NYPD Wants To Rap With Busta

New York City’s police chief has accused Busta Rhymes and others of withholding information in the February 5th death of his bodyguard, Israel Ramirez, and is threatening to haul the rapper in front of a grand jury.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the silence from potential witnesses including Rhymes is hindering the investigation.

“[Ramirez] worked for him,” the commissioner said during a press conference. “I’d think he’d be knocking on the door. … If your employee’s murdered in front of you, you think you might want to talk to the police.”

Kelly added that if witnesses don’t come forward, they could be subpoenaed to testify in front of a grand jury.

Rhymes hasn’t spoken publicly about the fatal shooting but said in a statement that Ramirez “was not only security for me, but he was a friend, one of the rare friends that you come across that you can trust with your life.”

The 29-year-old bodyguard died from a single gunshot to the chest outside a Brooklyn, N.Y., warehouse where a music video was being filmed for a remix of Rhymes’ latest single.

Investigators are seeking a court order for the video, which might provide clues to what led to the shooting. Police believe an argument that started inside the building moved to the street.