A former CL music intern cracked a joke the other day about being sick of watching rappers play musical chairs with these revolving door jail sentences. No sooner than one comes out, another goes in. The criminal justice system must be tired of prosecuting wayward rappers, too. Because in a new twist, charges stemming from Radric "Gucci Mane" Davis' arrest in Atlanta on Tuesday were dropped today "for want of prosecution."
Probably just legalese that, loosely translated, means Fulton County is tired of wasting taxpayer money to help repeat offender rap artists promote their albums. Having an extensive rap sheet has seemingly worked wonders for many a rap career. Just two weeks ago, the No. 1 album on the charts belonged to Lil Wayne (I Am Not a Human Being, no really, that's the name of the album), whose Rikers Island bid ends tomorrow. Meanwhile on Monday T.I. started his 11-month sentence in the same Arkansas federal prison he was released from less than a year ago. The title for his upcoming release, King Uncaged, has been changed to No Mercy.
While Gucci is used to watching from behind bars as his albums rise on the charts, he's been free to promote his September release The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted. But maybe Gucci decided to ditch the awkward interviews for a little free promotion by wilding out in his Hummer on Northside Drive yesterday. He racked up seven charges along the way, including damage to gov't property; obstruction of law enforcement officer; driving without a license; reckless driving; failure to obey traffic control device; failure to maintain lane; and driving on the wrong side of roadway.
Although Gucci will be released some time today from the same Fulton County Jail he got out of in May, he isn't totally off the hook. Judge R. Roberts said in court today that he's going to keep the charges on ice for now, with the possibility that they could be reinstated at a later date.
Brrrr. Now that's cold.
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