Born and raised rapper in Denver FBP Moe, aka Moses Phillip Fernandez Jr. (or Moses Baca), is on the run from the law after nine of his associates were arrested by a Denver police force last week. Fernandez is a leading member of the Few But Plenty collective, which he described as “a unique family” of employees in a 2019 interview with westword† But the group, which includes several other rappers with “FBP” in their name, is now being called “a violent criminal enterprise” by Michael Gaskill, the commander of the Regional Anti-Violence Enforcement Network (RAVEN) task force that made the arrests. . †
After a two-year investigation dubbed “Operation Ricochet,” Fernandez and nine other FBP members were charged with 114 crimes involving 47 different victims in the urban area, “most of them drive-by shootings of rivals,” the statement said. Denver District Attorney. Beth McCann. All are in custody with the exception of Fernandez, who officials say could be hiding in Las Vegas or California.
Fernandez originally made headlines in 2019 when the music video for his song “No Pressure” went viral on YouTube, gaining millions of views. When the video was only eighteen years old, baby-faced Fernandez spoke openly about the dangers and difficulties he had faced growing up on the west side of Denver. The song itself was in response to the shooting of his cousin (known as “King Daniel”), hinting at retaliation with lines like “We’re not going to play around, we’re going to kill.” Meanwhile, members of the FBP crew in the background waved blue bandanas and threw gang signs.
According to ATF spokeswoman Ginger Colbrun, FBP’s music “brilliantly described many of their crimes.” But hip-hop often trades in exaggeration, and it’s not uncommon for a rapper to call outdoing his rivals “murder” or use other violent metaphors. But it’s also not uncommon for the language to be literal. As Fernandez told westword,,I would describe my music as real. You feel the pain in it, it’s all authentic.” But with lines like “.45 on me to make sure I get through the shit/I lost both my brothers so I have to stick with two clips” ( from “We Gon Ride,” featuring FBP Phil and FBP Shotta), Fernandez may now regret some of his raw honesty.
Fernandez and the other nine FBP members charged – Armando Manuel Burciaga, Astrea Felicia Rucobo, Devon Nathan Montoya, Guage Frank Trujillo, Isaiah Aaron Martinez, Julio Bladimir Menjivar, Max Anthony Ramirez, Paul Lawrence Baca III and Shoveen Taron Hainesworth – will be charged with violating Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree criminal attempted murder, first-degree criminal assault, illegal discharge of a firearm, and several other counts.
the ATF offers a reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to Fernandez’s arrest.