And Nicki Minaj? "It looked like everything was real," he said.
The controversy surrounding Lil' Poopy seemed to have died down until one night in May. Family friend and videographer Brian Slay said it was after midnight when he was driving Poopy home after a long evening at a recording studio and a cop pulled them over.
"And he goes, 'Lil' Poopy's out at 1 in the morning, driving around with someone who is under the influence of drugs,'" Slay said. "I said, 'No, that's not true.' And he yells, 'You're high. Child services ought to love this one.'"
Police searched the car but found no trace of marijuana, but the traffic stop led cops to submit another 51-A complaint, which started a new child services inquiry.
"It's just like they've got something against us," Rivera said.
When asked if he was worried about child services taking his son away, Rivera said, "For what? We didn't do nothing illegal."
But since his ABC News interview, according to police, he did do something illegal. Police arrested Rivera last Wednesday on a outstanding battery warrant and for possession of marijuana, which set off a chorus of new criticism of his ability to care for his son. His lawyer said the arrest was simply police harassment.
Rivera asserts he was cleared of all neglect and abuse allegations in both Department of Children and Families investigations.
He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
But even before his arrest, Poopy's father wasn't all defiance. He admitted his son would not be allowed to stay out that late with Slay anymore.
"If he's with me, he can be out as long as he wants, but somebody else? No, he's not allowed," Rivera said.
He also admitted that he has no music business expertise and his hoping to someday hire a manager and a publicist to take over the reins.
"I love my son," Rivera said. "I love him to death."