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NYC rooftop rap video shoot by ex gang member ends with 44 arrests

February 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
NYC rooftop rap video shoot by ex gang member ends with 44 arrests

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A rap video shoot on a rooftop that was hosted by an infamous New York city hip-hop artist transformed into a real-life drama when the police came and arrested dozens.

The shoot that took place on Saturday atop Manhattan’s Baruch Houses was set up by China Mac — a former gang member who served ten years behind bars for shooting a rival rapper in 2003.

“Are ya ready for the epic shoot today?” Mac, whose name is Raymond Yu, shared on Facebook on Saturday.

Mac’s public appeal drew dozens — and eventually, a group of officers was dispatched to the scene after receiving numerous complaints of disorderly conduct, the New York Daily News reported.

The rapper was among 44 individuals — 37 men and seven women — who were charged with criminal trespassing.

Rapper China Mac (seen in a photo from his Facebook page) was arrested along with 43 other people after cops crashed his rooftop rap video shoot on Saturday. (FACEBOOK)

Authorities also discovered two imitation firearms on the roof and one real gun behind the building.

Resident Lusaida Rodriguez, 65, said she saw authorities escorting out dozens of young people.

“They had red and blue flags and were shooting some gangster film,” Rodriguez stated. “They’re not careful. Get a friggin’ permit — how much could it be?”

The Chinese-American man was charged with shooting rapper Christopher Louie, who was 23 at the time, in the back at the Yello nightclub in Chinatown in 2003.

The shooting left Louie partly paralyzed.

A poster invites fans to China Mac’s birthday party in Brooklyn. (FACEBOOK)

Yu was apprehended at the Washington-Canadian border attempting to flee the U.S. in 2004.

“I did a lot of stupid s–t,” Yu said to Black Star News in a 2017 interview. “I did a lot to cause pain and grief to people that didn’t deserve it.”

A former member of Ghost Shadows — the most violent Chinese gang in New York in the 1990s — Yu was featured in a film in 2017 depicting life at Rikers Island.

Speaking in the documentary “Rikers: An American Jail,” Yu recalled arriving at the notorious jail as “like going into the belly of the beast” where “everybody’s screaming, and it sounds like a madhouse.”

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