Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Judge Blasts Rochester, NY Police Department After Cops Help Abusive Ex-Boyfriend Break into Domestic Violence Victim’s Home

Rochester, NY Police Officer Jim Laruez kicks in domestic violence victim’s door.

By Davy V.

Last November Rochester, NY Police Officer Korey McNees responded to a home in Rochester’s 19th Ward neighborhood, where an abusive ex-boyfriend who just hours earlier had run over his girlfriend Catherine Bonner’s foot, with his car, breaking it, was trying to gain access into the woman’s home.

Instead of protecting the woman, a victim of domestic abuse, Officer McNees encouraged the man to break into the home.

And it was all captured on video.

In the November 13, 2017 body cam video, not only does Rochester, NY Police Officer Korey McNees repeatedly tell Bonner’s ex-boyfriend that he can break into her home, but Officer McNees goes as far citing a New York State law which McNees says gives the man the right to break in.

At first, Bonner’s ex-boyfriend, whose name has not been released, seems hesitant to take Officer McNees’ advice, but after McNees continues to encourage the man to break in, he does just that, smashing out a window on the side of Bonner’s home.

Catherine Bonner’s ex-boyfriend smashes out her home’s window.

And that’s when things escalate.

Bonner sticks out a 9mm rifle out of the window.

Then Rochester, NY Police Officer Jim Laruez kicks in Bonner’s door.

Officer McNees can be seen going into the house, pointing his gun at Bonner.

Rochester Police Officers then conduct an unconstitutional, illegal, warrantless search of her home, where they find several firearms.

Rochester, NY Police Officer Jim Laruez 

Catherine Bonner is charged with menacing for what Rochester Police claim is she pointed the rifle at them.

Bonner is also charged with illegal possession of several firearms.

In the body cam video Rochester, NY Police Officer Korey McNees tells Bonner’s ex-boyfriend, “so let me tell you what New York State law says. New York State law says you live here... you have a right to kick the door in if you want to gain access.”

Only problem is no such law exists.

And Tuesday afternoon, a New York State Supreme Court Justice blasted the Rochester, NY Police Department.

“Officer McNees’ pronouncements as to New York Law, were, as far as this court can determine, without actual basis in New York Law,” New York State Supreme Court Justice Charles Schiano Jr. writes in his decision in a hearing after Bonner’s attorney made a motion to have evidence against her suppressed.

Justice Schiano’s decision continues:

“Moreover, this advisement was offered without any investigation into whether (the ex-boyfriend’s) claims were true. Worse, officers ignored information they learned in the course of the 24 minutes before (ex-boyfriend) broke the window that was contrary to his story or could have led them to exercise an appropriate level of restraint and caution in this situation.”

The information Justice Schiano refers to in his decision is the fact that during the 24-minute video, which has been edited for time, Catherine Bonner’s ex-boyfriend tells police about the domestic abuse, including having run Bonner’s foot over just hours earlier.

But yet despite this information, none of the Rochester, NY Police Officers including Korey McNees, and Officer Laruez who can be seen on the body cam video kicking in Bonner’s door, bothered to take the time to look up the incident report for the domestic abuse, and instead encouraged Bonner’s ex-boyfriend to break in her home.

And that’s the Rochester, NY Police Department.

The same corrupt police agency I’ve exposed for years.

Judge Charles Schiano Jr., ruled that evidence against Bonner, such as the firearms charges, would be suppressed because the search of Bonner’s residence by Rochester, NY Police was unconstitutional.

Neither Rochester, NY Police Chief Michael Ciminelli, nor Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren have made a comment regarding this incident.

I will be updating this story.


Rochester, NY Police Officer Korey McNees as he repeatedly encourages abusive ex-boyfriend to break into woman’s home.

Ex-boyfriend breaking into woman’s home.

Ex-boyfriend smashes woman’s window.

Catherine Bonner sticks rifle out window after abusive ex-boyfriend breaks window.

Rifle barrel pointing out of broken window.

Rochester, NY Police Officer points gun at Catherine Bonner.

Rochester, NY Police Officer Jim Laruez kicks in Catherine Bonner’s door.

Rochester, NY Police hold domestic violence victim Catherine Bonner at gunpoint.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Rochester, NY Cops Street Fight

Rochester, NY Cops Fight Steetfight

By Davy V.

It’s not every day that you see two uniformed, on duty police officers fighting each other in the middle of the street.

But that’s exactly what happened last Monday morning in Rochester, NY, and it was all captured on a city surveillance camera.

Veteran Rochester, NY Police Officers Brandon Pike and Jordan Bracey met at the intersection of Conkey Avenue and Avenue A on Rochester, NY’s east side, and threw them hands.

For more than 20 years I’ve exposed the Rochester, NY Police Department, one of the dirtiest, most corrupt and unprofessional police agencies in the country.

I can’t say I’m really surprised to see to Rochester, NY cops fighting each other.

They don’t respect the citizens they took a sworn oath to protect.

And they don’t even respect each other.

And it’s also no surprise that neither Pike or Bracey have been suspended.

That’s the Rochester, NY Police Department.

Zero accountability.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Keystone Cops; Dumb and Dumber Rochester, NY Police Officers Crash into Each Other While Responding to Call

Rochester, NY Cops have a long history of driving reckless.

By Davy V.

A car accident in Rochester, NY Wednesday night may have prevented a woman from being shot and killed by members of the trigger-happy Rochester, NY Police Department.

Here’s the story...

Two Rochester, NY Police officers responding to a call for a woman holding a knife, crashed into each other, inhjuring at least one of the RPD officers.

The crash happened around 10:30 pm Wednesday night at the intersection of Seneca Avenue and Seneca Manor Drive on Rochester’s northeast side.

For those not familiar with the Rochester, NY Police Department, or their long history of shooting and executing citizens, a call for a person holding a knife, is all they need to be found justified in using deadly force.

Wednesday’s crash between two Rochester, NY Police Officers, adds to a long and disturbing history of Rochester, NY cops driving recklessly, and putting innocent city residents, including children, at risk.

In fact, in 2010, 14-year old Trayvonne Pritchett was riding his bicycle on Rochester’s east side when he was struck and killed by Rochester, NY Police Officer Scott Calkins, a rookie cop.

Below are some photos of incidents of reckless Rochester, NY cops which I’ve covered over the years.

Rochester, NY Police Officer rolls his cruiser over, after driving recklessly at high rate speed through neighborhood as children played outside..

Rochester, NY Police Officer loses control of cruiser while recklessly driving at high rate of speed through city neighborhood.

Rochester, NY Police Officer falls asleep behind the wheel, crashes his cruiser into parked car.

Rochester, NY Police Officer falls asleep behind the wheel, crashes his cruiser into parked car.

Parked car after Rochester, NY Police Officer falls asleep behind the wheel, crashes into it.

Rochester, NY Police Officer crashes into a car, injuring a family. Witnesses say the Rochester, NY Police Officer was driving at a high rate of speed without lights or siren.

Rochester, NY Police cruiser after RPD cop slams cruiser into a car with a family inside.

Rochester, NY Police Officer drives into house after losing control of cruiser while traveling at high rate of speed through city neighborhood.

Rochester, NY Police Officer slams cruiser into house and car after losing control of cruiser while traveling at high rate of speed through city neighborhood.

Rochester, NY Police Officer drives cruiser  into tree.

Rochester, NY Police Officer crashes into car.

Getting their story to match. Rochester, NY Police Officer crashes after losing control of cruiser.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

When it Comes to Destroying Homeless Tent Encampment, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren Gets Others to Do Her Dirty Work

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren

By Davy V.

In December of 2014, Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren ordered the bulldozing destruction of a homeless tent encampment under the Frederick Douglass/Susan B. Anthony bridge in downtown Rochester.

Because that’s what happens in Rochester, NY.

First, they name a bridge after two civil rights icons who dedicated there lives to helping the disenfranchised.

Then they kick out the homeless from under the very same bridge they named after those icons.

Norman Jones, City of Rochester, NY Director of Environmental Services 

City of Rochester, NY workers destroy homeless tents under Frederick Douglass/Susan B. Anthony bridge.

Disturbing video filmed by Rochester Indymedua shows City of Rochester Environmental Services Director Norman Jones overseeing the destruction of the homeless tent was seen by thousands.


Fast forward to last week.

Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely Warren gives homeless at a small encampment in Rochester until April 16th to leave.

Almost immediately afterwards, the Rochester, NY Police Department, which were also present at the 2014 destruction of the homeless encampment, release a statement saying they will not be evicting the homeless from the encampment which sits on the bottom of a grassy slope next to South Avenue on the edge of downtown.

Then, clearly wanting to avoid another video showing city workers destroying homeless tents and throwing away their belongings, Warren has an idea.

Get someone else to get rid of the homeless for her.

That’s right.

Get someone else to do her dirty work.

Enter Spectrum Communications and The Bivona Child Advocacy Center which own the land where the homeless encampment sits.

Both Spectrum Communications and The Bivona Child Advocacy Center decided to corral the homeless in like animals, and limit their freedom by installing orange construction style fencing around the encampment, in an attempt to force the homeless out.


I will be updating this story.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Miami’s Mixtape King, Drink Champs Host DJ EFN Stops by The Davy V. Blog


By Davy V.

One of the best things about having a platform like The Davy V. Blog, is to be able to interview interesting and talented folks who have made tremendous contributions to television, film, sports, and music.

Although for years my passion has been writing about and speaking out on police accountability issues, as well as advocating for the First Amendment protected right to record, I actually got my start in television and video production in 1995, when I traveled to East Orange, New Jersey and had the opportunity to interview one of my all time favorite hip hop groups, the legendary Naughty by Nature, for my cable access television show, KEEP IT ON THE REEL.

And almost 25 years later, my love for REAL Hip Hop hasn’t changed.

Recently I reached out to Miami, Florida’s DJ EFN, and asked him if I could interview him.

I was both humbled and excited when he hit me back and said let’s do it!

I’ve been a fan of DJ EFN since his mixtape days.

But DJ EFN, (Eric F. Narciandi) known as Miami’s Mixtape King, is much more than just a mixtape DJ.

DJ EFN is a music producer, artist manager, A&R consultant, music promoter and marketer, filmmaker,, entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Crazy Hood Producions, and co-host of the Drink Champs podcast on Revolt TV.

My favorite DJ EFN work however, is his film, Coming Home: Cuba.

In the film, DJ EFN, a Cuban-American like myself, travels to Cuba for the first time, and takes in Cuba’s Hip Hop scene.

For me personally, having never visited my parents’ homeland, DJ EFN’s film Coming Home: Cuba, gave me the opportunity to see Cuba in a way no other film or television program has shown it before.

Especially with the way DJ EFN gave a platform to Cuban Hip Hop artists.

So, sit back, and enjoy the interview.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed interviewing DJ EFN!


Who is DJ EFN?


DJ EFN is an only child who was born in Los Angeles, to Cuban born parents, and moved to Miami, Florida at a young age and made his chops in Miami!


When did you first get into music?


As far as I can remember I loved music but it was mostly the music I heard in movies that really moved me. The soundtrack to 1980’s movies like The Goonies, Beverly Hills Cop, Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, Nerds, etc. If you think about it, movies are like mixtapes because they put all kinds of genres and styles to fit the scenes in the movie, so you get exposed to different types of music that way. Also, my older cousins were always playing disco and pop music around me. When I grew into my own I started getting into rock, metal, punk, and then hip hop came along!


I grew up listening to real Hip Hop. Back when groups like Public Enemy were such a powerful force for social change, with songs like Fight The Power. Back when legendary lyricists like Rakim didn’t need to drop one cuss word, or a misogynistic reference in a song, just to sell albums.

With that said, at a time where artists like 6ix9ine are going back and forth on social media with veteran west coast artists like The Game, fueling another east coast/west coast beef, not to mention a time where all too often originality has been thrown out the window, with many artists sounding the same, where do you see the state of Hip Hop today? 


It’s tough to answer that because I’m not sure we can easily assess the state of Hip Hop with things like you mentioned. I almost feel that it’s better to apply those things to the state of media in general. Just look at how our politics are right now. Hip Hop is actually pretty healthy outside of the viral stuff going on.

There’s probably more opportunity for creative, lyrical, and culturally conscious artists to thrive due to the breakdown of the traditional label and media gatekeepers. 

Now that doesn’t mean that those gatekeepers from the past haven’t started to adapt and gain back their grip, but more than ever I see a lot of dope artists creating their own lanes, as well as all the elements of the culture flourishing because of being able to connect to the masses with social media and the internet.

Coming Home Cuba: Winner 2013 People’s Film Award


As a Cuban-American, I loved your 2012 film Coming Home: Cuba which won the 2013 People’s Film Award. You traveled to Cuba for the first time to get in touch with your roots, and also showcased Cuba’s Hip Hop community. 

As someone who has never visited Cuba, and who was transplanted at a very young age from Miami’s Cuban community and culture, to Upstate New York, your film really spoke to me.  It’s not often that fans get the opportunity to thank an artist, or someone who inspires them.

Thank you.

When did you decide that you were going to go to Cuba and not only connect with your roots, but also give a platform to Cuba’s Hip Hop artists?



Growing up in a typical Cuban exile household, I was  instilled with the politics and ideas of my parents and grandparents. Those ideas were that I would never, and could never visit the island unless Castro or his regime were no longer there. Plus, we grew up in an era where radical Cubans in the exile community would be outraged and act out towards anyone looking towards Cuba. So it wasn’t until I got older that I started to realize that Cuba may not change anytime soon, and if it did, there could be the chance that overnight there would be a Taco Bell and McDonald’s on every corner of Old Havana. So I decided I wanted to see the island in the capsule it was in. See it in somewhat the form my family may have seen it when they left. It was important for me to see it in its raw state and see things for myself. So the trip started to become a reality when I met someone who had traveled a couple of times to the island, and he was in contact with some of the Hip Hop artists.

Not only did he convince me of doing the trip, but it was his connection to the artists that made me want to film the trip and talk to these artists. Due to what I mentioned in regards to the outrage within the community, I kept the trip a secret from most of my family. Til this day my grandma is still upset I went and wants to know nothing about the trip nor has she seen the film. And I have to respect her for that.


Without giving too much away, to those who haven’t watched your film, Coming Home: Cuba, tell them a little more.


Coming Home Cuba is a film about myself and some of my crew going to Cuba for the first time. Myself and Garcia who is my artist, and co-producer on the film, go as first time Cuban-Americans visiting our parents’ homelands. On that journey of searching for our roots we also want to meet our Hip Hop counterparts on the island and learn about their Hip
Hop scene.

By doing that we use the common culture of Hip Hop to bridge the gap between us and hopefully the audience that watches it. We also show how art transcends all, and specifically, Hip Hop culture.


How was it making Coming Home: Cuba?


It was tough as a first time filmmaker. It was a total passion project that originally was intended just to be something we showed close friends and family, but ended up being something way bigger than we thought it would be. It inspired the ‘Coming Home’ series where we are about to release our fifth film.

We have done films about Peru, Haiti, Vietnam, and now about to release Coming Home: Colombia. The previous four have all been aired on Revolt TV and have found a nice cult following which includes the likes of Busta Rhymes, and other well respected artists that have voiced their appreciation for what we are doing with the film series.


In 1995 I interviewed Treach from Naughty by Nature, on 18th Street in East Orange, New Jersey.
I asked Treach to talk about the “finished product”, in other words, whether it’s a hit song, a platinum album, or a film, people see the finished product, often either overlooking or just not realizing the sacrifices artists make and the passion and hard work that goes into their works of art.

For people used to only seeing the finished product, can you tell my readers about what it was like flying to another country, not only a communist dictatorship, but a country that you had never been to, and making a film like Coming Home: Cuba? What was that like? What were the challenges?


Each country and film has different challenges. As an indie filmmaker there’s a laundry list of challenges like financial, logistic, legal, etc. But the way we do the films is very guerilla style and we do put ourselves at risk so that we can capture something organic and raw.


As a filmmaker and music producer, what did you take from your visit to Cuba and from meeting all the talented Hip Hop artists?


That all you need is passion and creativity. Often we make excuses like needing certain equipment, or studio, or producer or whatever. But these artists are creating amazing stuff with damn near nothing. So I came back grateful for what I have and more eager to do more with less.


Since you went to Cuba, President Obama took an important step towards bettering relations with Cuba. Now, with Trump in office, there’s no telling what will happen. What do you think lies ahead when it comes to U.S./Cuba relations?


Since then I was able to convince my mom to return and I took her back in 2015 as a birthday gift to her. Then Obama visited the island a month or two after that. Personally I was optimistic about the change in approach to the island but there’s so much to get into when discussing that, it’s just too much to get into now, plus Trump seems to be reversing most of those changes.


Where can readers see the films?


They can see them on Diddy’s Revolt TV, the same network we have Drink Champs on. Also when we release a new film we do screenings around the country in selected cities, so people can look out for those.

Also, they can stream the films at the linkbelow 

Hip Hop Legend N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN


Speaking of Drink Champs, how did the idea come together for one of the most popular podcasts?


Just being drunks in the studio and finding a way to make it into a thing!


How did the collabo with Queens, NY Hip Hop Legend N.O.R.E., and Drink Champs co-host happen?


Me and N.O.R.E. have been friends since 1998 and he eventually moved to Miami and moved into my area. He worked out of my studio and we started doing a Sirius-XM show from there. Long story short, that’s what eventually turned into Drink Champs.


Is Drink Champs recorded and filmed in Miami?


Sometimes we travel but it is based and filmed mainly 
in Miami.


With the success of Drink Champs what can fans expect in the near future?


More drunken antics from their favorite drunken uncles!


With Miami bring my adopted hometown, I can’t Interview Miami’s Mixtape King without asking you about Miami’s Hip Hop scene. One of my all time favorite rap groups is the 2 Live Crew. R.I.P. to Fresh Kid Ice. Still to this day when people think Miami, they think the legendary 2 Live Crew and Miami Bass. Obviously Miami has nurtured other artists such as Trick Daddy, Trina, and Pitbull. As a producer and a Miami native, where does Miami’s Hip Hop scene stand today, and where do you see it going?


I am always going to be biased when it comes to my city so in saying that I think our scene is doing well and has a lot to offer. We have a lot of new upcoming young talent as well as veterans still doing a lot, like myself and my crew. We are a well rounded city when it comes to Hip Hop culture.

We have world renowned DJ’s like DJ Craze, mega celebrities like Pitbull, Khaled, and street respected artists like Trick and Ross. We also have world respected graffiti artists, B-Boys and B-Girls, and the younger generation in all those departments are following in those same footsteps. We have artists like Denzel Curry. Pouya, and Prez P. to name a few.


Speaking of Miami, let’s do a few “Hottest Spots in The 305” questions.

Best Cuban sandwich in Miami?


I haven’t had a Cuban sandwich in a long time so I would say pretty much any half decent Cuban spot will give you a good Cuban sandwich. It’s really tough to screw that up.


Best Media Noche sandwich in the 305?


Same thing. But when I did eat those all the time I was good with La Carreta Restaurant!


Best pasteles in Miami?


Take me to any little mom and pop bakery and it’s going to be good.


What’s your favorite thing about living in Miami?


Our winter time is the best weather in the country!


What about your least favorite thing?


Our summertime weather is the worst weather in the country!


What’s next for DJ EFN? What projects are you working on?


New Coming Home film. Coming Home: Colombia. Working on turning the film series into something bigger. I will eventually do a follow up to my 2015 album “Another Time”, so stay on the lookout for new music from me and if you never checked out my studio album, check it out.


You won the 2002 Justo Mixtape Awards. You’ve worked with legendary Hip Hop artists and groups such as KRS One, Wu-Tang Clan, and OutKast. You’re a successful filmmaker, producer, and entrepreneur. Most recently you launched the Drink Champs podcast which has more than 5 million listeners monthly, and which you cohost with LeFrak Queens, NY Legend N.OR.E. 

As someone who started in the streets, literally, with mixtapes, what advice can you give to The Davy V. Blog readers out there who are grinding to reach their dreams?


Do what you love. Do it for love, not for money. And do it consistently.


Any shout outs?


Shout out to the white Miami massive!

DJ EFN and the Crazy Hood Crew

Thursday, April 5, 2018

17 Shots; Greece, NY Cop Jeffrey Fraser Empties Full Clip, Reloads, Fires 4 More Shots at Senior Citizen, Killing Him

Greece, NY Police Officer Jeffrey Fraser 

Robert Litollf, shot at a total of 17 times, and killed by Greece, NY Police Officer Jeffrey Fraser.
Photo: Facebook 

By Davy V.

By all accounts from friends and neighbors, 81-year old Robert Litollf was a devoted husband who loved his wife and family, as well as a good friend.

According to Greece, NY Police Chief Patrick Phelan, early Thursday morning, around 2:09 a.m., one of his officers, Jeffrey Fraser, who had his wife tagging along with him on official police business, responded to Betwood Lane, in the Rochester, NY suburb, after Phelan says Robert Litollf called 911 and said he was going to kill his wife.

After Greece, NY Police Officer Jeffrey Fraser arrived at Litollf’s residence, Phelan says Litollf pointed a .22 caliber rifle at Officer Fraser.

That’s when Chief Phelan says Fraser shot at Litollf a total of 17 times, hitting the 81-year old twice, and killing him instantly.

Of course, there’s no body cam footage of the shooting, or of Robert Litollf allegedly pointing a rifle at Officer Fraser.

That’s because despite the fact that Greece, NY is one of the largest suburban towns in the U.S., with a population of nearly 100,000 residents, the Greece, NY Police Department doesn’t use body cams.

How convenient.

So, we have to believe what the Chief says.

The Chief of the Greece, NY Police Department.

The same Greece, NY Police Department known for its long dark history of corruption.

The same Greece, NY Police Department where one of its officers, Gary Pignato, coerced numerous women into having sex with him, by threatening them with violating their probation if they refused.

The same Greece, NY Police Department where one of its officers, Nick Joseph, was high on cocaine and alcohol, driving  more than 75 miles per hour, when he rear ended a stalled vehicle where a pregnant woman was sitting behind the wheel.

The woman nearly lost her baby who had to be delivered via emergency C-section, while Nick Joseph fled the scene, like a coward, under the cover of night.

The same Greece, NY Police Department whose Chief, Merritt Rahn, aided Sgt. Nick Joseph’s escape, and falsified official records in a coverup attempt.

Greece, NY Police Officer Gary Pignato, Sgt. Joseph, and Chief Rahn were all convicted and served prison sentences.

And Chief Phelan wants you to believe him.

Not so fast Chief.

Greece, NY Police Chief Patrick Phelan

Many questions remain in the execution style killing of an 81-year old man.

81 years old.

A senior citizen.

Shot at 17 times.

17 times.

At a news conference early Thursday morning, Greece, NY Police Chief Patrick Phelan was asked how many bullets officers’ service guns hold.

Chief Phelan replied, “There’s thirteen rounds in the gun.”


Now, math was my least favorite subject in high school, but I know how to add, and subtract.

And I know that if you subtract 13 from 17, you have 4 left.

Which means that Greece, NY Police Officer Jeffrey Fraser emptied a full clip on an 81-year old man.



Then, Officer Fraser inserted another full clip into his .45 Glock Auto.

And fired 4 more.

Seventeen shots.


At an 81-year old man.

A senior citizen.

I guess Greece, NY Police Officer Jeffrey Fraser really wanted to pump an old man full of lead.

Chief Phelan said the rifle Robert Litollf was holding was not loaded.

According to Chief Phelan, the majority of the 17 shots that Officer Fraser fired, struck the Litollf residence where his wife was asleep inside.

Phelan said at least one bullet struck a neighboring home.

Sounds like a trigger-happy cop recklessly firing off shots.

I also find it very interesting that despite Greece, NY Police Officer Jeffrey Fraser firing a total of 17 shots at a senior citizen, he only hit him twice.

In other words, he missed 15 times?


Officer Fraser is either a really poor shot, or he was so far away from Mr. Litollf, that he was never really in any clear danger.

I’m going with the latter.

I will be updating this story.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

If You Haven’t Heard the Hit Single “No Days Off”, You’re Missing Out; A.G. The Motivator Stops by The Davy V. Blog

A.G. The Motivator
Photo Credit: K. Victoria Photography 

By Davy V.

Just when Hip Hop needed it the most, a hard track with a positive message, a young man in Rochester, NY has delivered just that.

His name is A.G. The Motivator and once you listen to No Days Off, you will see why his name is so fitting.

More than just an artist, A.G. is also a motivational speaker.

When I first heard No Days Off on a local Rochester, NY radio station, I knew it was a hit.

But I had no idea that the track was from someone in my hometown, the 585.

I caught up with A.G. to learn a little more about the man behind the catchy hit single, No Days Off.


A.G. Performance 
Photo Credit: K. Victoria Photography

Who is A.G. The Motivator?

I’m a husband, father, son, brother, friend, rapper, and motivational speaker.

Where did you grow up?

I’m originally from Newark, New Jersey aka Brick City. I grew up in Newark, the Vailsburg section, aka Hoodaville. I spent a lot of time on 7th Street. I also lived in East Orange and Irvington. 

Where did you go to school?

I went to 13th Ave. Elementary and Middle School, and I graduated from West Side High on South Orange Ave. in Newark, New Jersey.

When did you move to Rochester, NY?

I moved to Rochester 10 years ago, when I was 22.

When did you first get into music?

I started getting into music when I was about 12 years old.  I started writing my own rhymes and performing when I was 13. My big cousin was a real big Hip Hop head. He would always have all the latest mixtapes. He put me on to AZ, Nas, Cormega, Wu-Tang, Big L, Ice Cube, etc.

When did you write No Days Off?

I wrote the track about a year ago.

How did the song come about?

The song came about when I was sitting up in my attic, reflecting on my life, my dreams, my goals, on everything. After taking people’s advice who I looked up to and admired, they told me to just give up on the rap thing and keep my day job. That day I decided that it was going to be no days off on my dreams. I threw on the beat and I got to work. And that’s when all the magic happened. I was just fed up and tired. So I put all that anger, passion, and aggression into the song.

One of my favorite parts of the song is in the second verse where you say “My worst enemy is me, and the battle is within.” That’s so true. That part right there spoke to me on a personal level. Tell me what you meant.

What I meant by worst enemy, is sometimes we become our own opposition. Because we don’t believe in our own abilities to make our dreams come true, and then we start to oppress ourselves by continuing to practice negative self talk, listening to the voices of people with limited vision. We have to make a conscious decision to cut out anything and anyone that might jeopardize or hinder us from achieving our goals  and ultimately reaching our dreams. Sometimes I don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning but I have to force myself. The key is to commit to doing what you say you’re going to do. That is always my internal struggle.

The first time I heard No Days Off, the track had a strong impact on me. Something about it, not just the message, but the hook, the beat, your delivery, everything about the song just resonated in me. The track has had the same effect on many peopleA.G., what do you think it is about the song that speaks to people?

I originally wrote the song because I needed to hear those words myself. There are so many people out there just like me, just trying to survive, working hard every day to feed their families, and at the same time working on their dream as a side hustle.

As someone who has interviewed Grammy Award winning artists, in fact, the first Hip Hop group to ever win a Grammy, Naughty by Nature, who made several guest appearances on my cable television show Keep It On The Reel, in the 1990’s, I gotta tell you my brother, you have a hit on your hands. No Days Off is a hit.  With that said, where does No Days Off go from here and what’s next for A.G.?

The Grammys is next! Just kidding. That would be dope though. I’m also a motivational speaker, so if anyone out there would like to book me for a speaking engagement or performance, please hit me up. It’s a passion of mine. I’d like to make myself useful and be of service to someone that needs to hear good things. I’m going to keep doing shows, making music, hustling, writing, and providing for my family. And hopefully I’ll have more opportunities to motivate everyone else to do the same.

A.G., what do you want people to take from No Days Off?

I want people to know that anything is possible with God. You have to have faith and believe in yourself and your dreams. Keep working hard, stay at it, be persistent, and stay optimistic.

I know it can be hard for artists to get support from their own city. What’s been the response you’ve received from Rochester, NY?

The City of Rochester has been showing nothing but love. A lot of people have been reaching out to me, telling me stories about how the song motivated and inspired them. I’m just glad I was able to be that voice to help push them when they needed it most. I’m honored and I’m humbled.

A.G. performing with his children on stage at Rochester, NY’s Auditorium Theater.

Photo Credit: Andre A. Jamel Stokes

What’s your production team?

I don’t currently have a production team, I buy my beats online and I go to record them at Blue on Blue Studios in Webster, NY.

Do you have an agent?

Yes, his name is Kobe Brown with Sony Entertainment.

Aside from No Days Off, can your fans look forward to any more tracks?

I have a lot of songs and more hits to come. Just stay tuned!  

Is there an album dropping?

No album in the works yet. We’re just working on the singles.

Any tours or upcoming shows? 

I haven’t been invited on any any tours. I’m currently working with a promoter on a show he’s putting together in May. But if anybody is looking to book me for a show, party, or an event, please contact me at

How about if anyone wants to discuss a record deal?

Please contact my agent, and manager Kobe Brown. 

Do you have anyone you want to shout out?

I want to shout out my wife Keisha, my sons Anthony and Stefan, my daughter Haley, and my baby boy Christian.

Thank you for taking time out and coming on The Davy V. Blog.

Absolutely. I appreciate the opportunity.