Depending on your orientation in Hip Hop you’ll remember the name Damion “World” Hardy from one of two different places. If you hail from the “streets” of Brooklyn than you recognize World as the infamous World from LG, brother to Wise, who was alleged killed by Nut, or as he known by the government, Ivory Davis. And if people go back that far, then they’ll recall Nut is the brother in the “Get Money” video being serenaded by Lil’ Kim, with her sitting on his lap.
So as fate would have it, years later Kim’s boyfriend World is being charged with ordering the killing of Nut in a revenge slaying for Nut’s murder of World’s brother. For me, the incident strikes close to home, because I spent the last minutes with Nut on that fateful night, toasting it up at the bar inside NV nightclub, then escorting him to the parking lot where he got into Range and veered off into the deadly trap.
Upon being shot, his vehicle flipped the curb and he killed an influential European filmmaker (he had a popular Volkswagen commercial in rotation). Now, the other half of Hip Hop will remember World from his infamous appearance on Wendy Williams where he discussed some highly volatile information that would make Pimp C look like Joel Olsteen. He took the opportunity of being on air to air out all of the alleged closet homosexuals in the game, sparing none. He claimed that they were all apart of a secret society that bases initiations and rituals on sexual magic, namely of the same sex kind. He mentioned his former squeeze, Lil Kim was an Eastern Star and Hip Hop was part of a global conspiracy to discredit and destroy Hip Hop.
Even though this interview is heavily discussed on message boards and Wendy routinely reaches into the archives whenever she wants to piss the pundits off, you’ll be hard-pressed to find it online. Then the police want you to believe that World became a jihadist and went to the Middle East to forge ties with international terrorists..oh yeah, before he did all that he attempted to shot 50 Cent in a New Jersey parking lot for dissing Lil’ Kim. The same 50 Cent that was previously shot by Homicide, Nut’s right hand man who was killed weeks prior to Nut getting murdered. I can’t believe Hollywood hasn’t come calling yet. Now the State of New York wants to make an exception and line World up for the death penalty via lethal injection. In a bid to save his life, his defense is making him out to look like a nut-job, no pun intended. The NY Daily News ran an article on his impending trial and below are some quotes from that piece:
Hardy’s lawyer claims he has undergone a religious conversion since those wild times, legally changing his name to Isa Ibn Jibril. He also is mentally ill, the lawyer said.
Last week, a federal judge ordered Hardy to undergo a psychiatric exam to determine if he is competent to stand trial on federal racketeering and murder charges.
“I am the Christ. I am the Messiah,” Hardy ranted in court in 2004 after he was arrested at JFK Airport as he returned from a religious pilgrimage in the Middle East.
“Do not be the one to go against the law,” he went on. “Adhere to the law’s command before I give you warning. A day that is drawing near. A day of grief and regrets. Boiling water will be poured over your heads.”
Rest assure that this won’t be the last you hear of this story that is so intertwined with plot twists, turns and multiple layers that the rabbit hole may lead anywhere.