Los Angeles, CA – Before doing greater than 9 years in jail on expenses of kidnapping Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis on mob orders, Riley Perez was interwoven within the cloth of Hollywood’s illustrious nightlife. From Scott Caan to the Hilton sisters, who ultimately performed a component in his seize to a few of Hip Hop’s elite.
One of these elite people was the late nice Heavy D.
Perez, whose guide What Is Real? The Life and Crimes of Darnell Riley was launched earlier this month, recollects assembly the late MC/producer a few of his underworld connections and later forging a friendship rooted in a mutual love for boxing.
“I met [Heavy] within the 90s. One of his good pals is a man that I used to work for, Matty ‘The Horse’ Ianniello within the playing rackets. Matty being from New York, Heavy being from New York you may think about the various paths they’ve crossed, however Heavy cherished boxing, I grew up in boxing that’s one connection we saved all through our friendship,” Perez advised HipHopDX in an unique dialog. “He positioned bets however he wasn’t that nice of a gambler so he didn’t take it any additional than that.”
When Perez went away, the Overweight Lover was certainly one of few folks that might at all times reply when he known as. “When I used to be away I’d give him a name each couple of months simply to catch up and see what life was like on the skin and Heavy at all times took my name and talked shit to me about how silly I used to be,” famous Perez. “Heavy was actual easy, actual humble. Always there to assist out a pal and lots of occasions he did.
The former mob enforcer was locked up when Heavy D handed away again in 2011 however one story that fueled his motivation from that second on was a dialog the MC had with Diddy.
“Heavy and I used to jog by his place in Beverly Hills and he had simply booked The Tracy Morgan Show and he was telling me how he had simply known as Puffy and he was all excited that he had gotten a component on The Tracy Morgan Show and Puffy turned the desk on him and mentioned ‘What are you cheerful about that for? That’s peanuts. They handed you off a bit of one thing. Sean John simply made X quantity of this 12 months. Go on and do your personal shit,” remembered Perez. “They at all times had that aggressive vibe with one another they usually’d push one another. He was telling me that trigger on the time I used to be taking pictures a industrial on spec so it was his manner of letting me know that that is how our boys discuss to one another. Don’t be glad with a few pennies. Go for the large .”
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In the guide, Riley chronicles the darkish day-to-day lifetime of incarceration (together with a stint he did as Charles Manson’s neighbor). From race and gang politics to clandestine negotiations with the Corrections Officers Perez’s guide depicts a system that should change. Like Meek Mill (https://www.thefader.com/2018/08/15/meek-mill-prison-reform-wrongful-conviction-podcast) Perez noticed firsthand a system devoid of rehabilitation.
“It’s a damaged system. If you bought a system that’s been doing a set of issues for 50 years however the very same outcomes are popping out of it it hasn’t created a safer jail surroundings then it hasn’t created a safer society at massive,” mentioned Perez. “The full goal of jail is to guard society from people who have violated the regulation. The second goal is to guard these which can be in jail. The proliferation of avenue gangs and jail gangs, how the 2 join and the way the within and outdoors are interconnected. A big a part of it’s the jail officers who’ve caught with the identical design. Guy comes out after a ten-year sentence, was he given any alternatives to study a commerce? Was he given entry to rehabilitative packages? Those are subjects that should be consistently on the desk as a result of most people are gonna be launched from jail in some unspecified time in the future and what are they being launched to? What are their choices? If there aren’t any different choices one of the best one is what led them to jail.”
Perez hopes his story will serve for instance to assist others keep away from incarceration. He will likely be doing a guide studying and signing in Los Angeles Wednesday, September 26th at The Dime on Fairfax.