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?

Though his parents fought quite a bit when Paul was around, other dangers in the neighborhood also played a role in Kadillak's troubling, violent behavior. At age 9, he says, he and a couple of friends were molested by a neighbor after being lured into the home on several occasions, something he kept hidden from his family until he was 18. "I knew my father would kill him," he says, adding that a need to prove his manhood at an early age led to him getting in a lot of fights, as well as frequent run-ins with the law on drugs and weapons violations.

Eventually life in the streets led him to join the Gangster Disciples, a notorious street gang based in Chicago that migrated to Orange County in the early '90s. Areas of Tustin and Santa Ana had become their stomping grounds. The pitchfork tattoo on Kadillak's right cheek, which he got when he was 26, is a sign of his allegiance, though he says he's no longer active in the gang.

Despite the chaos, music was the one sturdy linchpin that kept him centered. A performer since childhood, he remembers laying down cardboard on street corners and doing back spins to the beats of Melle Mel and Slick Rick before neon track suits were replaced by sagging jeans and his rap tastes changed to Scarface and E-40.

At 13, after he'd already racked up several trips to juvenile hall, Kadillak's mother relinquished her custody of him, and he became a ward of the state of California. He toured various foster homes until his aunt Teresa took him to live with her in Irvine for a little more than a year. Though it was only miles from where he'd grown up, the manicured lawns, chain coffee shops and abundance of white people left him with mild culture shock. He had the awkward distinction of being one of the only black kids at Woodbridge High School. After he exchanged punches with another student, whom he says taunted him with racial insults, he was expelled for fighting.

Meanwhile, he joined with rappers Ariano and Melee Sage, both of whom are still active in OC's hip-hop scene, in a group called Righteous Vicinity. Though short-lived, the teens hustled hard to open for such huge names as Ice Cube, West Side Connection and Too $hort at venues including the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. Then came the assault charge, the rape allegation and six-and-a-half years in state prison. When he got out in '06, it was time for Kadillak, who wasn't familiar with the portability of Pro Tools, to find a studio.

He located an office for rent in a nondescript business park in Tustin designed for accountants and third-rate mortgage companies. Kadillak christened it Skyballin Studios, a moniker he'd hatched with a neighborhood friend. With the name came an uncharacteristically holy slogan: "We're Just Tryina [sic] Touch Jesus' Feet One Time."

"I heard that, and it just sounded like the realest shit ever to me," Kadillak says, "because in the end, that's all I'm asking for: just a blessing."

He found an investor in a local businessman who made his money selling weatherproof TVs. But after giving Kadillak the startup money and an advance on a new Escalade in exchange for a percentage of the recording business, the investor backed out, citing a massive gambling debt he'd previously neglected to mention. Suddenly, setting up the new studio became a solo venture, one Kadillak frequently financed with drug money. Despite releasing lots of projects, including his own mixtapes, and saving on rent by living at the studio, he had no choice but to shutter the place in 2008. But the mission and the motto of what he'd started never left his brain.

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It's not exactly a typical place for a local, hip-hop, album-release party, but inside an exotic-car dealership in Costa Mesa, a fleet of rare sports cars, a waft of blunt smoke from outside and the slamming of 808 drum-machine beats bouncing off mirror-covered walls add up to one thing: a rap video in the making.

It's well past sundown on Jan. 18, and this soiree is in honor of South County rapper Epademik's latest release. Shouts and laughter compete with the soundtrack inside the small showroom. Bright fluorescent light reveals packs of local MCs, bleary-eyed hip-hop heads and a smattering of females laughing, drinking and swarming around aluminum catering trays filled with Mexican food. DJs take turns spinning vinyl sets of West Coast gangsta shit. Pretty much everyone in the room knew Kadillak at one time or another; there are some who don't know for sure whether he's locked up but assume he is because he has been gone for a few months at such a pivotal time in his life.

One guy in the crowd seems to command his own orbit on the dance floor; he paces in the middle of the room, sipping vodka drinks and checking his cell phone. With a husky, 6-foot build, quiet demeanor and a scar over his left temple, he cuts an imposing figure under the buzzing, fluorescent light. Epademik tells me it's a Compton rapper—43-year-old Don Cizzle, a.k.a. OG Cuicide, a certified "street reputable" who, in addition to knowing pretty much everyone in West Coast rap, is a gang banger-turned-motivational speaker.

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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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