Talk about an ironic turn of events.
Earlier this week, Atlanta-based rapper Cedric "Alfamega" Zellars was outed as a former federal informant "who snitched out criminal cohorts and testified as a government witness at the trial of an Atlanta heroin trafficker," according to TheSmokingGun.com:
Court records show that Zellars began working with law enforcement officials after he was sentenced in September 1995 to 110 months in a federal gun case (Zellars, who had a prior felony robbery conviction, was collared for selling weapons to an undercover federal agent). Zellars "agreed to cooperate with authorities and was debriefed" about the criminal activity of several individuals. "In particular he was debriefed concerning the drug trafficking activities of a Mr. Ali Baaqar," according to a government court filing, a copy of which you'll find below. During his cooperation against Baaqar, Zellars met with a DEA agent and a federal prosecutor, and subsequently testified at trial.
No big surprise there. In many ways, trap rap has become little more than a sub-genre made up of dry snitches who boast of illicit activities on wax. Whether real or imagined, you're bound to draw heat.
But Alfamega's federal informant past drew particular interest because he happens to be signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle label. And, as you know, T.I. is set to begin his year-long prison sentence resulting from a firearms conviction he received at the hands of a bodyguard-turned-informant who snitched him out to the feds two years ago.
So last night, T.I. called into Atlanta's HOT 107.9 to deliver the news that Alfamega is no longer part of the Grand Hustle family:
"Even though all our artists and employees are asked by us to be honest and open about their past history, at no time did Alfa disclose to me or Grand Hustle what has now appeared in the media," Tip said in the statement. "He essentially deceived us by failing to fully disclose the truth about his past, and there is no place in our organization for dishonest and misleading behavior. As I have always said, you must take responsibility for your own actions. We at Grand Hustle can not support or condone the blaming of others for our own mistakes. I hope and pray to God, bless his savings plans, but I don't foresee me or my company playing a role in his personal or professional business."
As MTV's Jayson Rodriguez put it, looks like it's "back to trappin'" for Alfamega. Then again, a known snitch might have a rough go of it trying to work the curb.
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