Drunk Kentucky rapper tased multiple times at traffic checkpoint


by Adam Walser


Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A popular rapper with Kentucky roots is in trouble with the law after allegedly resisting arrest at a traffic safety checkpoint over the weekend.

Kenneth Ryan Anthony, 35, attended Manual High School before becoming a member of the popular rap group Nappy Roots while attending Western Kentucky University.

He's best known by his stage name R. Prophet.

On Monday night, April 23, he's facing multiple charges, including assault on a police officer.

As a member of the rap group Nappy Roots, and most recently, as a solo artist, his music skyrocketed to the top of the charts.

“He kept saying that he was R. Prophet. We had no idea who R. Prophet was,” Kentucky State Trooper Norm Chaffins said.

R. Prophet was arrested early Saturday morning, April 20, under his real name, Kenneth Ryan Anthony, after allegedly confronting troopers at a traffic safety checkpoint outside Elizabethtown.

“He took a defensive stance toward one of our troopers. He was told time and time again to put his hands behind his back. He refused to do that,” Chaffins said.

Eventually troopers used a Taser on him.

“The taser was doing its job, but it wasn't affecting him the way we thought that it should. They were able to tase him a couple of more times,” Chaffins said.

Troopers say Anthony kept fighting.

“They finally tased him again and again; they got him in the back seat of the car. Once they got him in the back seat of the cruiser, he tried to kick the back glass out,” Chaffins said.

Troopers say he rammed his head against the interior of the car and bent the window frame.

“They had to use the seat belts of the interior of the cruiser to restrain his feet,” Chaffins said.

After a round of pepper spray, Anthony was finally subdued, taken to the hospital, and then booked in the Hardin County Jail.

We tried to reach Anthony for comment, but didn't hear back from him.

He broke away from the group Nappy Roots to begin his solo career more than five years ago.