Superstar Pride has been denied bond in the murder of a man believed to be the Mississippi rapper’s barber.
Cadarrius Pride, better known by his stage name of “Superstar Pride,” was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder last Wednesday after Marcus Wheatley, 40, was found dead in Sardis. According to a release from the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, the “No Knife No Gun” rapper willingly turned himself in to authorities upon being identified as the main suspect.
Following Pride’s arrest, Wheatley’s grandmother Mary Ann Strong told Memphis-based WREG that her grandson was Pride’s barber and that she watched the whole thing happen.
“He fell there, and he shot about three times after he fell and he walked over to me and he pointed the gun and asked if I was going to tell it,” Strong recalled, adding her belief that the two had a falling out over Wheatley declining to be in a music video.
Pride, 21, initially rose to fame in Oct. 2022 with the release of “Painting Pictures,” which eventually peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed up his first hit with singles, “Fullcourtpressure” and “Free Wop,” and has since reached nearly 3.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.