Local Hip-Hop Community Feels Sac PD Has Bias Against the Genre

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SACRAMENTO -- The words to one of rapper TreSolid's most popular songs are words he's lived his life by off stage:

"Not riding with no pistol ... too focused on the money ... never sold dope ... wanna give the young-ins hope."

On the brink of releasing his fifth album, "Applying Pressure," the 22-year-old believes the Sacramento Police Department pressured the Ace of Spades venue into canceling the gig he was supposed to have Wednesday night opening for Waka Flocka Flame.

"I have done shows in the city that I put on myself ... a couple hundred to like 500 ... Ace of Spades is one of the bigger venues for performers. I think they fit like 1,000 or something like that," said Trevonte Williams aka TreSolid.

Managers at Ace of Spades did not want to speak about the situation on camera, but FOX40 obtained an email sent out detailing the assessment the police department's entertainment team made of the planned appearance.

It says TreSolid's name has been "associated highly and actively with gang activity in recent weeks."

TreSolid believes his only so-called association may be that he lives in gang-plagued Del Paso Heights and that when he's done open video shoots fans who may be gang members might have attended.

He feels there's an assumption about his urban fan base and about what "urban" means, but he says many of the folks in his crowds are from the suburbs.

"I drive through Natomas selling shirts and CDs all the time."

Williams has already performed at Ace of Spades twice this year, and when asked if there were any incidents, he said "nothing ... nothing at all."

"He doesn't drink. He doesn't smoke ... you know. I'm proud and upset too because I work really hard to make sure he stays on that track," said TreSolid's father and manager Joe Williams.

A deadly fight at hip-hop concert in Discovery Park this year and a shooting at a Nipsey Hussle event last year are just two of the incidents giving the ticket-holding public and the police pause.

Department spokesmen tell FOX40, "Every venue is reviewed on a case by case basis. Based on the information we get, the situations are treated accordingly."

Still, the owners of KDM or Knockdown Muzik say police scrutiny on behalf of the city is putting the squeeze on the local industry.

"There's a lot of licenses you need to run your establishment and those licenses can be pressured if you're not abiding to the way the upper hand feels you should be operating," said Ray Guanill of KDM.

One of KDM's artists and producers says he's seen violence and bias during his 18 years in Sacramento's hip-hop scene.

Levi Saint Mary, III aka 'Bloe' has this message:

"We have to be able to provide opportunities for artists and youth that want to do music and to do that we have to have a good track record for awhile and that means no shootings ... no violence," he said. "You're only hurting your own community."