Dogfighting Video Goes Viral: Detroit Rapper Young Calicoe Show Off His Backyard Operation [Video]

Nathan Francis - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 10:02 p.m. ET

Young Calicoe was probably hoping the “MTV Cribs” style video he filmed in his home in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood video would go viral. Now it has–in the wrong kind of way.

In the video Detroit rapper is seen boasting about the dogfighting and cock fighting operations he runs, even seemingly acknowledging the illegal nature of the activities, reported.

“I hope we don’t get indicted for that, that Michael Vick-type (expletive),” Young Calicoe says at one point in the interview as he led the cameraman into a backyard holding multiple roosters and pit bulls.

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The video, which is credited to Midnight TV Hood Reality spread quickly over the internet. After being uploaded to, the video led to outrage and several commenters vowed to forward the video to the Detroit Police Department. The reaction didn’t take long. By Monday, less than one day after the dogfighting video had been uploaded, the department was already investigating the allegations.

“We just received that today so we are looking into it,” said Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski Monday evening.

The Human Society has announced that it is also looking into the video.

The dogfighting video opens with an unnamed man holding a large amphibian that appears to be alligator. Calicoe then says, “We’ve got an (expletive) zoo over here,” and leads the videographer through the property’s backyard, a kennel area and garage. In the backyard Calicoe pointed out several kennels with pit bulls and another with a rooster.

“We fight them too,” he said of the rooster. “That’s the grand champ right there.”

Pointing to another young pit bull, Young Calicoe says, “He’s a puppy. They champions in the making.”

On Monday Young Calicoe felt the full brunt of the internet’s hate. Commenters on Reddit noted that his Facebook page was filling up with angry comments, and by midday the page had been changed to private.

Though Young Calicoe didn’t respond to’s interview requests, he did appear to defend himself on Twitter against the allegations that the dogfighting video is real. He wrote, “If u find a video of me ‘FIGHTING DOGS’ PLEEEEZE LET ME KNO.”

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