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Former Jay Z protégé arrested in prostitution ring


Malcolm “Wais P” Byer, one half of ’90s rap group Da Ranjahz, who were once signed to Jay Z’s now defunct Roc-A-Fella umbrella label, Carter Faculty, was arrested last week and charged with promoting prostitution.

The 41-year-old rapper, who appeared on the song “If I Should Die” from Jay Z’s 1998 classic Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, was one of four men arrested in connection to a long-term prostitution investigation called “Bright Lights, Big City.”

In addition to Byer, 40-year-old Christopher Rose, Jamal Mobley and Karmik Grant-Byas, both 31, were also nabbed in the sting. Police utilized financial records and wiretaps to build their case against the accused. They face a variety of charges ranging from promoting prostitution to sex trafficking.

Byer is currently being held without bail.

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