News: Alfamega To T.I., "Tip Knew What I Had Been Locked Up For" [Video]
Monday, Jul 20, 2009 11:00AM
Former Grand Hustle associate Alfamega recently responded to T.I.'s past statements about his criminal background and denied he ever worked for the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Speaking in an interview, Alfa expressed the public's perception of him as a "snitch."
"Am I snitching in the hood," he asked laughing. "It's like people say I can't go back in the hood, when I heard that I was in the hood. They still say I can't go back to the hood but I was in the hood when I heard I couldn't go back...Me and the dude [they say I snitched on] Ali, didn't have any business together, ever. Me and Ali never been in the streets together, hustling, things like that. I apologized to dude because his name got caught up in a whole lot of things...How do you intentionally conceal your criminal past? Intentionally? Everybody in the streets knows me. Tip knew what I had been locked up for, I had been locked up for a gun. I went to jail for a gun. He talked to dudes who did time with me. His uncle and everybody did time with me. He was in prison with me...I don't work for no motherf*cking DEA. I have never worked for the DEA. I had gun charges." (Gyant Unplugged)
Alfa recently refuted claims that his new song called "I Apologize" was a message to T.I.
"[It] had nothing to do with T.I. in no way, shape or fashion," he said via a rep. "'I Apologize' [was recorded] earlier this year before any of the current situations came about. Alfa is out [of jail]. He is still recovering from his injuries and working to the best of his abilities right now." (Miss Info)
Tip announced Alfa's departure from Grand Hustle last May.
"Even though all of 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. 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've always said, you must take responsibility for your own actions, we at Grand Hustle do not support or condone blaming others for our own mistakes. I hope and pray to god bless his financial plans but I do not foresee me or my company playing the role of his personal or professional business." (File Factory)
Records leaked online earlier this year which alleged Alfa was involved with helping the government in a drug-related case.
Court records show that Cedric "Alfamega" 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)
Check out Alfamega's interview below: