CNN’s N.O.R.E. has publicly shouted out incarcerated rapper G. Dep after a heartfelt media interview he did last week which went over his current predicament of serving 15 years to life for a fatal shooting.
N.O. publicly acknowledged Dep’s in-depth prison interview with “Nightline.”
“Who got a YouTube link of g dep interview on camara,” N.O. tweeted September 23.
“God bless g dep” (N.O.R.E’s Twitter)
In the interview, Dep admitted he did not have any intent on killing slain New Yorker John Henkel in a botched robbery.
Coleman dropped out of college at age 18 in search of a music career. He funded recording sessions by selling cocaine on the streets of Harlem, N.Y. He dabbled in drugs himself, and for $500, he bought a gun. In fall 1993, a month before his 19th birthday, Coleman used that gun to mug a stranger, he said. “He was standing under the scaffolding on Park Avenue, 114th street. … I was riding my bike,” he recalled. “I told him, ‘Give me the money.’ … He was kind of, you know, unresponsive.” Then, Coleman said, the stranger started coming towards him. “The guy grabbed the gun, and I pulled the gun back and that’s when I fired,” he said. “And the guy winced and I didn’t know what happened.” (ABC News)
Instead of holding onto the murder weapon, Dep said he ditched it in a nearby river.
Coleman said he fired three times and then fled on his bike, telling no one what had happened. As he left home the next morning, the police were canvasing the neighborhood and stopped him on the street. “They said, ‘Do you know anything about a shooting that occurred yesterday?’ And I said, ‘Nah,'” Coleman said. “That made me think he didn’t pass away, because they said ‘shooting.'” A week later, Coleman said, he threw the gun into the East River. He stayed quiet about the Harlem shooting for four years and poured himself into his music. (ABC News)
Last year, Dep argued he already spent nearly 20 years living with the dark secret he killed a man.
The jury’s decision to convict Coleman pushed both his wife and his mother to tears. But when Coleman returned to Rikers and got on the telephone, nobody could believe how he sounded. “He’s like, ‘Hey, how you doing, man?’?” says Jonathan “Kwame” Owusu, who was his manager. “He was upbeat. It didn’t make any sense.” Three weeks later, a judge sentenced him to fifteen years to life. “I was happy,” Coleman recalls. “It sounds crazy to say you were happy about getting a fifteen-to-life sentence, but I was. It just seemed to me like the end of a nightmare … I was living in 1993 for seventeen years.” (NY Mag)
Check out G. Dep’s interview: