Oakland gangsta rapper Philthy Rich says cops don’t have any dirt on him.
The artist, 29-year-old Philip Beasely, has accused San Francisco cops of slandering his reputation with bogus allegations after he was arrested on suspicion of driving a stolen 2011 Bentley early Monday.
Philthy expects his name will be cleared when police discover the swanky black Bentley is legally his. He was detained after his performance at the Rock-it Room club at 406 Clement St. about 1:30 a.m., police said.
“I bought the car,” Philthy told The San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday. “The car was not stolen. I got the keys and the registration to the car.”
However, after a preliminary review of the case, prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to move forward with felony charges against Philthy of unlawfully driving or taking a vehicle and receipt of stolen property. The former charge packs a prison sentence of up to three years, Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said Tuesday. Philthy is due in court this week.
“I just feel like I was targeted for no reason,” the rapper said. “They didn’t find any guns, any drugs, nothing. I feel like they’re just saying my car is stolen.”
Two more people who police have said were at the club that night — including Philthy’s promoter, Samuel Burns, 33, of Vallejo — were arrested in separate incidents.
Burns was busted for outstanding warrants after cops detained him on his way to the show for allegedly not wearing a seat belt as the passenger of a car.
Philthy has been pleading his innocence to his thousands of Twitter followers. In one post, he vowed to take legal action against police for “slandering my name.”
“With a million cars on the block, why would they run my license plate?” Philthy said, adding that cops had been inside the club before his arrest.
Police denied Philthy or his crew were targeted and say officers often conduct checks of vehicles they pass on the street. The rapper, who is on felony probation for firearms possession, needs to take up his case with the Las Vegas Police Department, which listed the Bentley as stolen, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
Philthy had this message for his fans, some of whom came out in support of the rapper on Twitter:
“They always trying to bring a good n---- down,” he said. “I’m going to overcome this.”