Rap veteran Snoop Dogg has shared his insight and overall reaction to rappers like T.I. and Lil Wayne being the latest emcees to put down the microphone for jail sentences.
From Snoop’s perspective, artists should be smarter in their crimes.
Snoop’s matured and mellowed over the years, which means he sees the recent rash of imprisoned rappers — including T.I., Gucci Mane, and, soon, Lil Wayne — as the product of youthful indiscretions. “Rappers going to jail is like athletes using steroids: It’s gonna happen. [But] I feel like the rappers that are getting caught up in going to jail don’t have anybody going ‘ay, we ain’t going there. That ain’t going happen tonight.’ It’s them in control until they lose control. I say to all the rappers out there that’s getting caught up in trouble: just be a little smarter, a little slicker. You just gotta know how to move.” (New York Magazine)
In light of artists like Wayne and Lil Boosie doing jail time, SOHH spoke with Lil Scrappy to get his take on Southern artists being behind bars.
“I don’t know how to react cuz, ’cause it’s like d*mn, if anybody noticed, this is the most rappers that done got locked up,” Scrappy explained. “I’ma tell you what it is though, it’s from certain n*ggas feeling like ‘I’m a rapper, I can do whatever the f*ck I wanna do,’ and not saying I’m a boss and do whatever I wanna do. If you a boss and you doing whatever you wanna do, you still gonna do it where you gonna be good, you not gonna just be ‘Oh, I f*cked up cuz, now I got eight years.’ Nah, not like that, they gonna be like ‘Eh, I did whatever I had to do, I’m good.’ N*ggas be going out their character, cuz. They doin’ sh*t they wouldn’t even do and they get f*cked up.” (SOHH)
Young Money’s Drake also shared his reaction to Wayne’s time last October.
“He’s dealing with it well,” Drizzy revealed in an interview. “Wayne’s not usually gonna open up emotionally and tell you how he’s really feeling about anything. He’s kinda more concerned about getting as much music as he possibly can, so that when he’s in there, people are still satisfied musically with Lil Wayne product, and that’s just the mind of a true businessman. I’ll just do what I can to keep the whole Young Money/Cash Money team going, and I just want to play my part as a team member and keep the brand strong until the boss gets home…He’s like superhuman. I don’t think anything could really break his concentration or his zone when he’s in there. I definitely didn’t think this would be the outcome of it, but I hope it will add to him selling a million records again. It’s an unfortunate situation and I hope that he’ll be able to position it where his release is a day where everyone’s excited and they’re just excited about his new album. I hope he manages to market it the right way.” (Rap-Up)
The outcry of fans’ protests recently resulted in arrests last month.
Off-duty police officers saw the suspects spray-painting “Free Lil Wayne” on the side of a building in the 900 block of Conti Street around 9 p.m. and notified the New Orleans Police Department, according to spokesman Janssen Valencia. The men also placed a banner across Royal and Canal streets calling on authorities to release Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch, a Baton Rouge rapper who pleaded guilty in September to a marijuana possession charge and is currently in prison. The group also placed police barricades and metal garbage cans in the 100 block of Burgundy to halt traffic. When officers arrived, the suspects fled but were apprehended nearby, Valencia said. The six subjects were charged with disturbing the peace, resisting arrest by flight and criminal damage to property. (NOLA News)