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N.C. fire department officials investigate filming of rap video inside firehouse

CEO Showoutt stated he had permission to film the video inside Raleigh Fire Station 12

By Anna Johnson
The News & Observer

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Fire Department is investigating after a local rapper filmed a music video at Fire Station 12.

CEO Showoutt filmed his “Fire Drill” freestyle rap in front of the station on Poole Road. The video shows two Raleigh fire trucks with their lights on in the background — no firefighters are shown — while the rapper wears a plastic red fire helmet and raps into a microphone.

He uses profanity, references guns and flips off the camera. He also mentions his taste in women, his family member in jail and how he’s the “real deal” over others.

The video, posted on YouTube eight days ago, had over 6,000 views as of noon Tuesday.

The News & Observer contacted the city and Fire Department to learn more about the video

“The Raleigh Fire Department is aware of the rap video produced in front of Station 12,” Julia Milstead , the city’s public information officer, responded. “The Raleigh Fire Department is investigating the matter further. This video is not reflective of the City’s or RFD’s values.”

‘I ain’t do nun wrong’, says rapper

CEO Showoutt didn’t respond to The N&O’ request for comment but addressed the controversy in an Instagram story, which disappears after 24 hours.

“Take that up wit the fire departments,” he said on an Instagram story. “I literally asked I ain’t do nun wrong no guns no drugs literally just profanity. ... appreciate y’all for free promo!”

He also said he’s trying to figure out why the city is investigating.

“I literally asked to do it,” he said on Instagram. “Y’all (expletive) tryna portray like I sneak or sum like (expletive) was vibing.”

In an interview with CBS17, CEO Showoutt says he asked people at the station for permission to film his music video there, which they granted..

“There was no problem. They heard it. He actually told me I sounded good,” the rapper told CBS17. “I didn’t know that was going to be a problem.”

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