Michael "Evidence" Perretta is best known for his work as rapper/producer for indie hip-hop outfit Dilated Peoples, but the street art world–not to mention, all of mainstream media–should see plenty of his face in the next few days, thanks to a bunch of photos that led police to believe Perretta was notorious graffiti artist Cyrus "Buket" Yazdani.
From a recent press release:
"Police arrest notorious graffiti tag artist Cyrus “Buket” Yazdani on felony vandalism charges this week in Los Angeles, but inaccurate photos of the man in custody continue to circulate, appearing at the top of the hour newscasts on CBS 9, ABC 7, KTLA 5, NBC 4, and Los Angeles Times cover story due to newspaper mistakenly identifying Yazdani with an image of respected MC and Producer Evidence of Dilated Peoples."
It seems Perretta himself wasn't too flustered by the case of mistaken identity, saying "I'm obviously not [Yazdani] and find it humorous how the media didn't take the time to figure this out before running such an extensive story."
He went on to say he wants the issue cleared up and retractions made by the media.
If nothing else, this should ensure a few more tickets sold for Dilated People's upcoming Fresh Rhymes & Videotape Tour, which will also feature The Alechemist, Aceyalone, and 88 Keys. Perretta is meanwhile said to be working on his second solo album.
Fresh Rhymes & Videotape Dates
06/02 Seattle, WA: Neumos
06/03 Portland, OR: Berbatis Pan
06/05 Anaheim, CA: House of Blues
06/06 Tempe, AZ: Marquee
06/08 Dallas, TX: Emo's
06/11 Atlanta, GA: Centerstage Loft
06/13 New York, NY: Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
06/14 Washington, DC: Club 5
06/15 Philadelphia, PA: Fillmore @ TLA
06/17 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground
06/18 Baltimore, MD: Rams Head Live
06/20 Chicago, IL: Double Door
06/21 Detroit, MI: St. Andrews Hall
06/23 Boulder, CO: Fox Theatre
06/24 Aspen, CO: Belly Up
06/26 San Francisco, CA: Mezzanine
06/27 Hollywood, CA: House of Blues
06/29 San Diego, CA: Belly Up