A Massachusetts nine-year-old rapper, Lil Poopy, has sparked outrage after the release of various adult-themed music videos and raps, prompting child welfare authorities to address the viral campaign.
Details on the controversial material and how local police were informed of Lil Poopy’s activities surfaced online Tuesday (February 26).
The child, Luie Rivera Jr., whose stage name is “Lil Poopy,” is seen in videos posted online, including on YouTube, smacking a woman’s backside, flashing wads of cash, riding in a Ferrari and rapping about how “coke is not a bad word.” A separate video shows the young performer in a nightclub with a dancing woman in a sexually suggestive position, with people in the crowd throwing cash. The Brockton, Massachusetts, police department contacted the state’s Department of Children and Families after receiving a call from a “concerned citizen” who saw the boy in videos featuring sexual themes and drug references. (CNN)
The child rapper’s father has reportedly stood behind the campaign and hired an attorney.
Brockton police said Monday they haven’t filed criminal charges or arrested Luis Rivera, the father of fourth-grader Luie Rivera Jr., who goes by the stage name Lil Poopy. “I find this absolutely absurd. I find it racially tinged. And I’m hoping that when their department takes a look at it, that this doesn’t go any further,” Rivera’s attorney Joseph Krowski said. A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman confirmed that officials are looking into concerns about the young rapper’s welfare. “If you watch the videos, there are absolutely no crimes being committed,” said Krowski. “He’s very adjusted, he gets good grades. He participates in extra-curricular activities. School always comes first. He just happens to have a God-given exceptional talent.” (WCVB)
Lil Poopy and his father reportedly have connections to Bad Boy rapper French Montana.
Does Lil Poopy — and what a swell name that is — need to rap about “hoes” and “coke” before he’s hit middle school? Or slap the butts of bent-over grown women in spandex? Or kiss and flash fat wads of cash wearing his “Coke Boys” T-shirt — or no shirt at all — while rapping, “Coke is not a bad word; it’s only Coca-Cola.” That’s his line, anyway, even though Lil Poopy was “discovered” in his father’s music studio by the rapper French Montana, who founded Cocaine City Records. And Lil Poopy calls himself a “cocaine cowboy.” How long before he’ll ask to sample the product? (Boston Herald)
Last summer, music video director Tyler Council defended six year-old Florida rapper Albert Roundtree Jr.‘s controversial “Booty Popping” visual.
“It’s supposed to be a joke, but I’d say about 30 percent of the people watching it find it funny,” admitted Tyler Council, president of Froze-N-Time Productions, which is based in Oakland Park. “But I still don’t regret it.” Council says he was commissioned to do the video by Albert’s parents, who hope their son becomes a rap star from it. They paid “peanuts”, he says without getting into dollar amounts, but he did the video because he needed a quick gig. “He’s just trying to imitate his idols that he hears on the radio,” says Council of Albert. “There’s no touching going on, there’s no drug abuse.” He uploaded the video to Facebook on Monday. It’s exploded since then, with Council expecting it will hit a million views by the end of the week. “Especially on the internet,” he says, “negative publicity is the best.” (Miami New Times)
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