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Lawyer creates safety checklist for artists after rapper Takeoff’s murder

By Madeline Montgomery

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ATLANTA, Ga. (WANF) — A local entertainment attorney has created a safety checklist for artists after the murder of Migos Rapper Takeoff.

“We had Jam Master J, of course, we had Nipsy, everyone knows Nipsy, and Biggie and Tupac,” lists attorney James L. Walker.

Since the late 1980s, 50 major hip-hop artists have been murdered. Entertainment lawyer James Walker is fed up.

“I saw so many people die. It breaks my heart,” Walker said.

That’s why he created a safety checklist for his clients and for everyone in the entertainment industry.

“I think when you’re a top artist, whether you’re into rap, pop, R&B, whatever, you have to keep in mind that even if 90% of people like you, there are 10 % that can’t stand you,” Walker said.

The checklist is detailed, explaining how to travel safely, how to dress, where to eat, etc. The main thing is to always have a plan.

“For us to know where you are, who is going to be with you, who is going to be on that bus, that limo, that car service, there are no security gaps,” Walker said. “We want to make sure we know all the details along the way, and you get enough security.”

Walker sends this list to agencies, lawyers and labels.

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