Rapper Kodak Black arrested, Lil Wayne searched by cops at Miami festival
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on May 14, 2019
The Rolling Loud Music Festival celebrating global hip-hop artists in South Florida did not go so well for Kodak Black and Lil Wayne.
The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that Black was arrested Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The statement said he was charged with a crime in connection with weapons, but didn’t elaborate.
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne said on social media that he refused to perform after being subjected to a search by security personnel or police. It wasn’t immediately clear Sunday who had done the pat-down on the superstar rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
But here’s what he had to say on Twitter:
“To all my fans who came to see me at Rolling Loud, I’m sorry but I won’t be performing,” the post says. “The Festival Police (Not Rolling Loud) made it mandatory that I had to be policed and checked to get on the stadium grounds. I do not and will not ever settle for being policed to do my job.”
Lil Wayne has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. According to his Twitter post, he later performed at the Story nightclub in Miami Beach.
As for Kodak Black, whose current name is Bill Kapri and who was born as Dieuson Octave to Haitian American parents in Florida, this arrest is the latest in a lengthy rap sheet he has assembled at the age of 21.
Authorities say Black will make an initial appearance in Miami federal court Monday. Court records don’t list a lawyer for him.
Most recently, Black was arrested last month on drug and weapons charges as he crossed from Canada into the U.S. near Niagara Falls, New York. In Florida, he has been charged at different times with drug and weapons possession, armed robbery, sexual assault, probation violations and fleeing from officers.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Miami-Dade County police were also involved in his most recent arrest.