A metropolis parks officer threw down verse for verse with Bobby Shmurda in a lyrical battle that helped sway the ex-con, drill-rapping pioneer to cease illegally filming a brand new music video in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The beautiful scene was captured Nov. 5 on a now-viral, half-minute video posted on Shmurda’s social media accounts which have attracted greater than 62,000 likes — and loads of rave evaluations — on Instagram.
David Pouncy III, a parks enforcement patrol officer and aspiring rapper and songwriter, advised The Publish he and one other officer noticed a bunch of males filming alongside the waterfront park’s Pier 2 part overlooking Manhattan shortly after its new 9 pm closing time, in order that they walked over to ask them to depart — solely to comprehend it was Shmurda and his entourage.
The 29-year-old Pouncy, whose stage name is Dave Langston, stated he felt it might be finest to discover a “frequent floor” and defuse the scenario, contemplating Shmurda was solely released from jail final yr and continues to be on parole after copping a plea in 2016 to conspiracy and weapons costs.
“I’m an enormous fan of Bobby, so I wouldn’t need him to return to jail,” he stated.
So Pouncy, who earned a bachelor’s diploma in a theater and efficiency from SUNY Buy, provided some “directorial recommendation” whereas suggesting Shmurda movie alongside the park’s close by Pier 3 waterfront, which was nonetheless open.
Pouncy stated he then started discussing his curiosity in music with the Brooklyn-born Shmurda, and the following factor he knew he was being challenged to point out off his skills.
“He advised me to ‘soar a freestyle,’ and I used to be like Bobby ‘you gonna get me fired,” recalled the rapping ranger. “After which he performed a beat, and it simply ended up occurring.”
Sporting his olive inexperienced Parks Division uniform and hat and clutching a ebook he makes use of to write down up summonses, Pouncy is seen on the video dancing, laughing and leaping up and down with the “No Time for Sleep” and “Shmoney” rapper and an affiliate. Pouncy additionally unleashed a collection of impromptu, expletive-laden lyrics which have landed him some critical props with Shmurda and lots of of his social media followers.
“Please don’t fireplace the park man that’s my son,” posted Shmurda on Instagram alongside a collection of crying-laughing and rocket-firing emojis accompanying the video.
“Parkman to the rescue,” replied one of many rapper’s followers.
One other wrote, “They guess not fireplace him. U higher signal him lol.”
Joe Puleo, president of Native 983 of District Council 37, which represents parks officers, stated Pouncy deserves to be counseled — not disciplined — for utilizing “verbal judo” to defuse a probably hostile scenario.
The Parks Division didn’t return messages.
Pouncy stated he’s gotten no suggestions from company officers however is having a neater time implementing guidelines at Brooklyn Bridge Park because the video of his rapping went viral.
“Folks simply see me, and so they have extra respect than ever,” he stated.
“They name me ‘Park Man!’ Possibly I’ll make that the identify of my subsequent album.”