Former Bad Boy Records artist G. Dep recalls infamously confessing to a fatal shooting last December and its aftermath in the new issue of XXL Magazine.
While the issue does not hit newsstands until June 7th, XXL has provided a short video clip from their Rikers Island jail sit-down with Dep.
“Thinking about that day, that whole situation, that incident right there when I went into the precinct,” Dep says in the trailer. “That was a real shock. I knew I probably would have to do maybe some time or something was going to be investigated or something like that. But when the detective came back in and said the guy died, it kinda just changed everything.” (XXL Mag)
Last December, Dep admitted to being the gunman behind a 1993 murder.
Apparently when Trevell Coleman, AKA rapper G-Dep, came clean to police about shooting a man in the chest in 1993, he may not have known that he was confessing to killing a guy. He told the Post in a jailhouse interview, “I was surprised — for some reason, I really didn’t think that he died. When they told me, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m not going home after this.'” He has now been charged with murder, and faces life in prison. Coleman says he didn’t think much of the shooting at the time, but “started to wonder if all the bad things that happened to me in my life were karma for what I did…I thought that if I turned myself in, it might give me closure.” So despite the objections of his mother and his girlfriend, he told the police. Now he says, “The only thing I regret is that I have to leave my kids.” (Gothamist)
Following the publicized confession, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy spoke on Dep’s legal tribulations.
“You could always feel that if you knew G. Dep, and I can’t say it was that, maybe something was troubling his soul,” Diddy explained in an interview. “‘Cause he was real quiet. He’s the type of guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly. I don’t know what happened in that instance but he did the right thing and manned up to it…He had a real bad drug problem and that could have caused the situation. As a person, that wasn’t nothing that he would do. Drugs sometimes make people slip up and make mistakes…Dep was definitely one of the favorite artists I signed to Bad Boy. That’s something I really wanted to work out, but that was just like he had personal things he was dealing with and we tried our best with that.” (Shade 45)
Close friend and Dep’s former Bad Boy labelmate Black Rob reflected on Dep’s troubles last February.
“I was shocked,” Black Rob said in an interview when asked about his reaction to G-Dep’s murder case. “I was shocked like everybody else. I was flawed man. I didn’t hear from Dep prior to that, man, for a couple of months. Like, we was playing phone tag. That’s my dude man. At the end of the day, I love him like a brother. This is real talk, anybody will tell you. It goes beyond music man. That’s like my little brother man. We trying to make something happen right now, especially myself. Get back on the road, put this little [album] out and be able to help him out with his legal fees and sh*t like that. You gotta remember, before anything, we got friendship my dude. And he ain’t never stab me in my back or try to come at me sideways. We always handled our sh*t like men. I want to help him out. I want to be there for him so when he do come out, he’s gonna be a problem. If he don’t have to do no 10 or 15 years, if Dep comes home in 3 to 4 years, he’s gonna be a f*cking problem man. If he wants to rap, he’s gonna crush everything in his path. And you know where he’s gonna be, with me.” (Futuristic Blogger)
Check out G. Dep’s interview trailer down below: