An aspiring rapper who was shot multiple times in a violent North Hollywood home robbery said he believes the shooting was instigated by him showing cash and jewelry on their social media accounts.
Known as “Wakko the Kidd,” the rapper and his sound engineer were returning home late September 1 from a recording session when, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, they were attacked by at least one armed suspect in the 11100 block of Califa Street.
No arrests were made in the attack and LAPD officials declined to say what was taken in the robbery, but the local entertainer told KCBS-TV Channel 2 he believed it was were possibly his videos and photos showing money, cars and jewelry. makes him a target.
Wakko the Kidd is often seen in music videos on YouTube holding thick stacks of cash in his hands, standing next to expensive cars, or bragging about cash in lyrics like claiming his “paycheck like Dubai” – standard bragging seen in most industry videos. In a video posted to his TikTok account, someone is seen dropping $100 bills through the backseat of a car window and onto a crowded sidewalk.
Just weeks before the robbery, the rapper posted a video on his YouTube account claiming he had spent $80,000 on a jewelry chain from Dumoni Jewelers, a company that specializes in custom jewelry, including grills — or jewelry worn on the teeth.
“And you know he did the grilling, and you know he did the watch,” Wakko the Kidd says to the camera while showing off the gem-encrusted jewelry.
The rapper and a rep did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Wakko the Kidd told KCBS he was shot six times.
“A bullet went through my back, went right through me and out of my stomach,” he said. “A bullet went through my stomach and out of my back.”
The LAPD said the rapper’s friend was also shot multiple times and both men were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Investigators found several shell casings on the ground when they responded, and bullets had passed through the vehicle and Wakko the Kidd’s house, police said.
“It’s upsetting and frustrating to live in a world where you can’t have nice things without looking over your shoulder,” he told KCBS.
Law enforcement officials said they have seen an increase in the number of so-called “home tracking” robberies, particularly incidents targeting celebrities and high-end restaurants over the past year. In November, the LAPD announced the creation of a new task force to combat this disturbing trend.
According to LAPD crime statistics, robberies are up about 18% so far this year compared to the same period in 2021.