Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Two fights at the Dirty Awards, Plus - President Bush Pardons John Forte - WTF?!

The 2008 Dirty Awards, in line with a strong tradition of violent hip hop award shows, was the scene of TWO different fights.

Shawty Lo's crew vs Grand Hustle (UPDATED: Good Video)

Dirty Awards 2008 Battle Between T.I. and Shawty Lo from Gyant on Vimeo.

UPDATE: You can see the dude in the orange polo up on stage with Grand Hustle at the beginning of the video. I guess he caught an accidental shot from Alfamega? At least he avoided a direct pepper spraying to the face:

NahRight put up a series of great pics. Kinda fucked up how everyone on stage is still up there singing while their boy is laying on the ground surrounded by broken chairs and dinner plates. He got Scott LaRocked. Why would you get in between those two gigantic dudes? Alfamega looks like he could enter and win an infant eating contest.

Taking an obvious backseat to this buffoonery was a scrap between Jeezy's camp and LA the Darkman. If you've heard Dedication 3, then by now you should have heard some mediocre verses by the Darkman. He's actually one of the Aphilliates, which means he works for DJ Drama. If you recognize his name from somewhere else, it's because he used to be a Wu-Tang affiliate back in the day. Turns out he's also Willie Da Kid's brother. Well anyway, apparently his dudes got into it with Jeezy's. Hip Hop DX has the story. The word is that CTE left the place bloodied up. Sucks for them.


From USA Today:


John Edward Forte (North Brunswick, N.J.)
Offense: Aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)(ii), 18 U.S.C. § 2.
Sentence: Nov. 20, 2001; Southern District of Texas; 168 months in prison, five years’ supervised release and a $5,000 fine.

In case you were wondering, John Forte was an old Fugees producer who got busted with like 5 kilos of liquid cocaine. In a completely inexplicable move, outgoing President G. W. Bush commuted his sentence, cutting it almost in half. I tried to search the internet for some reason as to why he did this. Miss Info posted some old interviews but didn't really explain how the hell W heard about the case or why he put him on the pardon list. This story just struck me as incredibly odd. Experts (ie anonymous blog commentators) seem to agree on some sort Ivy League connection between the Yale-educated president and the incredibly obscure, Philips-Exeter bred hip hop producer.

It's also strange that George W looked out for Forte more than Wyclef...

Notice how he doesn't mention anything about commuting John Forte's sentence. Do all those long nights in the refugee camp mean nothing to him?

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