Rapper T.I., who was sentenced to one year and a day behind bars on federal weapons charges last month, has booted fellow rapper Alfamega from his Grand Hustle Records following a published report by SmokingGun.com earlier this week that claims the latter was an informant for the drug enforcement administration during a trial on a heroin trafficker.
"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," T.I., born Clifford Harris, said during an interview on Atlanta’s 107.9 radio station. "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."
T.I. pleaded guilty last March after he was arrested in 2007, attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. The arrest on Oct. 13 of that year occurred blocks from where he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta hours later.
T.I.’s last album, 2008’s “Paper Trail,” has sold1.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.