Controversy Over Dallas MC Steve Austin’s Military Service
Some controversy has arisen over Dallas rapper — Steve Austin the Bioniq MC — and his service in the Marines. According to the Dallas Morning News, the Marine Corp Times first raised the issue on April 25 after receiving a press release about the rapper’s new album, 800lb. Gorilla, which mentioned his military career. According to the Marine Corp Times, the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis has no record of Austin ever serving in any branch of the military. When the News asked him to respond to the allegation, he refused to elaborate and said “I’ve done nothing illegal.” Austin’s publicist, Bridgette Cush, acknowledged that there seems to be a “discrepancy” with regard to her client’s service. “I can tell you there’s a direct association between Steve Austin and the Marines, but that’s as much as I can say,” Ms. Cush told the News. “I don’t want to get into an all-out battle between what part is the discrepancy and who’s responsible for it.” In a prepared statement released last Friday (May 4) Cush stated, “Steve Austin is a hero, regardless of his military past or any decision he chooses to exercise in not further elaborating on it.” Austin’s Dallas based label, YMC Records, also said in a statement: “as a small record label with limited resources, we were unable to confirm the accuracy of his biographical data.” The rapper’s single “Bussa Move” with fellow Dallas MC Tum Tum, is currently at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart.