Will Carjacking Charges Derail Kadillak Kaz's Hip-Hop Career?

With a deal with Snoop Dogg in the works, the rapper was about to hit hip-hop heaven. Now he faces decades behind bars. But is he guilty?

Will Carjacking Charges Derail Kadillak Kaz's Hip-Hop Career?

Kadillak Kaz spent most of his life in Santa Ana being that dude.

That dude you could buy weed from at 2 a.m. That dude with gang life written all over his face. That dude every hoodrat had a crush on. That dude who just might rob you. That dude who was good at shaking off haters but even better at getting in his own way.

That dude who could rap.

Behind the thick prison glass of a visitor's telephone stall in Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, his street-earned swagger is still visible, though noticeably deflated. A calm aura floats faintly over frayed cornrows and broad cheekbones accented with ink: a devil's pitchfork on the right, two teardrops on the left. The color in his skin is muted by the carrot-purée-colored jump suit. I was probably the last familiar face he'd expected to see on the other side of a jail phone at 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday; his eyelids had jumped a little as I came around the corner, a surprised smile sweeping across a scruffy jaw that hadn't been shaved in days.

"Ah, damn!" he says, laughing. "Hey, man! How'd you know I was here?"

His tone is hushed and raspy, but for someone potentially facing 23 years in prison, he seems surprisingly upbeat.

The last time I'd seen Kadillak was Oct. 12, 2012, the night before he was to perform at Sound Asylum, a quarterly hip-hop residency at Costa Mesa's Detroit Bar. We'd sat down for an interview at the Crosby on a dead night in downtown Santa Ana to talk about his forthcoming album, Late Nights, Early Money, which he'd planned to release in the coming weeks. Off the record, he'd told me he'd been ducking Orange County Sheriff's deputies for a little more than a month. Kadillak never showed up for the gig. Two days after that, he was arrested for carjacking and second-degree robbery.

Kadillak adamantly professes his innocence, insisting he simply got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend and boneheadedly parked her car down the street without telling her. On the one hand, there's no such thing as a guilty man behind bars. On the other hand, his story doesn't quite add up. He already has two felony strikes on his record. And what kind of innocent man runs from the law?

"What rapper really wants to end their show in handcuffs?" he says. "Even if it's temporary?"

But there's nothing remotely temporary about Kadillak's predicament. If convicted, he faces 23 years in state prison. Now he's that dude who almost became a famous rapper, only to have his dreams of flying high in the hip-hop world potentially scratched, chopped and screwed, his ultimate fate soon to be in the hands of a jury of his peers. His public defender has warned him the jury is likely to be all-white; he was told he looks the part of a carjacker.

But Kadillak insists he has no choice but to move forward.

"I just know I've come so far from where I was, and I'm too close to the life I've been hustling toward for years," he says. "If I go back to prison, I can't take it this time. It will break me."

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Three months ago, the rapper born Deron Hollins was closer than he'd ever been to being discovered. Kadillak was rubbing elbows with Snoop Dogg and had just begun negotiating a recording contract with his label, Doggystyle Records. He was putting out his third album, which had the potential to be more than just a street-level hit. After more than 15 years as a rapper and a life of hard knocks, drug dealing, multiple arrests and two convictions, things were starting to come together for him. The question is whether the 33-year-old rapper's hip-hop career breakthrough could be over just as it's about to start.

Kadillak's current predicament began on Oct. 15, 2012. At 2 p.m, he found himself behind the wheel of his new girlfriend's black Chevy Monte Carlo, which was being swarmed by cops. He'd just rolled up to her apartment complex in Mission Viejo to return the car so she could pick up her son from school. Before he'd even parked, his guts were churning in his stomach. Something in the back of his mind told him things weren't going to end well for him that day. Since September, he'd known he was a wanted man.

His arrest warrant stemmed from a phone call to Tustin police placed by an ex-girlfriend, who initially called them Aug. 16, after a public shouting match outside a friend's computer-repair business. Kadillak used to rent a suite across from the complex, a place he called Skyballin Studios, and still occasionally visited his friend. They argued over $3,500 she'd taken from his wallet the night before, shortly after she examined his cell phone and discovered he'd been seeing other women behind her back.

Though she returned a day later with the money, an argument ensued over the fact that the ex found one of Kadillak's female friends taking a nap in one of the office rooms at the repair shop. She ended up bolting out of the studio through the middle of the complex to hide out in an area near the rental office.

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jD_1981
jD_1981

DAYUUUUUM I'm not alone in how I feel about this shit right here. U would think U would figure it out with this much negative feedback!!! Damn homie?????? You think you GOT HELLA HATERZ, don't flatter yourself!!! U got REAL LIVE people who you've DONE WRONG!!! Fucked up part is, you've HATED on yourself so much, YOU ARE YOUR BIGGEST HATER! LMAO!  That's fucked up bruH!!!!

Veritas
Veritas

He will be back behind bars soon enough. Do you really think that a Rastafarian enlightened label owner is going to sign on a man who assaults and robs others to get by? That's not the rastafari way, that's not a decent human being's way. You don't deserve fame, this article is as big as you will ever get, and in it itself shows signs of your abominable life. This article is as big as you will ever get. Doubt it now, go ahead, but, as time goes on to prove my point you will see that the treacherous deeds of your life will eventually come full circle. 

justified
justified

umm you are just not worth responding to. i said my piece, you said yours. now skyball and redeem yourself for assaulting women and doing so many people bad!!! it's not hate bro, it's just real spit. 

beats4kaddy
beats4kaddy

and if u were mad cuz i got the cover....stay tuned---ur gonna commit suicide when "LATE NIGHTS, EARLY MONEY"

beats4kaddy
beats4kaddy

i can go on and on about u but i wont cuz its not just u...its a lot of people that hide behind computers or spread propaganda about me but thats nothin new to winners. all i can say is i hope that u find some peace within yourself....u all waste ur time tryin 2 step on me to elevate yourselves but all that does is confirm that u have not lived and experienced life yet...ill b the first to tell u that i am far from a saint...on the same token, i can also tell u im not the same man today that i was yesterday!!!! God took me through the bottoms and it was done because He has bigger plans 4 ME that U see and have seen since U first laid eyes on me, which is why u hate and go against me!!!!! so in essence, when u think about it...ur not really hatin on ME, u r hatin on GOD cuz this is his plan!!!! ponder that haters!!!!!! i bet that hurt more than me sayin "fuck u"or callin u the very bitch u r!!!!!!! #OW #NOWDATZSKYBALLIN

beats4kaddy
beats4kaddy

@cakeboisav lmbao!!!! u said it best bro!!!!! the cold part is, i really fuckin forgot his rap name----(cuz he's a nobody lol) until u just said it lmbao

cakeboisav
cakeboisav

You niggaz thought you was salty about the article....lol...you should kill yaself now...my nigga a free man...should show u not 2 speak on shit u don't know about, and don't wait til a person go to jail to show ur computer courage, thinkin its over, when u don't kno the facts...Truth Hurts & Justified ain't nobody stupid Cirius Deelux or whatever the fucc u call urself...go save the hoe and shut the fucc up...u a coward my nigga & a snitch...u have nuthin to say to nobody...now get off the next nigga dicc and worry bout that child support ya babymommma talkin bout..hahahahahahahaha...and wash ya dreads...yea we kno who u are, we know who u are

beats4kaddy
beats4kaddy

NAW....THEY DIDNT STOP ME, JUST GOT ME MORE FOCUSED!!!!! #SKYBALLIN

beats4kaddy
beats4kaddy

okay, im gettin around 2 this.....lets chat!!!!! there is always 2 sies 2 the story

justified
justified

not saying that it's justified at all but im just glad that my friend is healthy, happy, and far past this situation.  And to Kaddy - all i can say is, stay up bro - keep your hands off women. 

justified
justified

hmmm. he has a pretty poor track record with women. and he has a pretty poor track record with men. but everyone finds something good in everybody. so for those who support him, great, hopefully you stay supportive and true forever. but unfortunately, I know too much about what he has done in his past. I know Deron also. He has acted violently with women, one of my very good friends was victim to his assault. So on that tip - I can't really roll. But reading this article demonstrates how out-of-control his life has been. and all of the other factors that have contributed to some of his less than decent or manly behavior. 

Karma
Karma

This man is bottom feeding scum. Karma's out there and it's exactly what placed this incompetent and violent person in the cell he is in. 

Kadillakkazfan
Kadillakkazfan

@TruthHurts777  You are a bitch! I heard the whole story about you. Your just mad because your kids are calling someone else daddy!! haha continue to hate on Kadillak Kaz, its ok because he has more fans than haters and we will ALWAYS overpower you bitch ass haters.

cakeboisav
cakeboisav

@TruthHurts777 SNITCH ASS NIGGA...LOL,,, U A REAL BITCH BOY...WE ALL KNOW ITS YOU, YOU'VE BEEN CONFIRMED..

thonell
thonell

@TruthHurts777 ....how about you go and pay some dam chILd support yourself before you get you dumba@# online and start talkin ish!!! its funny how your on here running your mouth but yet was hiding in the bushes.....YOUR WEAK!!!! I actually grew up with deron. YOUR JUST ANOTHER JEALOUS EXHUSBAND MAD THAT YOUR WIFE GOT A REAL MAN, NOT A FAKE OC RASTA!!! btw do you still have lice? OR DID YOU FINALLY GET ACCESS TO RUNNING WATER TO BATHE YOURSELF??? HAHAH o yea, shouldnt you be online looking at porn right about this time, or trying to hook with women from the gym and USE THEM!!! YOUR A LAME-O!!!! WE ARE ALL LAUGHING AT YOU!!! MOMMAS BOY! GO HANG ON MOMMA TITTY SOMEMORE! BETTER YET GO GET A JOB AND PAY CHILD SUPPORT!!!!

TruthHurts777
TruthHurts777

Yes thats right I'm a Bitch, and you better believe it:)

tustinsmostwanted
tustinsmostwanted

**FREE KadillakKaz!!!

Fuck this fake ass fool @TruthHurts777...

I don't wish death or jail on anyone but REAL rapists and Child Molestors and I would put money on it that TruthHurts777 is in fact someone that "had it out" for Kadi.

@CakeBoi... Keep it 100. Kadillac deserves to be at the Top just where haters hate to see people like US. WE all know OC trumps up charges and allegations so I hope for the best in the end.

Oh yeah... Did I mention FUCK TruthHurts777, "You BITCH you!"""

TustinsMostWanted@yahoo.com

WWW.Facebook.com/FelonsInk

**Go ahead and check my credentials.

P.S. @TruthHurts777... Your profile is public and a quick use of a service, that shall remain nameless for the time being, I have revealed your true identity and I'm not shocked to see that it YOU really are just some idiot that learned how to read and write. Just because someone is 33 and doesn't own a car doesn't mean anything about a man's character. In YOUR opinion, which doesn't mean shit, you think that Car Ownership makes or breaks a man? What a complete Moron, and about "Leaching off women"... I can't speak on KadillakKaz's involvement with women whatever the motivs may be but I do know that it takes two to play and to each his own. Is it too much to believe that there are Women out there that are more than willing to compensate a Man for his time and companionship with gifts or necessities? No. Not at all. What happens behind closed doors is not to be seen or heard unless YOU were in the room. Some women let themselves be taken advantage of because of the deep inner need for attention whether it be possitive or negative attention. So who's to blame? Why isn't it the Woman's fault for suckering a Man into her life and then trying to ruin HIS life when she finds out she isn't the only one paying for a Man's Worth?

This could go on for days but when it comes down to it I don't think that the charges against KadillakKaz will stick and I will be waiting for his coming home party.

Oh yeah... @TruthHurts777 "Open your mind and you will truely be able to see" ... You Bitch You!

TruthHurts777
TruthHurts777

Kadillak Kaz..Deron q. Hollins..You have no idea who this guy really is.. you are only getting the glitter of everything.. U should know the man before you put out some sad story to glorify his bad choices he's made all his life. He deserves everything he's getting.. hes 33yrs old doesnt own a car no place to call his own... leaches off of women, moves from place to place.. abusing women and children.. coward. What he says about job in the bible...lol.. Job was a good man a loyal honest man.. Kaz is totally opposite he has the mark of the beast on his face.. hes a snake and he can't even rap..his song DRUGS rappin about all the drugs they are all on..who cares..tell us something we don't know..or inspirational.. he grew up in Lake Forest/el toro not just santa ana.. his story is a joke.. He is getting what he deserves.. his ex girl friends, they want nothing to do with him..thats why you couldnt get  them to do an interview..lol believe me i know.. Kadillak Kaz The Guy is a joke.. dont feel sorry for him..SMH

Karma
Karma

" No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."

-Buddha

I do hope when he is done serving his sentence he can begin a life of honesty without leaving a trail of sorrow, suffering and negativity along his way....If not he will just end up back in a cell....

cakeboisav
cakeboisav

@TruthHurts777 U Bitch ass nigga or Bitch, this story ain't for you to come throw your salty ass feelings up...you prolly the nigga who snitched on him or sum soggy ass bitch mad cuhz the nigga wouldn't make u his only,either way, if the man ain't shit n yada yada, why u take the time to write a negative comment? Knowing damn well you wouldn't tell em to his face...oh, you 1ne of them computer cowards, all this super talk on the net...continue to live ya life, why stop to write a book about a nigga u clearly don't know...how you expect blessings whn you're wishing jail on somebody and you don't even know their story or struggle, let alone the latest case...that's what wrong with people 2day...continue ur life "Computer Coward"

havywatson
havywatson

@cakeboisav Yes he's a great rapper and hopefully the jury will find that out..Every rapper has a past everyone of them..Its really sad he has someone that really hates on him this much to ruin his blessing..But i believe in karma alot so let karma get her im a meanie also im chucks wifee that red rum raps with so i know by reading that post yes its definitely a mad women..But i just wanted to say sorry and i hope he pulls through this drama yall are really good..Good luck to kaz..

 
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