The father of infant rapper Lil Poopy has reportedly been cleared of abuse this week after taking in heat for his son rapping about adult-oriented content including women and coke.
Details of the legal victory surfaced online early Friday (April 5).
Brockton police filed an abuse and neglect complaint against the 9-year-old rapper’s father, Luis Rivera, in February, saying that letting the fourth-grader rhyme about cocaine and risque themes amounted to abuse. “The Department did not find evidence to support the allegations of abuse or neglect,” said a Department of Children and Families spokeswoman. The family’s lawyer, Joseph Krowski Jr., called the decision “complete vindication. … They knew this was going to be the outcome,” Krowski said. “They were just a little annoyed the government got involved to the extent that it did. “If that’s their finding, that’s the end of it,” said police Lt. Mark Porcaro. (Boston Herald)
A couple months ago, Bad Boy Records rapper French Montana denied having a business association with the nine-year-old hip-hop artist.
“Hell no!,” French said in an interview when asked about Lil Poopy being signed to Coke Boys. “Nah man, Lil Poopy was never signed to Coke Boys. Lil Poopy was just, you know, sometimes you have a little kid that’s around, he’s jumping around, doing this and that, he’s doing the most, it’s like, ‘Come on little man,’ you’re playing with him. But nah, you know I’m not gonna put somebody nine-years-old on Coke Boys. Hell no. Nah. And if he was, I wouldn’t tolerate no little kid, nine-years-old going around, doing all that. Nah. Yeah. So I never signed him. Nothing. Sometimes they’d come around the shows and I like the little kid, so he’d be around playing. But I’m not telling him go into that [recording] booth.” (Power 99 FM)
Earlier the same week, Poopy and his father caught heat over putting out inappropriate adult-themed music videos.
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)
Despite the dicey content, the little rapper’s father stood behind their 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)