Blind rapper gets 2 years for being a felon with a firearm

Wayne Frisby was taken into custody Jan. 4 after failing to show up for sentencing in late September.

Mac Wayne (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Mac Wayne (Washington State Department of Corrections)

EVERETT — Justice struck swiftly early this month when it finally caught up with Mac Wayne, the blind rapper from Snohomish County who seems to have more luck cranking out felonies than he does producing chart-topping hits.

The rapper, whose legal name is Wayne Frisby, was taken into custody Jan. 4 when a team of detectives converged on a Marysville mobile home where he allegedly was selling meth and heroin. Search warrants show detectives seized meth, pills, money and firearms.

At the time, Frisby was wanted on a no-bail warrant for failing to show up at a scheduled sentencing in late September. He pleaded guilty in July to being a felon in possession of a firearm, while on corrections supervision.

Less than a week after his arrest, Frisby was in front of Judge Janice Ellis, who sent him away to prison for close to two years on the weapons charge, court papers show.

The sentencing marked the latest chapter in Frisby’s Snohomish County Superior Court saga.

Since 2009, he has racked up four other felony convictions, mostly for drugs and weapons violations. That’s in addition to arrests for alleged acts of assault, mostly involving women. In one of those cases, a SWAT team was called to coax him from a house and into custody.

Frisby bills himself as “the undisputed Ray Charles of rap, 100 percent blind and 100 percent raw.” The Everett man, 33, reportedly lost his sight after shooting himself in the head as a teen.

He’s attracted some attention for his music and a YouTube mini biopic, in which he bragged about selling drugs, including to his own mom.

Frisby in 2013 created a bit of a stir when he released a single “Catch me if you can,” taunting the police who were then looking for him on a warrant.

In reality, he has a habit of attracting law enforcement attention. For example, one of his arrests came after he started talking with the cops with a “tooter,” a small pipe used for smoking drugs, stuck behind his ear.

A “tooter” also factored into his most recent conviction. Frisby had one with him in February when Everett police spotted him and two other men in a car. He got out while officers were dealing with the driver, went to a nearby storage unit, and locked himself inside.

After his arrest, officers obtained a search warrant for the car and recovered a Glock handgun plus suspected heroin from the area where Frisby had been seated, court papers show. Later at jail, Frisby was suspected of having smuggled in heroin, and providing it to another inmate.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@herald Twitter: @snorthnews.

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