Rapper Stitches Accused of Bailing on Show After Arguing With Wife Over Cocaine Stunt

Miami rapper Stitches is Internet-famous for a few things: Namely, his bonkers face tattoos, his cocaine-drenched videos, and rapping "I love sellin' blow!" So maybe it's not a surprise that his latest South Florida show ended after a yeyo controversy and a violent argument with his wife, all caught on video.

The trouble went down on September 5 at Lake Worth nightclub Propaganda. Stitches — a 19-year-old whose real name is Phillip Katsabanis — performed alongside Old Habits, a hardcore band, and Web Three, a rock-rap mashup. The rapper has been trying to build on the viral fame of his video for "Brick in Yo Face," which has amassed millions of pageviews with its hard beats and imagery of a man in a Hellraiser mask pouring cocaine all over a house.

Local filmmakers Christian Duke and Kyle "Kyote" Oloughlin were at the show to capture footage for a "Gangstas & Thugs" documentary about violence in both hardcore and hip-hop. They were filming away as the antics got increasingly unhinged.

"He goes out there and has flour wrapped up and is just throwing it everywhere," filmmaker Duke remembers. After he finished a song about selling cocaine to pregnant women, "He brought out a bag and asked who wanted a bump."

Stitches then chose three females from the audience to come onstage. On the video, another unidentified man on the stage then offered the women a substance they appeared to snort. That's when Stitch's wife, Erica Duarte, apparently began yelling at him from the crowd.

"His wife flipped the fuck out," as Duke puts it.

"She went up to the stage and slapped him," says Propaganda's head bartender, Sara Lyman. "So then he stopped the whole show and threw the mic down."

Lyman says Stitches was then escorted to his car by Matthew Krug, the owner, as an angry mob swarmed him.

Video shows Stitches following a woman outside the club, saying "Erica," and imploring one of the filmmakers to turn off the camera.

His sudden departure means Stitches did not get to attend a meet and greet scheduled for after the show. Lyman estimates that the rapper owes ticket holders for that event about $600 in total.

Katsabanis did not respond to requests for comment via phone and email. Duarte also could not be reached.

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Allie Conti was a fellow at Miami New Times and a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, where her writing won awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's now the senior staff writer at Vice and a contributor to the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Atlantic.