Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Cavlar -- Fish and More, More, More
Leval (Cavlar) Lyde, a resident of the rough Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, honed his rap skills while serving time on an assault and weapons charge in the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island. Released in the early 2000s, the aspiring rapper became associated with the independent label Earthquake Camp Records and the "Step Your Game Up" underground DVDs which featured interviews and videos with top hip-hop stars. In 2004, he toured with Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins and was featured on WBLS' Wendy Williams Show. Interestingly, Cavlar frequently appeared on homemade underground "beef" videos in which rappers engaged in a particularly noxious variation of the dozens in which threats are rapped to beat, rob, and kill one another. Readily accessible on YouTube, one Cavlar video features the rapper and rival Uncle Murder in a heated exchange. Whether such viral showdowns factored in the father of three's violent death on March 25, 2008, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is pure speculation. According to differing press reports, the 36-year-old Cavlar, a regular at Fish & Crustaceons Quality Seafood, left the restaurant around 5:00 P.M. eating a sandwich and was shot once in the chest as he walked to his parked car. Another account had the rapper engaged in a confrontation on the street with a gunman and two of his friends who all fled after the shooting. Cavlar died at Brooklyn Hospital Center. One anonymous web poster to the "Save Brooklyn Now" blog wrote, "[Cavlar] ran across the same type of individual that he himself was and he got caught with a sandwich instead of a gun in his hand. Don't get it twisted, it could easily have been the other three people who approached him that could've been left on the ground." Tragically, Nancy Williams, a 27-year-old mother of three, was fatally shot on March 30, 2008, while handing out "In Remembrance of Cavlar" buttons at a makeshift memorial and Irish wake for the murdered rapper in an outside courtyard in his Bed-Stuy neighborhood. The woman was struck when a lone gunman aimlessly fired 12 shots from an automatic weapon through the yards behind the Bedford Stuyvesant Garden Houses, a housing complex, into the public gathering. To date, no arrests have been made in either case.