Tsu Surf, one of the standout talents in the vast battle rap scene, is currently facing a legal battle after an arrest last week. According to reports, the New Jersey rapper was arrested last Thursday (Oct. 13) at a residence in Jersey City.
According to a report from Fox 5 NY, Tsu Surf, real name Rahjon Cox, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service NY NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force over a RICO charge connected to a DEA case.
Cox was at the residence with a woman who has not been identified and the pair reportedly tried to exit the home via the rear but law enforcement officers surrounded the place. The outlet adds that Cox and the woman remained in a standoff with the officers for over an hour after barricading themselves and negotiating with officers.
Cox was taken to the Essex County Jail and went before a federal judge last Friday to hear charges. According to an Associated Press report, Cox appeared in court but did not enter a plea. An attorney hired by Cox failed to make the hearing so another attorney was brought in to represent Cox.
Cox, along with nine other individuals, were indicted on racketeering charges and it is being alleged that the group is part of a larger New Jersey Crips gang.
Beyond being an active participant in battle rapping, Tsu Surf also operates as an analyst of battle rap culture and has made frequent guest appearances on The Joe Budden Podcast offering quick-witted insights.