Artist Foogiano Showcases $100k Grills Behind Bars
In a new BBC documentary called Forbidden America: Rap's New Frontline, Foogiano was interviewed in jail. The rapper - signed to Gucci Mane's 1017 label - confessed to Louis Theroux that he still wears a permanent $100,000 grill in his mouth, despite being incarcerated in a Greensboro, Georgia county jail and serving a five-year sentence.
I grew up here," he said. "These are my people.". I have been coming to this jail since I was a little boy. "This is where I come from."
Foogiano went into detail about his arrest and revealed he wouldn't go anywhere without protection because rappers are often murdered.
"I was in the backseat," he said. "There was a gun under the front seat.". I moved to a more prosperous community in the other city that I stayed in, and they knew who we were. The police, the first chance they get, they're gonna get me. They know we're gonna have a gun in the car since I'm a rapper. "I won't get anywhere without someone protecting me, just all this jewelry, all these diamonds, all my money."
He added, “They’re killing rappers, you know? [The streets] are killing rappers. I ain’t going like that. Jealous people. Haters. People that don’t got as much money as we have.”
While on the run, Foogiano didn't care if he wasn't keeping a low profile after cutting off his ankle monitor.
“A lot of stuff was building up,” he said. "Everything was going good, and then boom, that happened. It’s a setback, because I couldn’t perform. I did some [shows] under my own name. I don’t care. I play chess, not checkers. The crowd ain’t gonna let [the police get me]. Every time I got on stage, everybody said, 'No.'"
His life took a turn at the age of 12 when he learned that the person he thought was his father was actually his stepfather.
My uncle got out of prison when I was 12 and told me that my stepdaddy wasn't my father. [My mom] didn't want me knowing my dad 'cause my dad ain't shit. On the streets, I'm bucking. I've been doing this since I was 12 years old.
You don't get to pick my life for me. Now, I'm going to pick my own life. I'm not proud of everything I've done in the past, but it made me who I am.
After his oldest friend, Savon, told Foogiano how people tried to use him after he got famous, he spoke more about people being jealous of his success.
The rest of my partners used to be jealous of it," Foogiano said. "Right, 'Why don't I get to hold the money?' Jealousy, envy - it's petty jealousies. People ain't gonna show it, but you can tell it. They're petty jealousies."
Foogiano is no stranger to expensive grills; he previously bought a pair to go with his Nike Air Force 1s.