Ramirez's alleged associate Frank Alioto, a descendant of a former San Francisco mayor, was producing hip-hop records at the time of his arrest. But Alioto's former label, Wash House Records, had no connection to Thizz Entertainment.   Yet upon announcing the arrests, authorities highlighted Lott's self-proclaimed status as Thizz Entertainment's chief executive. Listed among the 25 defendants preparing to go trial, Lott is No. 1.   Separating The Music   After the arrests, Hicks' mother and business partners immediately sought to distance the label from Lott.  "It was quite upsetting. I was pretty shocked," said Zelnick, the City Hall Records vice president.

"When I saw Miami (on the list) and they said he was CEO of Thizz, I just couldn't believe it. He's a character, he makes a lot of claims, but he's definitely not CEO."  Although Lott ran his own Thizz imprint, rap music fans said they hadn't seen new music from the rapper in years. Law enforcement officials, according to Thizz spokesman and producer Jay King, have their facts wrong.   "This isn't rocket science. It just takes somebody doing a little bit of police work and a little bit of investigation to recognize these are kids that are just calling themselves Thizz Entertainment because everyone wants to be associated with Mac Dre," he said. "You see a bunch of guys who dress up as Elvis Presley. But are they Elvis? Thizz has only one artist, and his name is Andre Hicks. Anybody else using the name Thizz is just using it arbitrarily, without merit and without authorization or permission."   While Lott bragged about his connections to fame and fortune, in the small city of Vallejo, others knew the Thizz Entertainment craze, and Lott's stake in it, was largely over.  "Vallejo is not a huge city, so everybody knows everybody," said Earlissa Ellis, whose boyfriend, co-defendant Eric Robinson, is charged with supplying heroin to Lott. The two grew up together in the Crest. "Thizz wasn't doing a whole lot of entertainment from what I was seeing."  Lott had claimed to own his own house, but court records show a series of evictions from various homes throughout Vallejo.

Among Solano County landlords, Lott was considered a scam artist, a serial renter who would pay one month's rent and squat in the house until a judge ordered him out. He and his wife had trashed the Hiddenbrooke home, on a serene street overlooking the Vallejo hills, before they were forced to move on in the summer of 2011, leaving thousands of dollars worth of damage and angry neighbors.  "Garbage, maggots, it was gross. Disgusting," said Nicole Cheverier, property manager at Vallejo Realty Management, from which Lott rented one of his LED Low Bay Lamp in 2008. "I was scared to deliver the eviction notice, so I had two officers come with me."   According to Ellis, the family moved into a downtown motel. Lott and his family did not respond to a request for comment.