A New York City fire captain found himself in the flames after it was discovered he’s living a second life as an anti-police, pro-violence rapper.
Kaseem Ryan was outed by the New York Post on Sunday as a rapper with the stage name Ka, and the lyrics he raps won’t be welcomed by the NYPD he serves alongside.
“F- -k them cops and swats with night vision,” he raps in his song “Cold Facts,” from 2011. “I see your traps and your plots to dead us, y’all rolling with Kojaks, n- - -a, I got Berettas.”
The 44-year-old, who runs Engine Co. 235 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, released an album “The Night’s Gambit” in 2013 that made “The Village Voice’s” list of best albums.
In an interview two years later he admitted he was living a double life but didn’t mention that he was a firefighter.
“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,” he said.
Feeding his soul by bragging that his family members are criminals in his 2014 song “To Hull and Back.”
“You named them hustlers, killers, fiends, ex-cons. I called them cousins, aunts, pops, moms,” he rapped.
Or in his song “Mr. Officer” where he asks “Why do you wanna see me in a coffin, sir?”
On Twitter, under the handle @BrownsvilleKa where he has more than 12,000 followers, he asked his fans to name slang words used for cops in rap songs.
Responses included, pigs, 5-0, swine, fuzz and bitches. Ka liked every single one of them.
“The biases he portrays through his music are indicative of what he believes or feels,” Sergeants Benevolent Association Ed Mullins, told the Post.
“As a New York City firefighter, he should be trying to bring people together rather than fracture relationships, especially in communities of color.”
Ryan talks a tough game in his songs but apparently that toughness ends when he is confronted. He hung up on the Post when it reached him at his firehouse and asked for comment.
He makes $148,558 a year as a fire captain, according to the Post and he and his wife, Michelle Valdez, who works as a chief creative officer for an entertainment firm that rapper Pharrell Williams founded, own a $1.25 million home.
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