Bronx, NY – C-Rayz Walz was once a prominent fixture in New York’s underground Hip Hop scene but hasn’t been as active in the last couple of years.
According to the New York City Department of Correction, he’s been locked up since December 13, 2019 on charges of felony rape. Inmate records show he’s expected at Bronx Criminal Court on April 15, which will likely be postponed due to the coronavirus. His bail was remanded by the judge.
C-Rayz got a shaky start early in life. Born Waleed Shabazz in 1975, the Bronx native’s father was murdered in a hotel room when he was only 2 years old, something that later became the inspiration for the 2003 song “Protect My Family.”
In an interview with MVREMIX that same year, C-Rayz explained how his father’s death impacted him.
“I was always socially dysfunctional, as far as not being able to deal with other kids having fathers,” he said. “I was mad jealous my whole life at cats who had fathers. A lot of elders, older black men helped me deal with it. By the time I was 12, I decided to look at it for what it was. I realized and felt that his spirit and energy was with me. His essence was here and I moved on from that.
“I’m saying, I’m still socially dysfunctional. That is why I over compensate with such great lyrics and great performances. That’s why I wish that a lot of cats would stop rhyming like this is some cool shit to do. This shit is not cool to do. People that rhyme are special people. They are not regular in this society.”
Since his 2001 debut The Prelude, C-Rayz has dropped numerous albums, including 2014’s Feel Me with Sallam Said.
Despite C-Rayz’s incarceration, he appears fairly active on Instagram. In January, he penned a heartbreaking post to his son, writing, “Peace Daddy. Where are You? I Haven’t Seen You since November. You Told Me What Happened, but Where Did You Go? I Need You Daddy. I cannot Live without You. I Need You to Take me to Karate.
“I Need You to Take me to Allah School. I Need You to take Me to the Juice Bar to see Musa. I Need to go to the Polo Mansion with You. I Need You to Patiently Help Me with my Homework. I Need to Play Marvel Dress Up with You. I Need You to Take me to school every Morning and Pick me up everyday.”
HipHopDX has reached out to C-Ray’z camp for comment.
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Peace Daddy. Where are You? I Haven’t Seen You since November. You Told Me What Happened, but Where Did You Go? I Need You Daddy. I cannot Live without You. I Need You to Take me to Karate. I Need You to Take me to Allah School. I Need You to take Me to the Juice Bar to see Musa. I Need to go to the Polo Mansion with You. I Need You to Patiently Help Me with my Homework. I Need to Play Marvel Dress Up with You. I Need You to Take me to school every Morning and Pick me up everyday. I Need to Kiss and Hug you 50x a day like We Always do. I Miss You so Much. It’s been Two months Daddy, Where are You? You haven’t FaceTimed Me or Come to See Me. I Know You are in Danger, but My Love for You Will Keep You Safe. I Approve of You. I Need You Daddy. I will be Lost Without your Love, Guidance, Nurturing, and Protection. You are My Father, without you I am in Danger like #ZymerePerkins. I Cry Every Day I am Away From You. Why Are They Trying to Destroy Me, Daddy? Why Are They Trying to Destroy Us, Daddy? I Will Protect You Because We Are One. I Promise We Will Get Past This. Nothing is Bigger Than Our Love. Our Bond is Stronger than the Lies and Evil Actions. Please Hurry Up and Come Home Daddy. I Can’t Live Without You. No Weapon Formed Against You Will Prosper. They Cannot Raise Me Because they Hate God. The Righteous Will Not Be Persecuted Against Evil. I Love You, Daddy. #Unbreakable #Fatherhood #FreeTheReal #FreeWalz