Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em has come forward to speak out on turning himself over to local authorities this week and starting a jail bid.
According to SB, he is expected to start his sentence Thursday (February 20).
“February 20th, yup,” SB said when asked about his jail date. “[What’s it for?] Gun charge. I just know that February 20th, it’s when I know how long I’ll be behind bars – and what they’re going to do with the case. … On the whole situation – I’m a young, successful rapper, I do a lot of stuff. Instead of me being targeted – it’s other criminals they could be attacking instead of focusing on me. … I got a name and they go after anybody with a name. No matter who it is. … I ain’t scared. It just is what it is. I done been to jail before but not for this long of a time it’s gonna be.” (XXL)
SB broke the big jail news to millions of Twitter followers last weekend.
“5 more days until I go to jail. Appreciate everyone who was there for me while I needed y’all.,” SB tweeted February 15. (Soulja Boy Tell Em’s Twitter)
Last month, manager Miami Mike said Soulja Boy’s neighbor was really responsible for a gun turning up in his car and getting him arrested.
But Soulja’s manager, CEO Miami Mike claims a neighbor left the gun under the car seat and Soulja had no idea it was there. Further, he claims Soulja never admitted the weapon was his, and only told cops he owned the car. Mike claims officers told Soulja someone had to take responsibility for the weapon — but insists Soulja never copped to the gun … just the vehicle. We’re told Soulja believes the whole search was illegal because cops didn’t have probable cause. But here’s the thing … according to law enforcement sources the gun was in plain view — in which case officers wouldn’t need a search warrant. (TMZ)
Although brief with his words, SB acknowledged the headlines he sparked after being arrested a few days prior.
“Thanks for everyone who sent love and checked on me I appreciate we all good I’m gonna drop some music tonight! Sh*t crazy!!!,” SB tweeted January 24.
“They want to see you fall” (Soulja Boy Tell Em’s Twitter)
According to reports, the arrest went down in mid-January.
Soulja Boy was arrested in L.A. early this morning … after cops say he was packin’ a LOADED GUN, TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us … the 23-year-old rapper was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over in the San Fernando Valley for running a stop sign early Wednesday morning. During the stop, cops say they noticed that Soulja was in possession of a loaded gun — and arrested him on the stop. Soulja was hauled to a nearby jail — he’s currently being booked. Soulja has a history of run-ins with the law — he was busted for weed and weapons back in 2011. (TMZ)
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