Wyclef Jean hasn't suddenly discovered the joys of surfing at...
, Wyclef Jean hasn't suddenly discovered the joys of surfing at the Jersey Shore.
Rather, his somewhat cryptic call to "Free the wave!" on the Tuesday, Sept. 12, MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center appeared to have been a call of support for an incarcerated Newark hip-hop stand out.
Tsu Surf, also known as Rahjon Cox, has pleaded guilty to RICO gang charges, and faces up to 30 years in prison.
"And when I get home its up!," said Cox on his Instagram page Tuesday night, with a clip of Jean on the awards show. "Free the f***n wave!"
Jean was introducing a Video Vanguard Award performance by Shakira when he shouted out Cox.
Wyclef Jean speaks at the 2023 MTV VMAs at the Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
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"Right about now! New Jerusalem! New Jersey! Free the wave! You'll give it up for Shakira!" said Jean, who grew up in Newark.
Cox pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon in April, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Newark.
He admitted he was a leader of the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips, who were responsible for "acts of violence and the distribution of controlled substances in New Jersey and elsewhere," the U.S. Attorney's office said.
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