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[February 26, 2013]
Father of 9-year-old rapper Lil Poopy investigated over videos
Feb 26, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- When the 9-year-old rapper Lil Poopy refers to himself as a "Coke Boy" on an official remix of French Montana's hit "Pop That," you might think the young MC is alluding to his favorite fizzy beverage.
Alas, the rap-scene double-entendre is intentional -- and the child MC's tawdry music videos have landed his father in hot water with Massachusetts authorities, according to the Enterprise News in Brockton.
Lil Poopy, born Luie Rivera Jr., was given his rap nom de guerre as a reference to the fact that he was an infant just a few years ago. But don't let the boyish grin deceive you. Poopy's videos can compete with anything by Rick Ross or Lil Wayne for glorifying the trap-star life.
In his clips, Poopy is seen spanking video vixens, riding in Ferraris and boasting of his (fictional, we hopefully assume) prowess in the drug trade and exploits with ladies.
This all might have been passed off as a cheeky home movie prank, but Poopy has become something of an actual Internet star after being championed by French Montana, sharing a stage with P. Diddy and performing with his own Coke Boys posse.
His all-too-savvy knowledge of rap excesses has led local authorities to lodge a complaint against his father, Luis Rivera, alleging child abuse or neglect, according to the Brockton paper.
"It's a bit much for a 9-year-old. It warrants the attention of the Department of Children and Families," police Lt. David Dickinson said Sunday afternoon, according to the Enterprise News.
Rivera's attorney, however, told Time magazine that the investigation was race-based (Rivera Jr. is of Puerto Rican descent) and rooted in the public's misunderstanding of rap culture.
"This is just what I would call a racially tinged investigation because whoever watched it probably doesn't understand rap," Krowski said of his client's videos. "This isn't some child left alone that's not going to school. It all comes down to content in the videos, which is protected by the First Amendment." Rivera also told the Boston Herald that Poopy's exploits were harmless fun and that they were not coming at the expense of his schoolwork. "He goes to school every day. He knows no school, no rappin'. His teachers love him. He's a really smart kid." ___ (c)2013 the Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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