John Forte is Out

- By Bossip Staff

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Our boy Forte just touchdown on the streets after Bush pardoned him a month ago:

Grammy winning producer and rapper John Forte was released today (December 22) after serving seven years in prison on a drug smuggling conviction. The rapper gained his freedom after singer Carly Simon, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and others assisted in getting the rapper’s conviction commuted via a pardon from President George Bush. Forte learned of his sentence being overturned on November 24 by a fellow inmate who watched the news on CNN. The Brooklyn rapper began his promising career in 1996 by writing two songs on the Grammy-winning, nine-times platinum Fugees’ classic The Score. Now 33-years-old and with a new lease on life, Forte’s lawyer explains that the rapper/producer wants to deter young people from following the path that landed him a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years in federal prison.“He wants to help young kids understand they have options and help deter them from making some of the mistakes he made,” Forte’s lawyer Aarti Tandon told The New York Post. Forte’s former college roommate and longtime friend Talib Kweli is set to celebrate the former Refugee All-Star’s release tonight at BB Kings in New York City.

Glad to see a brother loose. We are sure that with the street cred that his 7 yr bid brings, rappers who were not even out of diapers are knocking down his door to get him featured now. We hope he leaves that crook Wyclef alone. He can probably add some substance and a newer approach to the failings that go on now in hip-hop.

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  • blaq

    John Forte report directly to the studio!!!! Hip Hop needs you.

  • circa-81

    @ Blaq

    Ditto.

  • huss

    Dude was caught RED handed w/ millions of dollars of LIQUID COCAINE!!!

    R U KIDDING ME?!

    PARDON MUMIA!!!

  • BlackLADYDoctor

    I have no idea why you’re glad to see this ‘brother’ loose, because there are a million dope dealers just like him locked up on lesser charges. Thank goodness he had the UPPER CRUST private school boyfriend connections otherwise he would be just another statistic like the rest of the drug king pins in the clinker.’

    FREE MUMIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING ASSATA HOME!!!!!!!!!! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!!!! While your at it FREE my great uncle LARRY HOOVER!

  • LOVE JONES FOR MR. PRESIDENT

    Um, and why exactly was he pardoned? He was guilty right??

    Sidebar: I thought that was a picture of Meki Phifer from 8 mile

  • Playlist

    Bush only did this to get cool points with Black people

  • 2DamTrill

    Fuk Bush, and Fuk Arnold schwarzenegger for not pardoning Tookie williams.

  • blaq

    @2damtrill

    For real, honestly John was pardoned because bush is drug dealer too

  • hmm

    the pardoned him because he had some white power behind him and his motive in getting caught had nothing to do with ANYTHING that resembled black empowerment…

    black empowerment movements that call for isolated solidarity are a security threat to white society at large. When you’re in there for killing white people out of revenge because they were plotting, conspiring, against your or your community…That’s why Tookie Williams and Mumia didn’t get out.

    Forte went in on some different BS.

  • beautiful b

    @ blaq

    thats what im saying!!!
    BIANCA HAND ON HIP MEGAPHONE IN HAND…MR FORTE UR NEEDED IN THE STUDIO SIR.

  • Soul Touch

    …I was so in love with this man…

  • beautiful b

    @ Soul Touch

    LMAO…i know what u mean…his look just says he can keep a secret…let me leave it at that.

  • http://gallery.me.com/silkyj#100088 Txhustla15 (Austin's Finest)

    huss

    Dude was caught RED handed w/ millions of dollars of LIQUID COCAINE!!!

    R U KIDDING ME?!

    PARDON MUMIA!!!

    ** 100 percent agree also with Tookie as well

  • taj

    I thought that Mekhei Phifer when he was in 8 mile lol

  • Soul Touch

    @beautiful

    LMAO, I feel you on that one.

  • always knew

    I’m glad he’s out…even though h had a questionable past…

    And YES, I cosign that “FREE MUMIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING ASSATA HOME!!!!!!!!!! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!!!! While your at it FREE my great uncle LARRY HOOVER!”

    I wholeheartedly support that,as well!!

  • NeW OrLeANs QuEeN

    Blackladydoctor LMAO at you!but you speak the truth

  • Capital G

    RASS BUMBOCLAAT HAFFI PAY DEM WHA DO DI DIRTY WERK FI IM NUH…YOOT FAGITABOUT!

  • queendukes

    head to the studio!

  • DJ's Mom

    All I can say is…don’t mess this blessing up!

  • http://deleted CriticXtreme

    It was all an insane situation. Still Welcome home, John Forte!

  • Bill Bigsby

    about time.

  • NY2CaliLvn

    John Forte is lookin quite Yummy. Welcome home Black Man

  • J

    Damn he fine.

  • http://myspace.com/mockrockstar Mock Rock Star

    Good to see U out bro…I remember I was writing U this long ass letter while U were in jail back in ’03 about how much I admired U, then I thought, “I don’t want a man behind bars” anywho…Forte U’rethe age that Jesus was said to do his ministry so if it’s your time to revive hip-hop then I’m glad U survived…now leave the drugs alone because they weren’t your friend…

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