Potty mouths beware you're not welcome in Galveston, Texas, as L-Burna, a.k.a. Layzie Bone, found out found recently.
While promoting his new record, Thug by Nature, there last weekend, the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member was handcuffed and almost arrested after a police officer heard the profanity-laced lyrics he was reciting for his entourage outside their hotel.
"He was just way sarcastic," Burna said. "I asked him, 'What are you arresting for?' He said for cussin'. I was like, 'I thought I had freedom of speech?' He was like, 'Not here in Galveston, not in my city.'"
In the state of Texas, cursing in public can be considered disorderly conduct and is a Class A misdemeanor. Its severity is comparable to a traffic ticket, and fines usually range from $200 to $300, according to the Galveston Police Department.
"It's anything that offends or causes a breach of the peace," explained Galveston Sgt. Brett Luck. "I wouldn't say a lot of people go to jail for it."
After being cuffed and detained for 10 minutes in the back of a patrol car, Burna was released with a $245 ticket. Still bewildered, the rapper said he didn't mean any harm he was just testing out new material. "I had just written a rhyme, and I was saying it to my fellas."
The verse that got him trouble included the lines: "Surprise ni---/ It's that little ni--- y'all ni---s ain't ready to f--- with/ Trust this, your muthafu----- wig will straight get busted/ Thug sh--/ We deeply embedded/ We livin' with these playas and hustlers."