Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul Handcuffed and Detained in St. Louis: "Typical Police Bullshit"

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Screenshot from Instagram video on the scene.
Joey Bada$$ and Ab-Soul, two of the rappers hitting St. Louis tonight as part of the Smokers Club tour, were handcuffed and detained by police last night while walking through their hotel's parking lot to the tour bus. Early reports suggested the two had been arrested (presumably for marijuana), but new details emerged today that they were merely briefly detained.

"The show is still on tonight in St. Louis," rapper Statik Selektah said today in a statement to HipHopDX. "That was some typical police bullshit."

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"No one is in jail," Selektah continues. "The cops were profiling because Joey and Ab were walking through the hotel parking lot to the bus. I was inside the hotel working when it happened, but by the time I came out, the cops were gone and the hotel security told me how it was bullshit."

A brief video was made of the arrest by Instagram user d0eburger. In it, a clearly amused Joey Bada$$ laughs at the cops, asking, "Have you figured out why I'm in these handcuffs? Have you figured it out? Yo, they don't know why I'm in these handcuffs."

The Smokers Club tour kicked off on October 17 in Providence, Rhode Island, and will conclude November 30 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tonight's show at the Pageant will go on as planned (watch for RFT Music's review of the concert tomorrow).

Check out the video of the incident below.

Update: The Instagram video has been removed, but it's resurfaced on YouTube:


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Dale Cox
Dale Cox

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Dennis Seiter
Dennis Seiter

They are dressed like they are going to church, why would they be stopped for anything? Idiots.

Lance Broussard
Lance Broussard

at least it wasn't someone with talent.. LoL j/k sucks that cops do that shit

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

musta been tired of hanging out at the local donut shop

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

DENIAL is soooo convenient for some folks

Raychull Fiërce
Raychull Fiërce

Why the hell are you guys even doing stories about the pageant? Rarely anything ever good goes on at the pageant. There music choices suck, they have no real juice or local support other than being a venue and have the shittiest laziest staff of a venue I've ever scene also aka who cares about rapers? Everyones a rapper just like all pretty girls are models. How about some POSITIVEE stories RFT? or even better stories and pictures in the EDM community that has a heavy STL local support. Instead of out of town rapers. POSITIVE STL EDM LOCAL

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Have to agree, in the future they will figure out smoking weed is bad for you, just like cigarettes. If they make it legal there will be more studies done.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

This is exactly why I say 'opinion' doesn't matter, and 'fact' does. I'd simply say that the scientific method is our only tool of gaining any objective knowledge on the matter. Furthermore, it doesn't take an genius for someone to understand that 'smoke' of any kind is a negative for your body. The people who've actually studied this applying the scientific method disagree with you. You have whatever masses of moron's you can... Numbers are not the hallmark of truth. When the above study said, "5 times more carbon monoxide in their bloodstream", it wasn't based off an opinion -- but an objective measurement that is TRUE. A FACT. 'Feel' however you like. P.S. look at all the studies in YOUR link. They all substantiate what I've said from the beginning. Deal with it.

Michael Viviano
Michael Viviano

Black young men aren't the only ones that front like thugs. There's white young men, Mexicans, Asians and so on that do it as well. I don't live that life, but I understand that on the street it is necessary so you don't look like, well, a pussy and get your ass beat or stabbed. On the other hand, the police are going to look at you like you're a criminal. This problem isn't getting better until we get social justice.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Racial profiling in Missouri? NO WAY!

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

You have no idea what you talking about.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

You're talking about one study among numerous. There are already studies that have been released that go exactly against what Richard Beasley state. If you havent realized yet, a "peer reviewed" study doesnt necessarily make it true. There are things called corporations, and they tend to fund pharmaceutical companies for personal gain and profit. Once again, you're arguing something you can't prove, yet more people agree with me and everything I'm saying, and I'm in the wrong? Sounds like someones a bit nutty.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

What's that like??? I mean, when your own link makes a fool of you... Do tell?

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Let me stop your dumbass right here, and give you a link from the very people you linked me with earlier. "Cannabis smokers end up with five times more carbon monoxide in their bloodstream (than tobacco smokers)... In the near future we may see an 'epidemic' of lung cancers connected with this new carcinogen. And the future risk probably applies to many other countries, where increasing use of cannabis among young adults and adolescents is becoming a major public health problem." Jan. 29, 2008 - Richard Beasley, MBChB, DM, FRACP, And, when you read these so-called pro's and con's, recognize the difference in the title between an opinion piece, and a scientific study. Published scientific studies count, opinions don't. Almost every 'con' comes from an opinion, not from an actual study they did... Notice the difference. It's a matter of life and death. http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000234

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Not over my head. It's that you fuckers don't like the truth. Sorry I can argue for drug legalization on my own selfish moral terms, and that you must use 'others' and 'results' as a criteria for what's your rights. Worse, the majority of others you point at are usually mindless numbnuts, and the results don't support the gap between existing treatments by any stretch of the imagination... And, you continue down a road of whim-worshiping uncertainty as to how you can ever really justify your goal. That's your contradiction. Not mine.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Including doctors and scientists. Buddy.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

You're just too stupid to research anything for yourself apparently. Think about the stupid shit you're saying. CANCEROUS CIGARETTES THAT HAVE ATTRIBUTED TO PROBABLY MILLIONS OF DEATH SPECIFICALLY THROUGH INHALATION, next to a plant that there are no recorded deaths for, EVER. You're gonna keep arguing your stupidity whether you think I'm right or not, and I'm gonna keep stating things off of the basis that I have researched for probably over 8 years myself from a collection of scientific institutions and studies. So I could give a fuck whether you think you're right or not either way, you're some random dumb ass with an opinion that has yet to prove a single thing he's said himself. At least I have evidence backing my statements and thousands of people that would laugh in your face if they could read your stupidity right now.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

WHAT PART OF INHALING SMOKE don't you understand. It's the fucking SMOKE. The vast majority of people who use weed SMOKE IT. When I use it, I do... So wtf world do you live in where SMOKE is good for your lungs??? Nicotine doesn't cause cancer, but fucking smoke damages tissue. This is basic fucking science.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Based on what data? Your fuckin' opinion, again? I guess all the fuckers with emphysema I see smoking cigarettes still wouldn't dare continue smoking weed... Just fucking think about the stupid shit you say.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

I know you're not reading what anyone else has said, but can you at least read the very bullshit you post.... FUUUUUUCCCCCKKKKK! Dumbass!

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Although if you ask one with emphysema if they'd rather smoke or ingest cannabis, it will be the later of the two.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Do you have the proof that it was associated to his cannabis use? Because his lung cancer could have come on from anything, and I can tell you right now, it wasn't cannabis because as science states once again, that cannabis is non-cancerous and there isn't one linked medical case of cannabis being associated with lung cancer. And yes, it does increase lung capacity, ask someone with emphysema or asthma that smokes cannabis if it helps. Guess what the response will be... lol And yes, people with emphysema can smoke cannabis.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Smoking (ie burning material and inhaling it) damages tissue. In fact, I have a family friend who died of lung cancer about 10 years ago, and it was directly attributed to his lifetime of smoking pot. It's not the pot that killed him, it's SMOKING... It doesn't take a retard to understand that smoke isn't something are lungs like, or can handle over extended time periods. Thus why I said "smoking anything does" in my last comment... Read much? P.S. I'd love a direct link to a paper claiming cannabis increases lung capacity. Please share that link. I'd love another laugh.

Jefferson Ford
Jefferson Ford

That's like the 900th thing science has found that "kills some cancer cells". KILLS SOME CANCER CELLS. The picture I saw that had 8000 shares and 3 zillion likes stated that weed cures cancer. More effective than chemo!! As I said, I'm all for legalization, but lets not kid ourselves. Anybody that believes that weed cures cancer probably smokes it with the black lights on marveling at how their Bob Marley tattoo glows.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

This isn't the only study or article that states the exact same thing. There are studies and articles from all over the world. LIKE I SAID, STOP BEING A DUMB ASS AND LOOK THEM UP FOR YOURSELF! I'm not gonna sit here and babysit you through your rage of insolence and stupidity. The information is out there if you bothered to deal REAL research instead of skimming through articles and picking out statements that fit your agenda. Which btw, I have no what it is btw. I think you just have nothing better to do with your life.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

You've already been online arguing with me all day over statements you're still making that are false lol. What could you possibly have better to do? lol I know I've been productive since then. What about you? And wrong again, cannabis actually expands the lung capacity. Unlike tobacco. There are no related adverse effects of smoking cannabis. Show me where there is one case of someone getting cancer from smoking cannabis or had to have a lung removed because they smoked too much weed. PLEASE! I DARE YOU!

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

None of those papers that are published and reviewed have shit to do with curing anything. They say exactly what I already did -- they alleviate some pain... Big fing deal. Also, pot has adverse effects on memory and this is well documented. Lastly, smoking weed has a serious effect on the health of your lungs and associated organs. Smoking anything does. That's pretty much well established fact. Smoke in bad. Still a dumbass. I'll be offline for about an hour. See what b.s. you can muster in the meantime. I'll be ready for a good laugh when I get back.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Did you know that you actually have cannabinoid receptors in your body and that the link between cancer and the human genome is in fact the cannabinoid receptor? Strange that we receive cannabinoids in our body from ingesting cannabis and the fatty acids of the cannabis plant. Which would suggest what? No wonder everyone has cancer... It's not apart of our natural diet, like it was apart of our natural diet 100+ years ago. Cancer was basically non-existent in terms of other diseases and conditions that were killing people at the time. This is medical FACT. Look it up.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Yet there a people purportedly curing their cancer without chemo or a doctor, and just the use of cannabis oil all over the world at this very moment. And I just posted a link with 105 peer reviewed studies on cannabis, don't be the dumb ass, you claim me to be.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Dumbass did what I thought he would.. That is not a peer-reviewed study with any verification. Nor, did it purport as such (also, it's a pretty small control group, but I'm not a chemist or biologist). "Although promising, Liu also said that it remains unclear if the cannabinoid treatment would work on the 200-plus existing types of cancer." That's the crux of the paper. It's useless in terms of any actual treatment. Another fail for you.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

I'm a white guy, I've been harassed by police before too, and I didn't deserve it. Multiple times, luckily none had led to an arrest, but what if I was a young black male? Would it have led to an arrest then? 99% most likely.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Right with you on that, Jefferson. And, Mr. Kohler, that's not a study supporting it, it's a study that says it may have the potential. "Although promising, Liu also said that it remains unclear if the cannabinoid treatment would work on the 200-plus existing types of cancer." Meaning, just the kind of uneducated bullshit taken as fact that Mr. Ford is talking about... Sigh.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

I asked first since you seemed so fucking wise in your position, that you'd have source... Silly me. Fact is, you don't HAVE ANY PAPERS MAKING A CERTAIN CONCLUSION THAT IT CAN DO ANYTHING. What you have is a culture that is picking at straws in the attempt to justify it being legal.... Do you know the justification for all drug legalization???? It's that YOUR BODY IS YOURS and that crimes require a fucking VICTIM. Drug use in and of itself is a victimless crime. That's your ONLY moral justification. Not what it can or can't do medically, or what taxes the g.d. gov't can grab from it, but your right to your life and the pursuit of it. Fact is, it's a drug that is illegal. That regardless of any local or state gov't position on it, it's a grey area on how they enforce it (you can still go to jail for pot in the city), and it is still a federal crime. Do I agree with that... No. But, these are men who openly advocate drug use, and should expect they are under the fucking microscope since they're well know entertainers. Again, fucking duh!

Jefferson Ford
Jefferson Ford

I'm all for legalization as well, but it's never gonna' happen when the majority of outspoken advocates are clueless hippies and slackers. Just the other day someone on my news feed shared some complete bs paragraph on a picture of Bob Marley or a bong or something or another that said something along the lines of "weed has cured more cancer patients than chemo". That's right- CURED not " alleviated the symptoms associated with" but CURED. We will never achieve legalization when we're being represented by such a vast amount of clueless asshats that have never picked up a book in their lives.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

Some of which btw, when looking at the PRO/CON chart, you have to take into account, some of these studies release bullshit because they are funded by BIG PHARMA, one of the main reasons cannabis is still illegal. You can't sell a thousand drugs with different labels and colors if there is one plant that can cure just about all of it, without adverse side effects. So you have to take that into account.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

I didn't post one, I said google it. There are plenty to be looked at from different countries all over the world, including the US. The medicinal properties are being found more and more every day. Do the research yourself, I was once a recreational user until my body started deteriorating from fibromyalgia, now I can actually live and function like a normal human being without having to be on poisonous pharmaceuticals. And you haven't once proven how this wasn't racist. So where's the facts?

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

(I'm a white guy, we got harrased on average 2 or 3 times a week.

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

P.S. Next time you wanna call people "racists" because they disagree that this is "racial profiling", you might wanna make sure there isn't a person like me ready to call you out.

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