Listeners of the local Christian and classical music stations were shocked and appalled by the sudden takeover. Called 'Trap Radio,' the expletive-laden signal was traced by the Broward County Sheriff's Office to a Lauderdale Lakes home. They soon apprehended the 22-year old Rhodd, who raps under the name Blakk Babi, and charged him with a combination of unauthorized transmission and interference with public or commercial radio. An accomplice named Maurice Roland, also 22, was arrested for an active warrant from Miami-Dade for an open battery charge.
While pirate radio has enjoyed a long history, it's rarely been used for a hip-hop takeover in the United States. The U.K. grime movement, which was popular in the mid-Aughts, would routinely hijack airwaves in East London for nearly endless broadcasts of up-and-coming British rappers. In the U.S., pirate radio is increasingly rare and usually centered around hyper political -- and often punk -- rock music.