A Miami-Dade circuit court judge modified a man’s probation on Thursday, giving him more freedom to work on his rap career.
Theorun Eason, whose rap name is Ron Slyda, came to court with copies of handbills and iTunes seller reports in hopes of getting an adjustment to his curfew, so he could attend studio sessions.
“My probation officer violated me based on the negative preconceived notion about people in the profession of hip-hop,” said Eason.
The rapper was placed on two years of probation in August for a fraudulent car registration decal. His probation order includes community control, where he has to wear a GPS ankle bracelet and follow an 8 p.m. curfew. Eason is under the management of an indie music label, Valholla Entertainment, who has paid and arranged studio sessions and performances for him.
Eason and his attorney, Omari Ruddock also armed with a statement from Valholla, asked the judge to extend his curfew on nights that he has to record.
Judge Miranda Tinkler Mendez was impressed by Eason’s music accomplishments, but warned him to stay out of trouble.
“I don’t have a preconceived notion about anything,” Mendez said. “You have to be careful and understand, one of the conditions of probation is not to be around illegal activity.”
Eason told the judge he understood and explained he was restricted by the GPS tracking device.
Mendez said she could approve an 11 p.m. curfew on nights he had to record or perform, or he could make prior arrangements to record early, but he has to present all of the information ahead of time to his probation officer.
“I will approve an order written specifically that will only extend to those scheduled days,” she said.
Eason, who the court has labeled a “career criminal,” said working under a management group has taught him more discipline and given him more opportunities.
The rapper has sold over 1,000 tracks. He said he hopes to continue to build his fan base and start doing paid shows in the near future.