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FDNY captain leads double life as anti-police rapper, sings ‘f#ck them cops’

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Captain Kaseem Ryan, 44 (L) performing anti-police themed 'Cold Facts' (L). Ryan with other members of FDNY (R). Credits Youtube, Facebook
Captain Kaseem Ryan, 44 performing anti-police themed ‘Cold Facts’ (L). Ryan with other members of FDNY (R). Credits Youtube, Facebook


A Brooklyn fire Captain’s second life as a hip-hop artist has surfaced, revealing anti-police lyrics, racial slurs and drug references.

44-year-old  Kaseem Ryan of Engine 235 in Brooklyn is also known by his stage name “Ka”, and has had collaborative works with the Wu Tang Clan’s GZA, according to the New York Post,

While Ryan’s albums have had modest success, his lyrics are often salted with drug references, violent undertones, racism and anti-police messages.

“F**k them cops and swats with night vision,” he raps in a 2013 song, titled “Cold Facts”. “I see your traps and your plots to dead us, y’all rolling with Kojaks, n***a, I got Beretta’s.”

Despite having won local awards for his music, Ryan tried to hide his double life to a great extent.

“I’m living two lives, man. I’m trying to be who I am in the day and then trying to feed my soul at night with being the artist that I want to be,” Ryan said in a 2015 interview.

In 2012, he tweeted: “Name 5 different slang words we refer to police in hip hop.” Responses included: jakes, pigs, swine, fuzz and them bitches. Ryan (as Ka) “liked” them all.

“You named them hustlers, killers, fiends, ex-cons. I called them cousins, aunts, pops, moms,” Ryan raps in“To Hull and Back.”

“The biases he portrays through his music are indicative of what he believes or feels,” said Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins. “As a New York City firefighter, he should be trying to bring people together rather than fracture relationships, especially in communities of color.”

Ryan would not talk to the Post when they called him at his place of work.

Of the songs Ryan has released, “Mr.Officer” is one of the more obviously-titled of his critiques, with lyrics like “Why do you wanna see me in a coffin, sir?”

Although he allegedly grew up living with 17 other people and few dollars to his name as a young man in Brownsville, Ryan’s life is much more comfortable now. He made $148,558 in FDNY salary alone last year- not including income from selling rec­ords, CDs and T-shirts on his Web site.

He and his wife, Michelle Valdez -chief creative officer for an entertainment firm founded by Pharrell Williams- own a $1.25 million home in nearby Park Slope.

Few of his fellow firefighters even knew he was a rapper.

“I had no idea he was doing that on the side,” one said. “He’s really not a bad guy. But he shouldn’t be bad-mouthing cops.”

 

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