I can give back to my people and it's happening, you know. I'm following that dream."
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