Life imitates art? As Big Apple news outlet The Gothamist points out, sometimes life imitates rap. In this touching story, a couple of young men create a very skillfully produced music video based on a popular rap song, showing them driving around to rob people. Hilarity ensues.

In an apparent attempt to one-up Tilda Swinton’s new nap-taking art gig, five men who made a violent rap video showing themselves robbing someone at gunpoint have been arrested…for repeatedly robbing people at gunpoint.

The video, called “The Joy” and uploaded to YouTube in 2011, shows three men in a Mercedes who are about to commit a robbery; two men, wearing ski masks get out and rob another man at gunpoint in a building hallway, then getting back in the car and speed off. The video’s based on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s song of the same name, it’s artistically shot and has racked up over 2,000 likes. But it looks like the stars took method-acting to the next leve—cops say all three stars and two other men involved in the video’s making have committed a number of armed robberies in the Bronx and Westchester County.

Apparently the job of catching up with these diabolically clever criminals was made somewhat easier for the police by the fact that the Mercedes Benz used by the gangsters in the video was the same car they used in the real life robberies.

A friend of mine who works in local law enforcement once gave me a rather sobering warning regarding crime in America. He said that the many stories we see on shows like “World’s Dumbest Criminals” and the amusing, tales of the weird type news coverage on every media outlet really don’t touch on the real problems we face in law enforcement. These amusing and often repeated stories make for fun discussions around the water cooler, but they don’t cause the police too much stress because the people involved are, well… really stupid. The serious problem, he warned, is with the criminals they rarely catch, because there actually are some smart ones out there.

Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

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