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Oh s**t Ram Squad! I know everybody from Philly remember this joint
I was about to post this joint & they had a remix with Nelly, I remember at around the time this joint came out they had a deal through Universal and s**t made the news across the country cuz they were one of the first major drug operations that got caught up in tha music business
juss found the Allhiphop article from 04
RAM Squad's Tommy Hill Arrested On Cocaine Charges
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 7:34 AM
The home of John "Tommy Hill" Wilson, lead rapper of the popular Philadelphia group The RAM Squad, was raided last night.
The group had been under investigation by the FBI since the late 1990's after Hill and others formed an alliance with incarcerated Philadelphia mob boss, "Skinny" Joey Merlino.
Police allege that Wilson was dealing cocaine in significant quantities from his Northeast Philadelphia home.
Undercover officers bought $10,000 worth of cocaine from Wilson several times over the past year.
Plainclothes officers raided the house around 5:30 PM yesterday (Dec. 23) and charged him with drug dealing and possession charges.
Police allege Wilson oversees a vast drug distribution network, that funnels cocaine back to the Richard Allen Homes in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
Several other members of the group have been arrested on various charges over the past year, in an attempt to turn them into government witnesses.
"Its a shame that recording artists with such potential disintegrated into sordid accusations," Bernard M. Resnick Esq., the group's Entertainment lawyer told AllHipHop.com. "I haven't spoken to Tommy Hill in close to a year. Most of the guys have been doing their own thing for that time. Obviously Tommy is innocent until proven guilty."
Hill and Merlino didn't exactly conceal their relationship. The two publicly appeared together in the late 90's on stage at the now defunct club Gotham.
"I saw them together that night and so did the whole club, cause they were on stage," a source asking not to be named told AllHipHop.com. "I couldn't believe it. Kurupt, Tommy Hill and Skinny Joey were all on the stage together. I was still like 'damn Richard Allen Mob is serious.' Anyone who grew up in the Delaware Valley and was into hip-hop knew about RAM Squad. Their music was hot and the DJ's always shouted them out."
Merlino had ambitions to back the group's career through an a.ssociate named Stephen "Eppy" Epstein.
Epstein's wife was the late Linda Creed, the famed songwriter that penned hits for the Stylistics, The Spinners and Whitney Houston.
Through Epstein, the group landed a deal with Universal Records and released their major label debut Random Access Money.
Although the record was critically acclaimed and considered one of their best releases, the album sold poorly and the group was subsequently dropped.
"These guys had real talent, which is why I thought they had a shot," Resnick continued. "This group had an overarching theme to every album they put out. They understood the over all marketing concepts better than most groups did. They thought consistently and artistically they planned more than a collection of songs. It's just a sad situation."
Hill is expected to be arraigned on drug charges in the next 24 hours.
as for the snitching
Tommy Hill Of RAM Squad Cooperating With FBI
Friday, June 04, 2004 12:15 PM
John Wilson, better known as "Tommy Hill" and member of popular Philadelphia group R.A.M. Squad, pleaded guilty to cocaine charges yesterday (June 3) and is cooperating with federal authorities.
"I did what I did," Wilson told the judge yesterday before pleading guilty. "I know it was wrong. I just want to get this behind me and move on with my life."
Hill was busted in December of 2003 and charged with selling 51 grams of crack to a cooperating government witness who was wired with a recording device provided by the FBI. The FBI also supplied the money for the drug purchase, which took place last in a fast-food parking lot.
Wilson is facing a minimum of 10 years. Prosecutors will seek to reduce his sentence, based on the level of cooperation he provides.
Hill revealed two months ago that the FBI was seeking information from him in relation to former Philadelphia mob boss "Skinny" Joey Merlino and Shamsud-din Ali, a Muslim cleric accused of corruption.
He claimed an unknown rapper provided the information that led to his arrest and vowed that he would not cooperate with federal officials.
Court records indicated otherwise and stated that Wilson "agrees to cooperate fully and truthfully with the government." The nature of information he is providing is not known.
Authorities have been investigating R.A.M. Squad since the late 1990's and claim there is no difference between the rap group and a drug gang of the same name. R.A.M. stands for "Richard Allen Mob," named after the Philadelphia housing complex where Wilson and other group members lived.
Another man, Gerald "Bubby" Thomas, also from the Richard Allen housing complex, was indicted on drug conspiracy charges last month. The Thomas investigation led authorities to tap Ali's phone and agents subsequently received permission to bug Ali's home and cellphone.
Those wiretaps spawned another corruption investigation and ultimately led to Mayor John Street's office being bugged.
According to investigators, the probe does not implicate that city officials were involved in dealing drugs.
Ali's wife Faridah and her children Azheem Spicer and Lakiha Spicer were indicted yesterday, but Ali himself has yet to be charged with a crime.