After a local newspaper put a story about a 9-year-old rapper with the moniker “Lil’ Poopy” on the front page on Sunday, delving into his life of cash-holding, rear-end slapping, and rhyming, police decided it was worth investigating the child’s well-being and filed a complaint with the state.
But a lawyer for the young rap star says the pending investigation by the Department of Children and Families is “racially tinged,” and that it’s his client’s First Amendment right to perform and pursue his musical career.
“This is a really misguided waste of precious resources with racial undertones,” said Joseph Krowski, Jr., Lil Poopy’s Brockton-based lawyer.
Krowski told BostInno that after viewing videos of Lil’ Poopy online, a lieutenant from the Brockton Police Department filed a 51A complaint with the state’s Department of Children and Families.
He said that type of filing is usually reserved for children in “potentially abusive situations,” not for those rapping about money, jewelry and how “‘Coke is not a bad word,'” one of Lil’ Poopy’s catchphrases.
“Based on [the lieutenant’s] uninformed subjective opinion, they contacted the department,” said Krowski. “There are plenty of kids out there being malnourished … they need to concentrate resources on that.”
A spokesperson from the Department of Children and Families confirmed a complaint was received, and officials would launch an investigation.
The Brockton Enterprise featured an expose on Lil’ Poopy, a fifth-grader from the city whose real name is Luie Rivera Jr., which was accompanied with footage online of the aspiring rapper slapping women’s behinds and talking about being a “Cocaine Cowboy.”
BostInno first reported on Lil’ Poopy, who earns as much as $7,500 per performance and has hung out with the likes of P. Diddy and a crew called the “Coke Boys,” last month.
The story quickly went viral in the Boston-area, as people began discovering the young, up-and-coming wordsmith.
While Lil’ Poopy’s family insists that school comes first, and rapping is secondary, the supervision during their son’s video shoots and appearances doesn’t seem to be as strict.
However, while police didn’t find the videos appropriate, Krowski said it’s his client’s “First Amendment Rights” to rap, and Lil’ Poopy’s family doesn’t force him to do anything he doesn’t want to do.
“Whoever saw [the videos] doesn’t appreciate the art of rap. Lil’ Poopy is urban authentic. He is from Brockton and it’s the rap culture he is exposed to,” Krowski told BostInno. “He is a very talented performer, but abusiveness? That is absolutely absurd and ridiculous.”
Friends of the 9-year-old, who runs a Twitter account under the name @poopythedon, came to the rapper’s defense online, mocking the police for filing a complaint with the state this week.
Lil’ Poopy’s lawyer said despite what the young entrepreneur raps about, he is a good student in school, and also has other extra curricular activities.
Krowski told BostInno the case is a “non-starter” and suggested the department doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
“There is no crime being committed. Maybe there are things not everyone likes, but it’s not criminal and not abusive,” he said. “He just happens to have a God-given exceptional talent that he is using, and we aren’t going to have someone tell us that he can’t do what he loves to do.”