Lil Boosie Charged With Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

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Maybe you’ve only heard of Lil Boosie in passing, or perhaps you’ve never heard of him at all. His songs have never earned regular local radio play, and his influence west of the Rockies is usually relegated to street rap diehards and those who read their RSS feed intravenously.

But in the South, his influence is omnipresent, crossing racial and class divides. He’s a cult figure with a mass following, a high-top faded and ferocious performer perennially enduring some sort of struggle (whether it’s women, diabetes or triumphing over illegal downloading to buy a candy-painted car).

From his first days as a member of C-Loc’s Concentration Camp clique to being promoted as the next Trill star by Pimp C, to his classic mixtapes, to a trio of solo albums released on Asylum Records, Boosie has earned a reputation as one of the rawest rappers in the South, a region known for unfiltered flamboyant personas.

Alas, it’s also a region known for the frequency with which its most popular artists are incarcerated. Over the last few years, T.I., Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Mystikal and Lil Boosie have been incarcerated for various indiscretions. Yet Boosie’s charges trump them all.

While it’s dificult to parse his current legal woes, at the moment he is facing charges ranging from ordering the murder of rivals (a charge that could get him the death penalty) to various conspiracy charges to distribute and smuggle narcotics into a federal penitiary. And on Monday, he was indicted on charges of trying to smuggle codeine into a second state prison. The indictment comes from a May 25 charge that Boosie and two local men had been attempting to smuggle in the banned substance. If convicted, it could lead to two to four years being tacked onto Boosie’s prison time.

Ignoring speculation about his guilt or innocence, it’s sad to watch one of the most singular voices of his generation get shut down. With his sinister amphibian croak, Boosie rapped about many of the same tropes as his peers, but he always conveyed greater anguish, sincerity and unfiltered passion. He created music to triumph over adversity, which resonated with anyone going through any sort of woe. He also stole the show on “Wipe Me Down,” which remains one of the funnest songs of all time.

Recently, a bootleg mixtape compilation of his most recent work has cropped up. Downloading it is recommended. Of local interest is “California,” a paean to the streets of L.A. and its most famous cash crop.

Ja Rule Is Going To Prison

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Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison, but he’s leaving fans with an album on the way.

The rapper-actor – whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap’s stars in the early 2000s – is set to be sentenced Wednesday to two years in a New York prison.

“My last day out,” he tweeted Tuesday afternoon, adding that he was spending it at the movies with his family.

Ja Rule, 35, pleaded guilty in December to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, resolving a nearly 4-year-old case.

Police said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in a rear door of his $250,000-plus Maybach sports car, which they’d said they’d stopped for speeding as he left a star-laden concert at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre on July 22, 2007. Rap superstar Lil Wayne was arrested separately after headlining the same show. He later pleaded guilty to the same charge, spending about eight months in a city jail last year.

“Laws are laws,” Ja Rule said Monday on “Good Day New York,” which airs on New York’s Fox 5 TV station. “There’s nothing I could really do but own up to the situation.”

“You know, I try not to regret anything I do in life, because you go through life and you do things, and you man up to them. You own them,” he added.

Born Jeffrey Atkins, Ja Rule emerged as a hardcore rapper in the late 1990s but then became known for his collaborations with female pop singers, including Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti. He scored a best rap album Grammy Award nomination in 2002 with “Pain Is Love.” He also has appeared in movies, including the 2001 film “The Fast and the Furious” and 2003′s “Scary Movie 3.”


He’s recently been wrapping up a new album, “Pain Is Love 2,” but he told “Good Day New York” he’s also been trying to prepare himself mentally for prison. He lives in Upper Saddle River, N.J., with his wife and three children.

Meanwhile, he also pleaded guilty in a New Jersey federal court in March to failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income. He faces up to three years in prison in that case, though his lawyers are expected to try to arrange for his sentences to be served at the same time.

Ja Rule had some previous brushes with the law, including pleading guilty to assault for punching someone at a Toronto nightclub in 2004. He was fined $1,200.

He recently told TMZ.com he plans to keep busy behind bars by writing a book, getting his GED and possibly taking up the guitar.

“I’m gonna try to make good of my time while I’m inside,” he said.

His expected sentence will make him the latest in a long line of rappers to do time. Hip-hop stars including Tupac Shakur, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Shyne, Mystikal, Gucci Mane and T.I. have been in jail or prison for periods ranging from months to years.

Under state prison policies, Ja Rule might be able to shave up to six months off his sentence by meeting requirements for good behavior and other standards.

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T.I. Helps Families Reconnect With Fellow Inmates

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While back in jail, Atlanta rapper T.I. has been attempting to right his wrongs and help out fellow inmates.

Over this Memorial Day weekend, T.I. sponsored a bus trip for 46 family members of 14 fellow inmates to visit the Forest City Correctional Facility.

“I’ve been blessed to receive tons and tons of mail from my fans, friends, and family, as well as get visits on a regular basis. Unfortunately, some guys aren’t as fortunate. There are a lot of good dudes in here that haven’t been able to see there loved ones in years. Their families can’t afford the trip so I wanted to help out.”

The families of the inmates took part in the bus trip dubbed To See A Love One, boarded a chartered bus in Atlanta and Alabama on Saturday (May 28) and visited the prison on this past Sunday and Monday.

T.I. is currently serving an 11-month sentence for violation of probation after an L.A. drug test. In September of 2010, T.I. and his wife Tiny were pulled over and arrested for a driving violation and drug possession in L.A. The charges were dropped and T.I. was found in violation of his probation, which sent him back to prison.

T.I. is set to be released from prison on September 29.

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T.I. Back In Prison

Posted: Tuesday – November 2, 2010

T.I. officially started his 11-month bid in an Arkansas prison.

The rapper entered in the facility this afternoon, according to sources.

T.I., real name Clifford Harris, was forced back to jail after he was found in violation of his probation in September. He was then arrested in Los Angeles with the drug ecstasy on his person.

A spokesperson told TMZ that the rapper will go through a normal entry process, including a prison photo, bunk assignment an will have a “community shower situation.”

T.I. has roughly 300 hours of phone time per month.

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Rapper T.I. Sent Back To Jail For 11 Months

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POSTED: FRIDAY – OCTOBER 15, 2010

T.I.‘s road to redemption will include an 11-month pit-stop in prison.

A federal judge in Atlanta revoked the rap superstar’s probation in reaction to his arrest last month in Los Angeles on suspicion of drug possession, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office told the Associated Press. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, Jr., had been on probation after serving 10 months in prison on weapons charges.

Before the judge’s ruling, the Grammy winner had pleaded for mercy, telling the court that he needs help for drug addiction.

The sentence caps an emotional week for the 30-year-old Harris, who talked a suicidal man off the ledge of an Atlanta skyscraper Wednesday.

“I told him it ain’t that bad. It’ll get better, to put the time and effort into making it better,” T.I. said told the AP Wednesday. “I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around.”

The rapper and record producer documented his drug addictions and legal problems on the MTV reality series, “T.I.‘s Road to Redemption.”

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Rapper T.I. Stops Suicide Attempt

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Posted: Thursday – October 14, 2010

Clifford Harris is one of the richest and most successful men in music. Of course, you might not know Clifford Harris by his real name, but by his rap name: T.I. He’s done a lot of things in his short lifespan, from releasing hit records and founding a highly successful nightclub to spending time in jail on gun charges. Now T.I. can add another star to his CV for his successful tenure as a suicide prevention counselor. T.I. was able to talk a suicide jumper off the roof of a 22-story building in Atlanta yesterday.

T.I., an Atlanta, Georgia, native, heard about the potential suicide jumper on the building from a report on a local radio station. So, he went down to the building. Rather than just gawk, T.I. offered to help. He was able to lure the man off the edge of the building with the promise of a face-to-face conversation. The two talked, and the man no longer wanted to leap to his death. I bet he works at Foxconn.

As for T.I., I imagine this will only help his case as he faces sentencing on drug-related charges in Los Angeles while on parole. Hopefully being a good Samaritan will help him stay out of the pokey again. This is a pretty good deed to do, so good for you, T.I.!

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