New York – G. Dep, former Bad Boy Records rapper, has been found guilty of second degree murder for a shooting that occurred in 1993.
The rapper confessed to a shooting two years ago, to which police connected him to a murder.
The rapper, real name Trevell Coleman, proclaimed his innocence in the murder case.
He faces no less than 15 years in prison in the sentencing phase, which is slated for May 8.
The jury came back with a verdict after three days of arguments and another two days of deliberations.
Dep confessed to the shooting in December of 2010, but police connected him to the botched robbery where the shooting resulted in death. Dep said at the time that he was wrought with guilt and stricken with drug addiction at the time of the confession.
“Trevell is a very courageous person, very different of people from this era: he has a conscience and a heart,” G. Dep’s lawyer Anthony Riccio said outside of the court room. “It’s probably one of the most powerful statements that a rapper has ever made, and that’s to be accountable. I told him not to regret his decision, and that God won’t abandon him.”
They say brave. I say anything to get out of a contract with Puff.
Dep signed a contract to create five albums for Diddy’s Bad Boy record label for $350,000 — what to him seemed like a good deal at the time. Dep’s first album, “Child of the Ghetto,” came out in 2001 and did respectably.
But industry experts say it takes about two years, on average, to create and launch a new album, partly because the creative process can’t be rushed and partly because an artist’s sales slump when radio stations and fans get flooded with too many albums to choose from.
Dep’s five-album deal, in reality, was more like a 10-year employment contract — the equivalent of making $35,000 a year working for somebody else. Actually, it’s worse than that, because the money’s gone now — but any new music Dep wants to record will belong to the label. In essence what G Dep signed was a slave deal.
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