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 an element in his seize to a few of Hip Hop’s elite.
One of these elite people was the late nice Heavy D.
Perez, whose e book 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 buddies 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’ll be able to think about the numerous paths they’ve crossed, however Heavy cherished boxing, I grew up in boxing that’s one connection we stored all through our friendship,” Perez informed RealStreetRadio 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 one among few folks that may all the time reply when he referred to 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 all the time 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 good friend and plenty of instances 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 referred to as Puffy and he was all excited that he had gotten an element on The Tracy Morgan Show and Puffy turned the desk on him and stated ‘What are you content about that for? That’s peanuts. They handed you off somewhat one thing. Sean John simply made X quantity of this 12 months. Go on and do your individual shit,” remembered Perez. “They all the time 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 approach 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 massive .”
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In the e book, 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 e book 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,” stated Perez. “The full goal of jail is to guard society from people who have violated the legislation. The second goal is to guard these which can be in jail. The proliferation of road gangs and jail gangs, how the 2 join and the way the within and out of doors 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 be taught a commerce? Was he given entry to rehabilitative packages? Those are matters that must be always on the desk as a result of most folk 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 example to assist others keep away from incarceration. He will likely be doing a e book studying and signing in Los Angeles Wednesday, September 26th at The Dime on Fairfax.