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Entertainment • Feb 17, 2019

Rapper BlocBoy JB wanted by authorities in midst of Fortnite dance lawsuit

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Rapper BlocBoy JB wanted by authorities in midst of Fortnite dance lawsuit
Shelby Count Sheriff's Dept, Twitter / Epic Games

American rapper James ‘BlocBoy JB’ Baker is suing Fortnite developers Epic Games for using his ‘Shoot’ dance in an emote - but recent felony charges could thwart his chances of success.

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The Shelby County Sheriff's office in Memphis, Tennessee, posted a tweet asking for help in locating BlocBoy JB, stating that the rapper is wanted for a series of charges.

According to the post, Baker is wanted for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and theft of property.

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While no other information is yet available concerning the cause of these charges, BlocBoy uploaded a photo to Instagram tagging his location within the city during the weekend, which could hint at the date of the crimes in question.

These charges come in the midst of BlocBoy’s lawsuit against Fortnite developers Epic Games, who he is suing for using his popular ‘Shoot’ dance in the game’s ‘Hype’ emote.

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The rapper feels that Epic unfairly used his dance without credit, and finally moved forward with the suit after calling out the company in a tweet in September 2018.

BlocBoy isn’t the only personality taking legal action against Epic, either; Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro, rapper 2 Milly, and even ‘Backpack Kid’ are filing suits against the company for use of their dances, as well.

Despite the overwhelming action taken against them, Epic has shown no signs of backing down, claiming that, “No one can own a dance step,” in response to 2 Milly’s lawsuit.

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