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Rappers Future and Boston Richey hand out shoes and music video in Tallahassee

It’s a pretty normal thing to do in Tallahassee on a weekday – go to the mall, buy a pair of sneakers and then come home.

Local rapper Real Boston Richey has probably been through these moves many times in his life.

But Monday was different. Today, Richey is an up-and-coming trap artist, and when he went to the mall to buy some shoes, he brought along his friend, Future.

Future was recently hailed as one of the best gold and platinum rappers of all time. He has 21.2 million fans on Instagram and won a Grammy for Best Hip Hop Performance in 2019 for the song “King’s Dead.”

“It was crazy,” said Richey, who has 200,000 followers to him.

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Real Boston Richey sings and dances with friends and fans as he records a music video in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, August 15, 2022.

Richey, who shot to fame in 10 months, returned to his hometown to shoot a music video. At the Holton apartments on the south side of Tallahassee, after filming some scenes for his song “Bulls Eye”, he handed out food, $10,000 in shoes, clothes and a message.

“I love Tally,” he said. “We just have to come together and do better. We’re probably the best town in Florida, we just gotta get together.

There have been at least 82 serious shootings in Tallahassee and Capital County this year, leaving at least 57 injured and 13 dead, according to an analysis of gun violence by the Democrat.

Last weekend, two shootings injured three men and one woman.

“We need to keep the violence to a minimum,” he told the Democrat. “It’s not even my neighborhood, but there’s love here. That should show a lot of people that this isn’t where you’re from. you want to go.”

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Richey, whose song with hip hop artist Lil Durk has over 11 million views on YouTube, grew up on Ridge Road. The namesake rapper T-Pain also grew up in the same area and even titled a song after his old neighborhood.

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He’s a street product that’s had several run-ins with the law. As a teenager, after a series of theft and weapons charges, he was sent to prison at age 16.

Richey, 25, said he had had trouble-free years, until last week when he was a passenger in a car the Florida Highway Patrol caught traveling at 120 miles per hour near Capital Circle and Orange Avenue, records show.

Police found a loaded handgun, fake IDs and marijuana in the car, according to the report.

Richey, real name Jalen Foster, was arrested and charged with drug possession and carrying a concealed handgun without a license, according to the report. He was released on $2,500 bond.

Richey’s manager told the Democrat the gun was not his.

Real Boston Richey hands out shoes to children and families at Holton Apartments in Tallahassee, Fla. on Monday, August 15, 2022.

“If you look at his track record and what it might reflect, that’s not him,” said his manager, King Watson. “He was in trouble as a kid, just trying to find his way.”

Watson said growing up in Tallahassee as a black kid at 15, 16, it’s easy to fall into the idea that all you need to do is make money, and that the way to easiest way to make money is to resort to crime.

The new arrest left Richey depressed. He said he had friends he loved and it hurt him to avoid them, but he knew that if he hung out with them, he might feel the urge to make the wrong decision.

“If we’re going to be positive, if we’re going to make music, if we’re trying to get everyone to a better lifestyle, everyone has to be ready to change,” he told the Democrat. “Otherwise you must watch from the stands until your decision is made.”

Monday’s competition will not be the last. Richey, who now lives in Miami, wants to share his success with the city.

“We could have shot this video anywhere, but he made sure we shot it in Tallahassee. We shot it in the projects,” Watson said.

Shoes, clothes and hugs

The news spread quickly on social media and people shared videos on Instagram of the two rappers walking through the Governor’s Square mall, shopping for shoes and hanging out in the Section 8 apartment complex.

Richey and Future stood on the metal stairs of the Holton Apartments and posed for photos between takes of the music video. Richey’s music video for the remix of his song “Bulls Eye”.

Future left after shooting his verse, but Richey stayed. In between, he was handing out Styrofoam boxes of chicken wings, chatting with people and giving them hugs.

Then he jumped into the back of a U-Haul full of shoes and clothes and started handing them out.

“Six and a half!” Richey’s manager shouted with arms raised. Watson then handed the box of Nikes to the nearest person.

Real Boston Richey sings and dances with friends and fans as he records a music video in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, August 15, 2022.

For Richey, returning to the Holton Apartments meant something to the locals who remembered him as a child.

“He’s a real one,” said Nene Blanco, who went to school with Richey’s sisters. “Nobody else came back and gave the kids shoes and clothes like him.”

A Tallahassee Police Department spokesperson said 400 to 500 people were at the apartment complex to see Future and Richey. The TPD was sent after multiple complaints about loud music and people blocking the entrance to the apartment complex.

TPD officers helped ease traffic congestion and issued no traffic or trespassing citations, a spokesperson said.

Real Boston Richey shows off his channel as he records a music video in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.

Remembering his cousin

Miya, 19, has lived at the Holton Apartments for four or five years. The Lively Technical College culinary arts student was able to take a video selfie with Future as he made his way through the crowd on Monday.

She said she was proud of Richey.

“Honestly, I’m in shock, especially when he released Future, like oh my God, of all people, he released Future,” she said.

Everyone around her was smiling, she said. It was a nice change from the violence the community has experienced.

In 2015, Richey’s cousin, Devaris Bass, nicknamed Slugg, was shot and killed. Slugg, who taught Richey how to rap, was his mentor.

“I feel like since he definitely grew up in that kind of environment, we all grew up in that violent environment, I feel like he’s doing a good thing trying to change it. “, she said.

Tia Webster said she’s known Richey since they were 14. They used to hang out together every day. When his cousin died, it hit him hard.

“I feel like he lives for Slugg,” Webster said.

Real Boston Richey sings and dances with friends and fans as he records a music video in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, August 15, 2022.

“Less violence, more music”

After distributing the shoes and clothes at the Holton apartments, Richey needed a break before his next stop – another scene for his video shoot at the “Kelly store”.

He took time to relax at his mother’s house before heading to M&K Foodmart on Springhill Road, across from the Tallahassee Community Release Center.

After arriving at the store, his music started blaring from the back of a white SUV, the trunk stacked with black and white speakers.

Richey stood in front and rapped in his words for the video, at one point pulling out a suitcase of cash and sitting on the hood of his car.

His friends in Tallahassee, from before he was famous, rapped with him and knew all the words.

“If you get everyone on the same page, there will be less shootings, less murders, less violence,” Richey told The Democrat. “That’s what we’re working for this year, less violence, more music.”

Contact Ana Goñi-Lessan at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @goni_lessan.

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