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Why Sacramento rapper Lavish D is back in jail

Donald Oliver, who raps by the names Lavish D and CML
Donald Oliver, who raps by the names Lavish D and CML

Less than two months after being released from prison, a nationally-known Sacramento rapper involved in a social media feud that may be contributing to local gang violence is back in jail on a parole violation.

Donald Oliver, who goes by the stage names Lavish D and CML, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and is being held at Sacramento County Main Jail with no bail.

Oliver was part of a group targeted by drive-by shooters Sunday at Meadowview Park during a video shoot for another rapper and associate of Oliver’s, Shawn “C-Bo” Thomas. Oliver was not injured, but four people were wounded and one man, Ernie Jessey Cadena, 49, was killed.

Probation officials were unable to immediately say how Oliver had violated parole. Jail records show the 32-year-old musician – who will celebrate a birthday Saturday – also has an outstanding warrant from Solano County for driving with a suspended license.

The shooting comes during a period of increased gun violence around the city that some community members and political leaders have said is tied to back-and-forth barbs and music videos local rappers have posted on social media.

Days after the Meadowview shooting, Oliver posted his own video online disavowing taking part in that violence.

“Whatever happened, happened, you feel what I’m saying? I ain’t have nothing to do with nothing. I didn’t do nothing. All I did was showed up to a video shoot trying to support my rapping partner on some unity s---. Wasn’t no diss record being recorded. None of that s---,” Oliver said in the video.

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Oliver was on parole after serving three years for gun and assault-related charges associated with another local gang war in 2014, also possibly sparked by rival rap videos. The battle came to a head for Oliver in March of that year when he filmed and posted a video of several gang members from the Mack Road area jumping an Oak Park gang member inside the Arden Fair mall.

Since his release, Oliver has made numerous well-received rap videos posted on YouTube, and expressed a desire to focus on his music.

The Meadowview shooting has prompted community and city leaders to call for peace. On Wednesday, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, police Chief Dan Hahn and a half-dozen community activists gathered at the park to call for an end to violence, and to reassure community members that the park was a safe place for families.

DeVone Boggan with Richmond, Calif's Office of Neighborhood Safety explains how Advance Peace disrupts the cycle of gun violence in communities. The program could be coming to Sacramento in the near future if it makes it past a city council vote.

Anita Chabria: 916-321-1049, @chabriaa

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