B.G. formerly of the HOT BOyz and Cash Money who once fought a heroin drug addiction, won’t see the light of day again until he is almost 50 years old. He didn’t kill anyone. He didn’t harm anyone, but he did however disobey the law.
A 31-year-old local rapper who gained international acclaim for his gritty songs detailing drug dealing, violence and a no-snitch mantra was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison for gun possession and witness tampering. Christopher Dorsey, better known as B.G. or Baby Gangsta, was an original member of the 1990s rap super group the Hot Boyz. His most recent album, “Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood,” came out in 2009 on Atlantic Records.
In federal court Wednesday, the hefty Dorsey wore a jail jumpsuit, and for unknown reasons, sat in a wheelchair. His demeanor was a far cry from the grinning, on-top-of-the-world hip-hop hero who drove fancy cars and cavorted with scantily-clad women in music videos.
Dorsey had previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm during a 2009 traffic stop in eastern New Orleans. But later, he obstructed justice by pushing one of his two associates to falsely claim ownership of the gun.
Dorsey confessed to the crimes but prosecutors made clear that he was not cooperating, staying in line with the “no-snitch” philosophy he so often espoused in his songs.
In “I Ain’t Tellin”, he raps: “I won’t snitch, never tell, if the law comes and get me, I’m gonna sit my ass in jail.”
And in one his recent videos, Dorsey makes an apparent reference to his own case, proclaiming “This f–king ratting s–t, man, this s–t here is getting out of hand,” he says. “Man, it’s call T-Y-C. Take Your Charge.”
Prosecutors have linked Dorsey in court filings to two of the city’s most high-profile alleged murderers, Telly Hankton and Walter Porter. Dorsey name-checks both men in videos posted online.
These videos became a much-debated topic in the courtroom. Prosecutors seeking a 25-year prison sentence pointed to them as evidence of Dorsey’s wide-ranging criminal activity.
“These videos are horrendous, especially in this city right now,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurice Landrieu told the judge Wednesday. He talked of the city’s “cycle of violence,” and argued that Dorsey was “profiting off it.”
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about society and the power of the law. We live about 100 years (not really but we hope) and during that time life is pretty much rough for extended periods of time. We go through periods when we’re happy and some periods when we’re sad.. Some people are nice people, others tend to be quite mean. The point being life is hard enough as it is without adding imprisonment to the equation.
I don’t know if some people can necessarily control their behaviors no more than a retarded person can help that they were born retarded. So, is jail the correct place for everyone who disobeys the law?
In this case yes B.G. did disobey the law, but they convicted him on his rap videos.. That’s ridiculous. So he is associated with murderers in his videos therefore he deserves to go to jail? The thing about hood dudes, is seldom do they remove themselves from the environment that they are a direct product of. They don’t want to sell out. But by not changing their surroundings they are surrendering themselves to the same damnation of their former life.. You are who you hang around.. You’ll only get as far as the five people you spend the most time with. That’s exactly what happened here.. B.G. hung around thugs and got sentenced like a thug.
Either way they are taking 14 years out of this mans life. Is that really necessary? Who did he harm? The world we live in where humans have the power to lock up and enslave other humans in the name of code and law is pretty insane. 14 years for being a gun-toting gangsta video rapper..
14 years in jail may not be a death sentence but what it does is kill you on the inside.. Jail is no place to be. What is he going to do when he gets out in 14 years? Try to make a new album, work at McDonald’s, sell drugs? He won’t have many options, so he’s bound to repeat the cycle.
Frankly you can molest a child and get less time than this. If you think the color of this young man’s skin has nothing to do with his sentencing then you don’t realize the society that you live in. Slavery may be appear to be legally abolished, but all they really did was change the perception of it.