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Chopper Young City
Chopper was another memorable band member. He was known for his charm and cool, southern flow. Being that he was straight out of New Orleans, Chopper’s rise to fame happened around the same time Cash Money Records was doing big things. Many questioned what made him move toward Bad Boy, but in the end, he showed and proved that he was the perfect rapper to bring the dirty dirty to Bad Boy. Chopper was one of the lucky rappers Diddy kept under the label and signed him to Bad Boy South.
In an interview with Mighty Musik magazine, Chopper revealed how rap pretty much saved his life. “At age 15, I was arrested and sent to bootcamp. It was crazy ’cause it’s like, when I was down, everybody turned their backs on me,” he said. That was when he embarked on his rap journey. “I picked up a pen and pad and started writing the way I feel; I eventually got better. I hit the road to make a name for myself. I got word of this audition for a rap show in N.Y., so I went. Skipped the line and ended up in front of Diddy. The rest is history.”
Chopper admits that he tried to capitalize off the buzz surrounding Da Band. He went on to do the song, “Lil Daddy,” featuring Lil Wayne and Jody Breeze. He shot the video in his hometown New Orleans with no help from Diddy or the label. Once the buzz started building, Hurricane Katrina hit. Chopper lost his home, his mother lost her home, and his family was left without a lot. He told MTV,
When that happened, I didn’t get no phone call [from Diddy]. He didn’t call me and say, ‘Are you all right?’ He didn’t say, ‘I got these Sean John clothes and can make sure your family at least has clothes on its back.’ He didn’t do none of that. So at the end of the day, I felt played. That’s why I wanted to disband myself from the Bad Boy situation.
Once he was out of his contract with Bad Boy, he was soon in negotiations with Cash Money.
F**k Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne’s feature on the song may be the reason for Chopper meeting Baby. According to Chopper, Baby loved his music and flew his out to Miami to record. But once Lil Wayne caught wind of Baby and Chopper’s relationship, things went left. “I guess Wayne started getting jealous ’cause me and Baby was getting too cool or some sh*t; ’cause the n*gga flipped on me and started hatin’ like a b*tch!” Things went sour between Chopper and Cash Money and the deal was a dud. As of now, Chopper has no hard feelings towards Baby but we can’t say the same for his feelings towards Wayne. “Me and Baby still cool, but f**k Lil Wayne!” he exclaimed.
Chopper then went on to start his own label, M.O.E., but things took a quick left when he was caught in a whirlwind of trouble. In 2006, he was facing 90 years in prison for an armed-robbery charge that included two counts of first- and second- degree assault. In 2013, he was busted for simple battery, unauthorized use of a movable, and extortion, according to NOLA.com. While hanging out in Vegas, he was arrested after getting into a fight and was held on a fugitive warrant from Louisiana.
Today, Chopper is a father and is still making music. He, along with collective 1:00AM, recently released a video for a track called “Star.”
Who can forget the thumb-sucking, Florida native. Freddy was talented as hell, but there’s no doubt that his no-holds-barred attitude shined brighter. He had no shame in letting fans know he was from the mean streets of Miami and wasn’t going to take bullsh*t from anyone. Not even fellow band member Ness who was twice his size.
In an episode of MTB 2, Fred and Ness squared off in the middle of the living room floor. As their fight broke out, Freddy caught Ness in a headlock and wouldn’t let go. It got so bad, security and production crew members had to scoop in and break it up.
Surprisingly, Fred was thankful they broke the fight up in time. “I’m definitely glad people broke it up because I got a lot of love in me, but like, when I snap, it’s like a whole other Fred that comes out,” he said. But it was far from over. The two went head-to-head in the stairwell. This time, the team let them fight — until Diddy came and shut it all down.
After his stint with Da Band, Freddy tried to join Lil Wayne’s Young Money team, but that didn’t happen. Today, he’s still making music and maintains close relationship with Chopper.