News: Former Bad Boy Rapper Loon Arrested In Drug Trafficking Bust
Friday, Nov 25, 2011 8:20PM
Former Bad Boy Records rapper Loon was reportedly arrested this month in Belgium on drug trafficking charges.
While details are still developing, reports of Loon's arrest became public Friday (November 25).
So much for being on his deen. While entering Belgium last Friday, former rapper Loon, now known as Amir Junaid Muhadith was arrested while at a Brussels airport for drug trafficking. Various sources report the arrest stems from an indictment back in May for distributing heroin three years ago in North Carolina. He has now been extradited back to the U.S. Guess he's a bad boy for life. (Rap Radar)
In 2010, Muslim rapper Freeway offered his take on Loon converting to Islam.
"Last year, the middle of the year, I got a chance to visit Saudi Arabia for a second time," he explained in an interview. "Brother Jakk Frost was with me, brother Loon, now known as Ahmir, and it just was a beautiful experience. At the time [Loon] was seven months into the religion, he was a fresh Muslim. And from that time to now, he progressed so much, he's moving forward so quickly and I'm proud of him. The country is beautiful, the people was beautiful, the mannerism of the people. It's just real enlightening and if any of y'all get a chance to go over there you should definitely do it." (XXL Mag)
Loon spoke on his departure from Diddy's Bad Boy Records in 2009 to pursue a new faith.
"Loon is working his way out of my system," he said in an interview. "I'm just happy to be accepting Islam and finding the peace of mind that I was always searching for in the music business and it was very difficult to find this place in my life now but thanks to Islam I've been able to complete my search and I'm very much at peace. Bad Boy days are over, now I'm what you would call a good boy. [laughs] Right now I'm very much focused on studying Islam...being in the position of influence, I have to be able to protect myself in ways the media sometimes tries to use these transitions that artists make and try to make an opportunity to mock Islam or whatever faith somebody might choose...With me, I very much love the music but it's the lifestyle that's really the bad influence. The music, sometimes, can be geared towards people to do positive things but the actual part that detours people from practicing their faith is really the lifestyle." (Al Jazeera)
Former Bad Boy protege Mase also "retired" from rap a decade ago due to religious reasons.
"I think people look at me like I've taken the step that people are most fearful of taking," he said in an interview last January. "It's not just the giving it up; it's the sticking with it. Like most people have seen a lot of entertainers entertain the thought, but we haven't seen many stick with it....In order for people to understand, you have to take them from where you were, to where you are. So in taking people from where I was, it would require you to do music that exemplified where you were, then if I would have stayed in it, I was going to musically bring them to where I am. But then I started seeing that what I'm thinking and what they're thinking is totally two different things." (Phoenix New Times)
No further details have emerged as of now.
Check out some past Loon footage below: