Roc Royal's "Amazing" Was a Hit in 2015 — a Year Later He Was in Prison

In 2015, young R&B prospect Roc Royal aka Santo August, found some success with his track “Amazing.” Now he is in jail but why? Details inside.

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Jul. 24 2020, Updated 11:44 a.m. ET

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Too much too fast: it's the story of every single episode of VH1's Behind the Music series and every predictable artist's biopic that has ever graced a screen. For Roc Royal aka Santo August — it just happened a little more quickly than most.

Remember Mindless Behavior? They were an R&B boy band who had tracks like "Mrs. Right" and "My Girl." One of the group's members, Roc Royal, decided to depart and go out on his own. Fans of the singer want to know: why is he in jail?

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Roc Royal was arrested in February 2016.

Roc was arrested for robbery and battery and was sentenced to two years in prison. Many of his fans feared for his safety in prison, as per this Lipstick Alley forum post: "Hopefully he learns his lesson. he's too cute to be in jail anyways, and he's only 5'5 yall," intimating that he'd be in serious trouble against larger inmates while incarcerated.

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Rumor also had it that Mindless Behavior's management didn't exactly have the best interests of their talent in mind, but again, this comes from a comment in a post regarding the group: "but what I have heard is that after MB was done they had virtually no money. all the tours, singles sold, album and pretty much had nothing to show for it."

It's said that Roc Royal was "fired" from the group in December of 2014 for "beating up a drug addict over money...and accusations of him stealing a producer's car." 

While the group's lead singer, Prodigy, was the first to leave the quartet to pursue a solo career reportedly for being "bullied" and "mistreated" by other members, Roc's foray into the music business on his own was the most successful of all the members of Mindless Behavior.

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His track, "Amazing," currently has over 513,000 views on YouTube, and, in terms of production quality and overall sound, trumps tracks like Prodigy's, "Valentine" according to fans of the original outfit. You can check out the two videos below and compare.

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So why is Roc Royal still in jail?

Although he was eligible for release in Spring of 2017 pending good behavior, the musician is still in prison, and followers are constantly commenting on his Instagram posts (apparently he's afforded that privilege while locked up) asking when he is going to be released. 

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Several of his Instagram posts are also dedicated to his son, Royal, whom he had with girlfriend Desiree Twyman. They also welcomed another son, Bronx, in 2018. Roc is still actively posting on social media, but there's no indication as to when he's getting out. 

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While several Mindless Behavior fans have expressed their support for Roc, others don't feel the same way: "Smh , he's nothing more then [sic] a goodbye rat. How do you go from a somewhat successful singing group to this. I can't believe Desiree is pregnant again , she should have learned her lesson the first time. I still can't believe she was 18 messing with a 16/15 yr old and got pregnant," one woman wrote regarding the singer.

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