Rappers Paul Wall (born Paul Michael Slayton) and Baby Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) were arrested in El Paso, Texas, early Sunday morning on suspicion of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. The pair, who were in town to perform at the Summer Jamm 2011 show on Saturday, were released on Sunday afternoon after each posted a $300 bond, according to the El Paso Times.
Wall announced the arrest on his Twitter account, writing, “fresh out the El Paso County jail wit @Babybash @Biggroy, in the same tank they held Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash,” accompanied by a photo of him in the back of a police car with Bash, who is in handcuffs.
The arrest occurred in what was described in press accounts as a “drug-free” zone, a detail that was explained in a subsequent Facebook post from Bash. While Wall, 30, seemed to have a good sense of humor about the incident, Bash, 41, was a bit more heated in his Twitter response. “Ain’t 2much worse than a ” HOE ASS PUNK EL PASO COP that abuses his authority, just cuz me and Paul Wall are artists! Only GEEKS and fools who don’t have any spine abuses Authority! But I’m back in the FLESH feelin’ so FRESH, out the tank mang!”
He quickly clarified, though, that he was not lashing out at cops over the arrest. “I’m not here to diss ALL police, they have a tuff gig and I respect that! BUT u have the ONE or TWO that will disrespect & abuse the power cuz maybe they got picked on in high school a lot and now have a chip on their shoulder, and that’s exactly wut happened to us, all we did was SMELL like weed and wen he couldn’t find it and we didn’t snitch on who sparked it, he got overdramatic and took us in! He found out who we were and really got big shot on us! Haha even his partner said he’s a di–.”
Bash continued, claiming that bail was low because the judge “knew it was a bogus call.” He said the pals admitted in court that they had smoked earlier, which is why they “smelled like tree,” but that they didn’t have any marijuana on them at the time of the arrest. “That made him [the officer] mad cuz he thought RAPPER must have large amount!”
A spokesperson for the El Paso Police Department was not available for comment at press time.