News: Beanie Sigel On Inevitable Jail Bid: "When I Go In There, I Won't Be Beanie Sigel"
Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 11:55PM
Less than a month away from beginning his two-year jail sentence on a tax-related conviction, former Roc-A-Fella Records rapper Beanie Sigel has come to terms with the inevitable.
Despite his hip-hop status and fame, Sigel acknowledges he will be reduced to a number upon beginning his sentence September 12th.
"In that environment, this outside world...you gotta hang all that up. When I go in there, I won't be Beanie Sigel. I'll be 57613-066. That's who I'll be. I won't be Beanie Sigel. I'm not gonna sit in my cell and write rhymes everyday. That's a real thing inside. There's people inside who ain't ever coming out of those buildings. I would talk to them and do my best to be a window for some of 'em who are never gonna make it outta there. We all have the same commissary, we all have the same amount of money on our books, we all gonna eat the same food and nobody cell gonna look different. I'm gonna be a number like everybody else." (XXL Mag)
Beans also considered what his career may look like after leaving jail in 2014.
"I could see myself doing music without the music. My lyrics without no music behind them. Spoken word. Giving the messages to the meanings behind the music. I always said, my last album, I want to decipher every album I did; the meanings. In one of my albums, I said, 'It's been a while since I left a stain on your brain/And gave you some game that you could gain from/I'm here to end it now and Break the Cycle of the bullsh*t same ol' same that the lames run.' It's been a while. That's a song...from who? The rock group what? Staind. [Singing] It's been a while. 'It's Been a While' was the first single off the album, Breaking The Cycle from Staind...but rappers don't rap like that no more." (XXL Mag)
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia rapper talked to SOHH about preparing for jail.
"I'm taking it one day at a time, another day above ground, you know," Sigel told SOHH when asked how he is handling the forthcoming jail bid. "I'm good. [I'm trying to do] everything. I'm an artist. So I'm doing both [working and spending family time.] I'm doing everything I can do to push this [new This Time] album and spend as much time as I can with my family at the same time." (SOHH)
Sigel received his two-year jail sentence at a mid-July court hearing.
A hip-hop hero to many in the region, Beanie Sigel (Dwight Grant) is headed to prison. The South Philly-born Lansdale resident this afternoon was sentenced to 24-months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Jan E. Dubois for failing to file federal income tax returns, the U.S. Attorney's office in Philly has announced. The "All the Above" singer must report to prison on Sept. 12. Reportedly Sigel avoided a stiffer sentence by pleading guilty to the charge. Sigel also must pay all taxes, penalties and interests he still owes to the IRS. Prosecutors say Sigel owes the IRS $728,536 for tax years 1999 through 2005. (Philly)
Check out a recent Beanie Sigel interview below: