L.A. rapper 03 Greedo has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in prison on gun and drug charges.
According to Pitchfork, Greedo was initially charged in 2016 with possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The arrest followed a traffic stop in Amarillo, Texas, when an officer claimed to smell the odor of marijuana coming from the car. A report of the arrest was detailed by a local ABC affiliate in 2016, estimating the value of the methamphetamine upwards of $80,000.
On Wednesday last week he pled guilty to both charges in a Amarillo, Texas, courthouse and was sentenced to 20 years in prison — as Pitchfork confirmed with his management. Greedo has been ordered to return to court June 27 for further proceedings.
“03 Greedo will be releasing his music and continuing to change the world through his unique perspective and art during his incarceration,” TK Kimbro with R Baron Group told Pitchfork. “We are dedicated to keeping his legacy intact and growing until he’s back on the streets.”
Earlier this year, Greedo was named one of Billboard‘s top 10 hip-hop and R&B artists to watch in 2018 and is part of a new wave of rappers who in recent months have jumped from relative obscurity to seven-figure major-label contracts. Last December, he told Billboard his December deal with Alamo/Interscope was for $1.7 million.
Last Thursday Greedo posted to Twitter apologizing for letting his fans down. “At least we got some great music before i left yall,” he wrote. “I wish i coulda stayed with my family but life isnt fair to some of us. Plenty music will be released while im gone. Promise me you will love me forever.”
He also shared a video on Instagram over the weekend clarifying rumors he is not yet in prison, explaining his sentence won’t start until the summer and he has plans to tour before then.
Sorry i let my fans down. At least we got some great music before i left yall. I wish i coulda stayed with my family but life isnt fair to some of us. Plenty music will be released while im gone. Promise me you will love me forever
— #GodLevel — #LLLM (@03Greedo) April 25, 2018