News: DJ Drama On Alfamega's DEA Connection, "T.I. Is Preparing To Speak"
Thursday, May 7, 2009 4:22PM
Grand Hustle associate DJ Drama has reacted to the recent reports claiming Alfamega worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and said T.I. would soon address the media.
With the buzz circulating online, Drama confirmed hearing about Alfa's alleged cooperation with the government.
"I spoke to Tip about it and Tip is definitely preparing to speak to the media about the situation," Drama explained in an interview. "And as boss man, I would definitely honor him to make a statement before I make a statement, but there's definitely a consensus among [Grand Hustle]...When you put yourself as a public figure and you put yourself out there to represent one thing and it comes out that you represent the opposite, the public has the right to be aware of that...We all know hip-hop is about being true to yourself and being true to your name. Ice Cube said it a long time ago -- it's about being real with yourself whoever you may be." (XXL Mag)
Records leaked online earlier this week which showed Cedric "Alfamega" Zellars had a past connection as a DEA informant.
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. During his cooperation against Baaqar, Zellars met with a DEA agent and a federal prosecutor, and subsequently testified at trial. "Ali Baaqar was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin based upon the trial testimony of [Zellars] and others." In return for his snitching, Zellars had 18 months shaved off his prison term when he was resentenced in July 1997 by Judge J. Owen Forrester. (The Smoking Gun)
T.I. is known for addressing the 'snitch' label including the heat he took after appearing in an ATL Crime Stoppers PSA last year.
"I ain't trippin'," Tip said. "Can't nobody challenge my integrity...I ain't told nobody to go and get yourself in trouble and tell on somebody to get yourself out of trouble. I said man, if there's an old lady walking down the street and you see her getting knocked down and beat up, call somebody and do something about it. I don't see that as snitching man, I see that as being responsible for your neighborhood. Anybody who disagree, so be it. They can shove it up they a** sideways if they don't like it. I don't care." (SOHH)
Alfa previously spoke with SOHH about his upcoming debut album and linking with Tip.
"I got with Tip, we did a handshake deal, never signed no contracts or nothing," Alfamega explained. "The Capitol deal came about because me and him had a discussion about me being as big as he is and it wouldn't be feasible to either one of us to go through Atlantic." T.I. helped the rapper secure a deal with Capitol Records through his own label, Grand Hustle. (SOHH)