By Henna Kathiya
Talent has no age limit but in 9-year-old Luie Rivera Jr.’s case, his age is causing some controversy in the hip-hop community. After starring in a series of viral YouTube videos, his lyrics about cocaine and machine guns have raised some questions about his situation at home. His father, who is under investigation for child neglect, fired back a response stating that the racy videos are all just "an act."
“I love my son, I adore my son,” Luie Rivera told the Boston Herald after Brockton police filed a child abuse and 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 fourth grader mini rapper from Boston has been filmed partying with adult rappers in hotel rooms and grinding on older females. He has some pretty adult videos for his young age. Brian Slay, Lil Poopy’s producer and videographer compared his act to wrestling saying that the whole thing was just an act. “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.”
Lil Poopy’s father just wants his son to carry out his dream. “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.”
However the Brockton police aren’t buying it. They plan on continuing the investigation according to Lt. Paul Bonanca. “We’ll be getting feedback from [the state]. Whether it’s neglect or abuse, we’ll go from there,” he said.
There’s no denying this kid has got talent, considering French Montana is his mentor and is a member of Montana’s Coke Boyz posse. His first single “Pop That (Remix)” even pokes fun at the controversy. “Coke ain’t a bad word, Coca-Cola. Coke ain’t a bad word. It’s only soda,” are some of the lyrics he raps in the song. He’s also featured in a video for French Montana’s “Shot Caller” with P. Diddy and Rick Ross. Not to mention he’s also performed with hip-hop big names including Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill and Wale.