News: Ex-Cash Money Rapper's Prison Release Date Revealed

Sunday, Jul 1, 2012 8:49PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Incarcerated rapper Turk is reportedly headed home this fall after serving over five years behind bars on a felony weapons conviction.

According to reports, he is slated to escape jail in mid-October.

New Orleans rapper Turk, once a member of Cash Money Records' biggest group the Hot Boys, will finally be released from prison. Turk, who served almost nine years after being convicted for weapons violations, will finally be released from the Forrest City, Arkansas federal prison, on October 12, 2012. Turk, born Tab Vigil Jr., was part of The Hot Boys from 1996-2001. As a member of the group, Turk was featured on #1 albums like Get It How You Live!, Guerrilla Warfare and released a solo album titled Young & Thuggin'. (AHH)

A couple years ago, fellow ex-Cash Money rapper B.G. discussed Turk's legal woes.

"I talk to Turk all the time," B.G. said in an interview. "He's been down almost six years. He took 10 years on the gun charge. They dropped the charges of attempted murder on a police officer because it was friendly fire. They have a civil lawsuit with the police [officer's family]. He's supposed to be on his way to the halfway house. Turk's a soldier. He's handling it like a gangsta. He's got smarter, wiser, he's been reading. Six years in the feds ... his chess game is on point. He's been eating. He got about 10 albums [written]. He's ready." (MTV)

He was reportedly sentenced to 12 years behind bars in the mid-2000's.

Turk is currently serving a twelve year sentence for an array of charges after shooting a Tennessee police officer in 2004. Turk was later convicted in 2005 on Federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a fugitive from justice in possession of a firearm, and an unlawful user addicted to a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. (Keep It Trill)

In 2010, Turk lost his brother Ronald Smith to a fatal shooting.

"I'm reaching out to all of you who have influence on the hip hop community. At around 3am this morning my younger brother Ronald Smith was found gunned down behind a Daquri shop in New Orleans on Manhattan St. My little brother and I were as close as brothers can be and it hurts me to lose him at such a young age, but as a man I must be strong. I have been in jail now for over 6yrs and there's not much I can do. My mother is mourning over the loss of her youngest child and over the fact that there is no insurance or funds to arrange the proper burial. I am asking for you to get the word out and to also help financially in any way you can. Any donations can be sent to me at the Shelby County Jail by Western Union and for those who know me personally funds can be given directly to my mother Ms. Pamela Smith. [sic]" (Ozone Magazine)

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