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Father of 9-year-old rapper Lil Poopy investigated over videos

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:06 a.m. HST, Feb 27, 2013

BROCKTON, Mass. » A lawyer for the family of a 9-year-old Massachusetts rapper who appears in sexually suggestive videos is criticizing authorities' decision to investigate whether the boy is the victim of possible child abuse or neglect.

The boy who performs as "Lil Poopy," is a thriving, well-adjusted fourth-grader with a good home life, good grades and musical talent, attorney Joseph Krowski Jr. said Monday of client Luie Rivera Jr., who is of Puerto Rican descent.

"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 work. "...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."

On Sunday, Brockton police asked state child welfare officials to look into possible abuse after watching Lil Poopy videos following a feature story about him in local newspaper The Enterprise.

Police said Monday they haven't filed any criminal charges. A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman confirmed that officials are looking into concerns about the young Brockton rapper's welfare.

The investigation will include interviews with everyone who lives in the child's home and likely others who have contact with the 9-year-old, such as school officials, DCF spokeswoman Cayenne Isaksen said. Child welfare officials can refer the case to the local district attorney's office if an investigation finds any criminal behavior.

"The filers of this report wanted to make sure the child is being properly cared for," Isaksen said. "...So the department will look into all aspects of this."

The videos show the boy slapping a woman's buttocks, engaging in sexually suggestive dances and glorifying drug use and materialism.

The boy's father, Luis Rivera, told The Enterprise that his son is acting and not doing anything wrong.

The newspaper said Lil Poopy has performed alongside Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and was discovered in his father's music studio by the rapper known as French Montana, who founded Cocaine City Records.

Lil Poopy music that was posted to an online mix tape site last October has lyrics that include him singing about being a "bad boy" and a "cocaine cowboy."

It showed about 8,600 downloads and 195,000 views by Monday afternoon.

YouTube posts also feature the boy singing "Coke ain't a bad word," and show him with Coca-Cola.

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3ocean3000 wrote:
No, I think whoever watched it fully understands rap.
on February 27,2013 | 03:24AM
ufried wrote:
don't drive a mazzerati down the vegas strip and you should be fine young man...
on February 27,2013 | 05:49AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Lil Poopy...was discovered... by the rapper known as French Montana, who founded Cocaine City Records.

Well, isn't that just special. Such fine folk.

Oh well, I just read this article because I thought a story about Lil Poopy was about Abercrombie.

on February 27,2013 | 07:21AM
false wrote:
Hey you just might have something here. Lil Crombie?
on February 27,2013 | 11:15AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Obviously this man is not fit to be a father. Allowing his child to perform sexually suggestive moves and to embrace the life of a thug is not in the child's best interest. One would wonder what else this creepy father is condoning. That child is going through his formative years and it is being corrupted by his own father. Shame on him.
on February 27,2013 | 09:29AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
To allow the child to perform sexually suggestive moves and to emulate thugs is not responsible parenting. This father sorely in need of parenting classes. This child is in a very important part of his formative years and to have his father corrupt his young mind is just "no can".
on February 27,2013 | 09:32AM
false wrote:
The father is beyond parenting classes but this is the culture they live and which the boy will grow up in. Oh well.
on February 27,2013 | 11:16AM
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