Killer Reese One, the lyrical half of Venice hip-hop duo King Fantastic, released a presser last month saying he was "taken into custody" by L.A. sheriff's deputies on February 3 -- but he won't say why.
When he was apparently released on February 10, the rapper Tweeted: "my official statement on the charges...i stole the mona lisa and sold it for meth. but honestly, respect game, i can't discuss it." And that was probably a good idea...
... as Reese now claims that prosecutors have been doing some serious online stalking. Around noon today, he announced: "WARNING: I just left court and they tried to admit 100 pages of tweets, FB post & lyrics, as evidence. protect yourself. know your rights."
Here's the original press release on his arrest.
Los Angeles, CA - On Friday, February 3rd, 2012, Venice Beach artist and rapper, Killer Reese One, of King Fantastic, was taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and is currently awaiting trial. The facts associated with the case are still being gathered.
During this time, King Fantastic have several projects that will be released including a new EP, single and video.
"We appreciate all the love over the last two years and hope to have your continued support during this difficult time." - Troublemaker of King Fantastic
All of the groups music and videos, which have been free for the last two years, will now be for sale, as well as all merchandise, including a 'Free Reese" t-shirt, available on King Fantastic's website: http://thekingfantastic.com/store
All the proceeds will go to "Free Reese."
All inquiries to email@example.com
The rapper has always listed his real name as Mauricio Rivera -- but try as we might, we can't find evidence of anyone with that name passing through a sheriff's station on February 3. The jailer at the the Marina del Rey branch of the L.A. County Sheriffs Department, the closest to Venice, says there's no record of a Mauricio Rivera being booked there. Or at any other station, for that matter.
Another Tweet from after Reese was released:
getting out and seeing all that #FreeReese shit felt good, but we had the same thing popping in '07-'08. i gotta stop going to jail. i'm 32.
— king fantastic (@kingfantastic) February 10, 2012
Indeed, it appears he spent some time at the North County Correctional Facility around that time.
And as for the frightening prospect of one's lyrics being used against them in court -- USA Today reported in 2006 that "the use of rap lyrics at trial is a tactic that has been embraced by prosecutors across the country in recent years. In cases ranging from small-time robberies to high-profile murders, investigators have discovered that the lead suspects are also wannabe rappers who have written ultra-violent fantasies about murdering and raping their way through life."
Like most rappers, Reese mentions stuff like gang crime, street violence, smoking pot, etc. in his songs. But nothing we can put our finger on as especially incriminating.
Here are a few of his group's Venice-centric, live-instrument-heavy music videos, many shot in and around L.A.'s most iconic beach hood (the first one featuring porn star Kristina Rose!):
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So, yeah. That's all we know at this point. We'll update on the trial details if we can get them. Because you certainly won't be hearing any more from Reese:
thekingfantastic.com i'm off here for a minute, before they piss me off and make me say something really wild and fuck myself.
— king fantastic (@kingfantastic) March 6, 2012