Last year, Cory Gunz earned mad props for his rap on Lil Wayne's '6 Foot 7 Foot,' a song whose visuals ranked first on The BoomBox's list of 2011's best videos. So far, 2012 is off to a less promising start. As MTV reports, the 24-year-old rapper was arrested yesterday (Jan. 28) in his hometown of the Bronx, N.Y., after being caught with a loaded firearm.

The Young Money MC was picked up around 2PM, and while his father, veteran rhymer Peter Gunz, says police sometimes "like to make an example" out of young hip-hop artists, that doesn't appear to have been the case here.

"I spoke to the arresting officer, and so far, what I'm hearing from him is that they got a phone call at the station saying they should 'look out,'" the elder Gunz told MTV. "According to [the officer], they didn't know he was Cory Gunz. They just saw a bunch of kids following him around."

He added that it was "definitely an illegal search" and said that the officer "felt bad about the situation" -- perhaps because in New York, such gun charges come with mandatory jail time.

This is Cory's first such offense, and after being taken to the 43rd Precinct, he was transferred to Central Booking. As of Sunday afternoon, he remained in police custody.

"To go to a precinct and see your son, your junior, in handcuffs, it's heartbreaking," Peter told MTV. "Anytime you see your child in jail, in the cell, in handcuffs, it's very hard. He's walked down some of the same paths that I walked down, but you never want to see your kids go through what you went through."

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