Earlier today, Brooklyn rapper C.I.* Joe –real name Raymond Velasquez, AKA Coney Island Joe– caused a major scene in Times Square when he climbed atop a light pole and refused to come down. The stunt landed him a quick trip to Bellevue Mental Hospital, and will likely see him charged by the NYPD, but it also landed him an offer to work with Grammy winning producer Jim Jonsin.
However, it turns out that this morning’s Times Square stunt is not C.I.* Joe’s first run-in with authorities. According to some (*cough* extremely crappy *cough*) video posted to C.I.* Joe’s MySpace page, he interrupted BET’s 106 & Park in April of 2010, and also the CBS Early Show in December of 2010, both times as a way of trying to promote his rap career. Speaking of which, we’ve got his video, “Warriors,” for you above. We’ll let you judge for yourself as to whether his future as a rapper is strong enough that it will make his trip to Bellevue worthwhile.