Solar’s Hacker Reveals Himself
Somebody will stop at nothing to expose Solar. On Sunday, AllHipHop reported that the Twitter account of Guru’s controversial associate (@Solar_7Grand) had been taken over by a hacker. And the tweets that followed were far from jesting. The raider, who initially identified himself as a female, was also able to access Solar’s AOL email account, relentlessly tweeting private email exchanges including X-rated photos (allegedly of mistresses) and correspondence suggesting that Solar had stolen a clump of money from Guru.
VIBE tracked down the hacktivist—who called himself “Renaldo”—for a frank discussion on his motivation, the emails he’s holding back and if the tweets will ever end. —Tracy Garraud
VIBE: I’m surprised you’re not…
“Renaldo”: A girl? [Laughs] Well, yeah, I’ve got to hide my identity to make it harder for Solar to find me.
Simply put, why are you hacking Solar’s accounts?
I’m angry because [of the] things popped off on the Internet about Solar. There were rumors going on about Solar selling Guru’s house while Guru was in the hospital. So when people came forward like Solar’s baby mother, I was like, ‘Let’s expose this guy.’ So that’s why I did it.
It took some time to get this interview… why did you finally decide to do it?
I only want the truth out. I don’t want fame or recognition. The truth is the most important thing. Solar in my eyes is a very shady dude and all the things he did to Guru is crazy. He shouldn’t get away with it.
Do you know anyone in Gang Starr personally?
I can’t comment on that. I’m sorry.
Why be so proactive with their situation. Are you a Gang Starr stan?
Well, I’m a big hip-hop fan and I’ve always like Gang Starr, it’s not like I’m the biggest fan, but I always enjoyed all their joints.
Would you have done this if it were based around another hip-hop group?
No, I wouldn’t. This is just a one-time, one-man action.
Have you hacked another celebrity before?
Did someone help you?
Someone did help me a little bit. Someone gave me his email address. So I didn’t hack his computer, I hacked his email account.
The person who helped you, do they not like Solar as well or is this a friend of yours?
The person doesn’t like Solar either, but knew his email address.
Do they know him personally?
I don’t know if he knows Solar personally. It’s just really anonymous.
Umm, I really can’t comment on that. Sorry.
Why do you feel you’re the one to punish Solar?
It was never my choice to do it. It was a random thing. It’s not like I feel like I’m the chosen one. But the opportunity was there.
Did you take some time to think about if you really wanted to hack into his email or was your decision immediate?
It was immediate. When that person said ‘Here is Solar’s email account.’ I said ‘Okay, I’m going to hack that shit.’
So you didn’t ask for it?
No, the person just put it out there.
You’ve leaked proof of him cheating on his wife, evidence that he stole money from Guru, but is there anything left to leak?
I’ve got some lyrics from Guru, I’ve got some beats from Solar. I didn’t listen to them yet, because I don’t want my ears to bleed. Then I’ve got some touchy things that I can leak.
Why are you holding onto them?
It really depends on how things are going. If Solar starts lying again then I can leak those things to let the world see.
What are some of those things?
I’ve got a shitload of pics of him cheating. I don’t think I leaked this completely…. When Guru was in the hospital fighting for his life, Solar sent an email from Guru’s email account to EMI and said, ‘I want to transfer 1K from my bank account to another bank account.’ And that bank account is Solar’s bank account. I’ve got several bank records indicating that he was stealing from Guru. And some documents indicating that all the royalties from EMI went to 7 Grand [his record label]. I’ve got an email showing that he didn’t pay Doo Wop.
Is that the worst?
I really think I did the worst. I exposed all those photos that I’m sure his wife wasn’t happy about. I could expose more things, but that’s just too harsh for the man. He’s going through a hard time now.
“Selling someone’s house while they’re in a coma and pretending to be Guru to change bank statements—Those are pretty illegal things and he should go to jail for that.”
Now how did you get into his Twitter?
Well Solar’s a stupid asshole because he emailed all the passwords to himself a couple of times. All MySpace passwords, all Twitter passwords.
How often are you on the account per day?
It’s like a day job for me at this moment.
Has anyone from his side tried to DM you and tell you to stop?
No, they never contacted me. That’s the crazy part about this. Nobody emailed me or sent me a message.
Is that upsetting?
Yeah, because in every interview he says, ‘Guru is my brother.’ But in the meantime he’s letting everything come out and not defending anything. So yeah, it bugs me that he’s not defending himself at this moment. It’s crazy.
What’s been the response from people on Twitter? Have any celebrities hit you?
Premier did let me know that this is crazy. He was like ‘Wow, look at this.’ Questlove, Doo Wop, Royce da 5’9, Havoc… they’re all following me.
Interesting, did Premier ever DM you?
Has anyone threatened you?
No one has threatened me… yet.
Would you stop if that happened?
I’m not afraid.
A little bit, but I haven’t heard from the FBI or something like that. I’m cool. At least I can go to McDonalds. I’m not afraid of him.
Before doing this, did you look up what legal action could be taken against you?
I’m not going to deny that [this is illegal]. If I get caught it’s going to be a big problem for me because he can sue me for slander. He can sue me for putting his personal information out, stuff like that. So um, yeah, I would be in big trouble.
But it’s worth it to you?
Yeah, I think so. I really do.
You sound confident that you won’t get caught.
Well somebody who emails all his passwords isn’t a smart person, so I’m really not that afraid of something happening.
You’ve also taken over Guru’s Twitter, how did you manage that?
Solar controlled Guru’s email, Guru’s Twitter, Guru’s MySpace. Everything. I actually tweeted the password of 7 Grand’s Twitter just to have some fun.
How do you think everything is going to blow over?
That’s a good question. I’m really surprised Solar didn’t come out with a statement. This dude cant walk outside anymore, he can’t get a hamburger at McDonalds. He can’t do anything. He’s going to be blackballed in the industry, nobody’s going to work with him. But it will fade away eventually.
Is that why you haven’t gotten off Twitter? To keep it from fading?
Yeah, that’s right.
“There are some things I’m not going to leak, out of respect for Guru. [But] I’m holding [Solar’s] Twitter account until he takes it down.”
What would be your happy ending?
The perfect ending is if he’s in jail because he did some evil things. Like selling someone’s house while they’re in a coma and pretending to be Guru to change bank statements. Those are pretty illegal things and he should go to jail for that.
I’ve never seen a celebrity get hacked for so long.
Solar is no celebrity. If Solar’s a celebrity, then I’m the emperor of China.
So Twitter hasn’t reached out to get some type of verification from you?
Not at all. They’re probably like, ‘Yeah, expose this guy!’
Is it easy to hack into a celebrity account?
Most accounts get hacked because of the secret question like how many dogs do you have or what’s your wife’s name. If you know that, then it’s quite easy. Since so many celebrities have that info posted on websites, it’s easy to go on from there.
Do you have a time limit for how long you want to stay on his Twitter? When does it end for you?
Well, I’m not going to leak any emails anymore. I think I leaked all the things that people need to know. There are some things I’m not going to leak, out of respect for Guru. [But] I’m holding his Twitter account until he takes it down.
Would you ever consider exposing yourself?
If Solar’s in jail, then maybe. Then I’ll be like ‘What’s up, Solar. Gotcha!’
If Solar admitted to the things he’s been accused of and made a public apology would you stop this?
No, I still would go on… because I’m smooth like that.