Philadelphia Firefighter Suspended Over Anti-Police Lyrics, Dismissal Likely

cal-akbar.jpgPhiladelphia firefighter Rodney Jean-Jacques, also known as rapper Cal Akbar, has been suspended over anti-police lyrics in one of his songs. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers announced yesterday (April 30) that Jean-Jacques’ suspension would go into effect at 2:15 that afternoon, and it was likely that he would eventually be dismissed from his post. “Commissioner Ayers deeply regrets that anyone was offended by the lyrics, especially our important 1st responder partners, members of the Philadelphia Police Department,” the statement read. The controversy arose over a particular line in one of the rapper’s songs in which he rhymes “I got a surprise for them cops. I hope the news is taping this, ’cause I’m gonna turn those pigs into bacon bits.” After an outcry from the Fraternal Order of Police and a condemnation by Akbar’s own fireman’s union, he was asked to apologize, but apparently refused to do so. At the time, Philly Mayor John Street and Commissioner Ayers promised an investigation. Ironically, Jean-Jacques received widespread praise in 2005 when he wrote and performed “Take It Outside,” a song meant to teach fire prevention and safety. The song was widely promoted by the Philly Fire Department and was even featured during the broadcast of a Philadelphia Eagles football game.

  • HAHA

    HAHA DUMB ASS.

  • becclocc

    wut tha hell happen ta free speech this is straight bs

  • Dade County 305

    GET A LAWYER RODNEY!!! THIS IS AMERICA SO HE CAN SAY WHAT THE FUCK HE WANT. NWA-FUCK THA POLICE,2LIVE CREW-TALKIN BOUT FUCKIN,SUCKIN,ETC. THEY BOTH BEAT THAT SHIT BECAUSE OF FREE SPEECH.STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS RODNEY!!! TAKE THEIR ASS TO THE BANK BROTHA.

  • http://www.myspace.com/cordearo Duro

    i agree what the hell type of shit going on when you get fired cause of your raps? thats lame as shit!

  • Nelson

    he should be able to say wwhat the fuck he whats to say

  • Dr Flav

    Thats right brother, you dont have to apologize for your art! They was kissing your ass in 05, now they want to bitch up. I know they lovin your last name, Akbar. Ice T said it best, “freedom of speech, just watch what you say.”

  • ralph

    LAME! Yes you can say wut you want, but watch what you say, dummy, you work for the law (firefighting is still part and parcel of keeping the city safe) so how you gon switch character. I foyu aint cool wit the popo then switch or quit. You gotta come in contact with cops almost everyday as partners in corps or know some from like routine…why dont you do them in then instead of all the publicity stunts…wax gangsters..shock ones. As for all ya’ll supporting him on this, when he losses the court case (if he is even heard) and he drops his album i know ya’ll aint gone buy (instigating mofos).

  • Understand this

    Same old Shit. Go To MusicIburn.com Download your Music And or start your own store get a new side husle

  • Dade County 305

    RALPH, I GUESS THEM CRACKERS GOT U2!!! WE KNOW THIS CAT HAS TO WORK WITH THE POPO AND SHUT. BUT CANT FIRE A MAN FOR MAKIN A RAP SONG ABOUT THEM. I GUESS HOLLYWOOD CANT MAKE NO MORE TRAING DAY MOVIES HUH! SO WHAT IF HE’S A FIRE FIGHTER. ITS CALLED FREE SPEECH. NO MATTER HOW U SPIN IT. WE ALL KNOW THERE R BAD COPS OUT THERE. I THEY THEY’RE MORE GOOD THAN BAD THO!!! MY SISTER A COP AND WE TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE BS THE PEOPLE DONT GET TO KNOW.

  • jada

    IT’S HIS OPINION N IT’S A FREE COUNTRY SO D CAN JUS LEAVE IT,HE CAN GET A NEW JOB

  • http://myspace.com/dakingfromnp24 Dre

    what a dickhead