As the media continues to wait for updates from Dammy Krane’s recent row with TapJets over accusations of credit card fraud, it was recently revealed that rapper Sauce Kid has been sentenced to two years in an American prison for a similar offence. According to reports, Sauce Kid was arrested last year with a card encoding device while he was about to board a flight with over $6,000 cash. This apparently was not the rapper’s first offence as Sinzu had initially been charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, eight counts of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of over 15 fraudulent bank cards. However prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges against him after he admitted to one count of aggravated theft.
Sauce Kid’s sentencing is peculiar, but it is not unusual. Reports about Nigerians falling into crime in the United States is one of the most flouted narratives of Nigerians in diaspora. However, for an artist like Sauce Kid whose inherent potential made him critically revered despite infrequent and sparse releases, this is a damn shame. Two years is a long time for anyone to be gone for in today’s digital age where legends are created everyday in front of a camera with nothing but a hashtag. We hope there is some respite in all of this for Sauce Kid, he is definitely going to need it.