High-ranking Dallas Police Lieutenant Regina Smith is under fire today, not for excessive force or being a dirty cop, but because of her side-hustle: rapping.
Smith, who oversees burglary and theft investigative detectives, goes by the moniker “Lucille Baller” and spins lyrical tales of being a powerful woman (packing a gun) who won’t take any mess from anyone.
In one song, republished on the Dallas Morning News site, Lucille Baller raps:
“Lucy keep it real, I’m going to tell you like it is. Don’t push Ms. Lucy, because you won’t like the consequences,” she raps on the video. “Lucy got a drawer full of all day suckers, don’t mess with me, or I will shoot the —- ‘cuz Lucille Baller she been to hell and back.”
While Smith’s lyrics are no different than the typical braggadocios rhymes of most rappers, officials at the Dallas Police Department aren’t so sure her alter ego is fit for service. Smith was recently placed on administrative leave after reporters at the Dallas Morning News found Smith’s website and songs.
According to Smith, her songs have “nothing to do with the police department,” but Randy Blankenbaker, Police Chief David Brown’s chief of staff, said the department is “aware of this website and its content, is currently reviewing the issue and will take action consistent with our findings.”
Although some may criticize Smith for possibly jeopardizing her career, her hobby grew out of a tragedy, the death of her husband.
Smith began her record label, Big Rush In, after her husband Norman Smith, a fellow police officer known as “Big Russian,” was killed in the line of duty. According to the Lieutenant, the label is a labor of love and has helped her deal with her husband’s death.
Since his murder, Smith says she’s been in a “state of deep remorse and grief,” and has been “alone in my struggle as far as support from the department, but I have not been alone when it comes to friends.”
While it may not be the best outlet for her grief, Lt. Smith does have a First Amendment right to express herself. And if Rick Ross can go from being a corrections officer to a rap kingpin, then why can’t she?