Posted on: December 4, 2023, 03:16h.
Last updated on: December 4, 2023, 03:16h.
Rapper Jadakiss is suggesting that he was racially profiled while gambling at the NoMad high-roller casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Lox hip-hop legend said on social media that he arrived in Las Vegas on Nov. 29 for the last leg of Usher’s residency at Park MGM’s Dolby Live theater. Jadakiss said he had been staying at the NoMad, which occupies the top four stories of the Park MGM.
In a Dec. 2 video shared on X that has since gone viral, Jadakiss, 48, — whose real name is Jason Terrance Phillips — says he was gambling at the NoMad for several days before security asked him to leave. Kiss in the video suggested racism was behind the request.
Don’t ever gamble at the NoMad ever again,” Jadakiss said. “I don’t know what happened. I’ve been gambling here since Wednesday. I’m a tax-paying citizen. I’ve been losing my shirt, socks, everything.”
Jadakiss continued that security approached him on Dec. 2, the night of Usher’s final performance at the Strip resort, asking for his identification.
“They come to me at the end of the night… I didn’t win nothing! Is this racial profiling?” Kiss asked. “I’m out of here. I’m never coming back. And I’m a millionaire.”
Jadakiss goes off on the “Nomad” Hotel/casino in Vegas after they allegedly tried to ask for his credentials out of nowhere on his 4th day of gambling pic.twitter.com/vRGIeCA3E7
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NoMad Las Vegas Hotel
Part of the revamp included MGM partnering with the Sydell Group, which at the time owned and operated NoMad hotels in New York City and Los Angeles. NoMad NYC closed permanently amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NoMad Los Angeles closed in 2021.
The Sydell Group continues to manage the NoMad Las Vegas in partnership with MGM. Park MGM’s real estate assets are owned by Vici Properties.
NoMad shares many of its amenities with Park MGM, including its smoke-free casino. But right inside the NoMad hotel entrance and lobby is the resort’s high-limit table games area where Jadakiss was apparently gambling.
Kiss has not responded to media inquiries about what specifically happened before the social media video where he expressed his displeasure with NoMad/Park MGM security. He also hasn’t posted about the incident on his various social media outlets.
Jadakiss has had several run-ins with the law.
In 2004, he was arrested on marijuana and illegal gun possession charges. He later reached a plea deal on misdemeanor charges and paid a $900 fine.
Two years later in 2006, Jadakiss was arrested in his hometown of Yonkers, NY, on illegal gun and drug possession charges. Those charges were later dropped after it was determined that Kiss was riding in the backseat of the vehicle and the driver and front-seat passenger were the ones who possessed the illegal marijuana and firearm.
Jadakiss’ Yonkers home was raided in August 2009 where police found heroin and marijuana. Law enforcement concluded that the narcotics belonged to two individuals who were residing in the home while Kiss was on tour.