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‘Freestyle from jail’ hits YouTube

Most criminals sentenced to life in prison are never heard from again. But in the case of Tyshan Riley — a convicted murderer and purported gang leader — hearing his voice is as simple as clicking on YouTube.

Most criminals sentenced to life in prison are never heard from again. But in the case of Tyshan Riley — a convicted murderer and purported gang leader — hearing his voice is as simple as clicking on YouTube.

The message? “You want bricks, I can supply it. I got more karats than a vegetarian diet.”

In a YouTube video called GREE$Y MONEY Freestyle From Jail, Riley can be heard rapping about cocaine and slinging “bricks the size of the cushion on yo’ couch.” According to the video’s description, “Gree$y Money who is serving a Life Sentence spits a verse from prison for CokeKey$ Car’tel’s mixtape M.H.F. (Metro Housing Flow).”

The track, interspersed with gunshot sounds, is played over a still image and obviously recorded over the phone.

Posted online this spring, the video has since garnered more than 500 views.

Riley is the purported leader of the Galloway Boys, a gang in Scarborough, and in 2009, he and two others were convicted of first-degree murder in the 2004 shooting that killed one man and left another seriously injured.

The 27-year-old is now serving a life sentence at Millhaven, a maximum-security prison in Bath, Ont.

But according to aspiring rapper Sheldon Nugent, a.k.a. CokeKey$ Car’tel, he was the one who recorded the prison rap two summers ago, when Riley would have been still awaiting trial at Toronto’s East Detention Centre. Nugent, who has also been linked by police to the Galloway Boys, said he and Riley used to be in a rap duo. When his childhood friend called him in 2008, he suggested a freestyle “for old times sake.”

 
 
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