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February 26, 2013 permalink
Nine-year-old prodigy Luie Rivera Jr is under investigation by Massachusetts child protectors after appearing in several rap videos under stage name Lil Poopy. Two articles on the controversy are enclosed. One of his videos Pop That (Remix) is on YouTube or a local copy (mp4). Watch him slapping a lady's bum.
Lil Poopy’s dad: Claim of abuse is a bum rap!
The father of controversial 9-year-old hip-hop sensation Lil Poopy — who is under investigation for child neglect over the mini-rapper’s raunchy videos — told the Herald last night his son isn’t doing anything wrong: It’s all an act.
“I love my son, I adore my son,” a fired-up Luie Rivera said after Brockton police filed a 51A — child abuse or neglect complaint — against him. “He’s not doing anything wrong. He’s not doing drugs, he’s not drinking alcohol. There are other kids out there killing kids, doing drugs, molesting. He’s just singing hooks. He’s not hurting anyone.”
The Herald reported earlier this month that Poopy — whose real name is Luie Rivera Jr. — was starring in a series of YouTube videos featuring the fourth-grader rapping about cocaine, machine guns and groupies. He’s also been filmed partying with adult rappers in hotel rooms and grinding and slapping the butts of adult female fans.
Lil Poopy lives in Brockton with his mother and attends school every day. His distraught dad said it’s all just entertainment and he and Poopy are catching heat because it’s rap.
“The kid’s got talent, why are they so worried about him rapping?” Rivera asked. “Everybody’s got a dream. Muhammad Ali wanted to be a boxer. The kids on ‘American Idol’ want to do country or rock. He’s doing what he wants to do, you can’t knock him for that.”
But Brockton police aren’t convinced.
“We’ll be getting feedback from (the state). Whether it’s neglect or abuse, we’ll go from there,” said Lt. Paul Bonanca.
Cayenne Isaksen, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Families, confirmed the agency has opened an investigation, which typically includes interviewing family and any professionals a child is in contact with. She said the probe also will likely include a review of the videos.
On stage with his mentor, rapper French Montana, Poopy echoes his crass lyrics and brags about being a “cocaine cowboy.” He is a member of Montana’s Coke Boyz posse, and Poopy’s first single, “Pop That (Remix),” is a play on the controversy. The lyrics: “Coke ain’t a bad word, Coca-Cola. Coke ain’t a bad word. It’s only soda.”
The act went viral after Lil Poopy’s mix tape surpassed more than 10,000 downloads, and his videos more than 200,000 views. He is featured prominently in a video for French Montana’s “Shot Caller” with P. Diddy and Rick Ross, and he’s performed with other hip-hop heavies including Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill and Wale.
Brian Slay, Lil Poopy’s producer and the videographer who made the questionable flicks, said people are taking it all way too seriously.
“Hip-hop now is like the WWE — it’s all fake,” he said. “Back in the beginning, what you were rapping about you were really doing. Now it’s all an act.”
Boston rapper Slaine, who has toured the globe with his La Coka Nostra crew, sees it differently.
“I would never let my son enter this business until he’s old enough,” said Slaine, who has starred in “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone.” “It’s an adult business. It’s not for children.”
Source: Boston Herald
The original Boston Herald article is no longer available online. Here it is reconstructed from a copy by a blogger
9-year-old Brockton rapper is a "cocaine cowboy"
Lil Poopy rips into rap world
Boston’s newest hip-hop phenom raps about groupies and Gucci, machine guns, dead presidents and cocaine cowboys. In his videos, he rides in a Ferrari and slaps female fans’ butts. He’s a member of French Montana’s Coke Boyz posse and he’s been onstage with Diddy.
All pretty standard for an up-and-coming rapper, but Lil Poopy is only 9 years old!
“It’s controversial,” admits producer Brian Slay, who believes the Brockton fourth-grader has what it takes to make it to the top of the hip-hop heap.
“Honestly, the kid, he’s got everything: the looks, the swagger, the lyrics, the delivery,” he said. “I see him going really, really, really far in the music industry.”
And Poopy’s pop, Luie Rivera, pointed out that his son’s lyrics are “nothing that any kid can’t hear on the radio.”
“If you listen to his whole tape,” he said, “he doesn’t swear once.”
But when Poopy’s onstage with French Montana, he raps along to his mentor’s X-rated rhymes, brags about being a “cocaine cowboy” and uses some language that might get another 9-year-old’s mouth washed out with soap!
Lil Poopy’s first single “Pop That (Remix)” tackles the controversy head on. The lyrics: “Coke ain’t a bad word, Coca-Cola. Coke ain’t a bad word. It’s only soda.”
“What it means is, we’re not talking about dope … I know people think of it like that, but it’s just a label. A branding thing,” Slay said.
And it’s creating quite a buzz. Lil Poopy’s mix tape has more than 10,000 downloads, and his YouTube videos have more than 200,000 views. He is featured prominently in a video for French Montana’s “Shot Caller” with Diddy and Rick Ross, and he’s performed with other hip-hop honchos including Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill and Wale.
Still, Poopy’s dad insists he’s just a regular kid.
“He goes to school every day. He knows, ‘No school, no rappin’” he said. “His teachers love him; he’s a really smart kid. He still plays basketball and baseball. He was one of the best hitters on his team.”
A spokeswoman for the Brockton schools said Poopy’s principal told her the young rapper “is a really great kid.”
“He’s a good student and a really nice boy,” Jocelyn Meek told the Track. “And they treat him just like any other fourth-grader.”
As for that name, Rivera said his son, whose real name is Luie Rivera Jr., became Lil Poopy when he was a baby.
“He used to poop all over the place,” he laughed. “He’d poop, and while I was changing his diaper, he’d poop again.”
While he may not love the name when he’s 16, Poopy is fine with it now. He tells us he loves being onstage, and although remembering his rhymes is “pretty hard, after I practice it three times I remember.”
Meeting Diddy, he said, was “amazing,” although he can’t recall too many of the particulars because “it was a long time ago.” (He was 8.)
Lil Poopy said he hopes to keep rapping until he is Big Poopy. At which point, we hope, he takes a page from Diddy’s playbook and comes up with a new name.
Source: Jump the Turnstyle blog
Addendum: In April DHS announced they were dropping the investigation into Lil Poopy.
Addendum: But in May DHS is back for more.
The latest scoop on Lil Poopy
The parents of Lil Poopy are in deep doo-doo again.
The state Department of Children & Families yesterday confirmed that there is a new investigation into child abuse or neglect involving 9-year-old Brockton rapper Luis Rivera Jr., aka Lil Poopy, but an attorney for Poopy’s papa called the complaint “harassment.”
“It appears to be sour grapes over the way last investigation went,” said Joe Krowski Jr., the lawyer who represents Poopy’s father, Luis Rivera.
According to Krowski, the young rapper and his videographer Brian Slay were approached by Brockton Police after they pulled into a McDonald’s sometime after midnight earlier this week. The officer claimed he smelled marijuana in the car, Krowski said, but police searched the vehicle and found nothing and no charges were issued.
However, police said yesterday they referred the matter to the child welfare authorities.
“The Department has received a report on behalf of Luie Rivera Jr. and is investigating. We do not provide details about our investigations,” DCF spokeswoman Cayenne Isaksen said in an email.
Last month, the state cleared Poopy’s father of child abuse or neglect in connection with Poopy’s raunchy online videos. The Brockton police made a complaint back in February asking the state to investigate after cops reviewed the videos which featured the fourth grader rapping about cocaine and guns, slapping and grinding female fans’ butts, and partying with adult rappers.
Krowski said the latest situation “rises to absurdity,” but did acknowledge that Poopy, who had been rehearsing at a Brockton recording school, was out at about 1 a.m. — on a school night!
Source: Boston Herald