Grand Hustle CEO Clifford “T.I.” Harris has broken his silence on the recent reports of Alfamega being a former informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and has reportedly ended all business ties with the rapper.
Reading a statement, Tip claimed neither he nor his company were aware of Alfa’s past history with the government.
“Even though all of our artists and employees are asked by us to be honest and open about their past history at no time did Alfa disclose to me or Grand Hustle what has now appeared in the media. He essentially deceived us by failing to fully disclose the truth about his past and there is no place in our organization for dishonest and misleading behavior. As I’ve always said, you must take responsibility for your own actions, we at Grand Hustle do not support or condone blaming others for our own mistakes. I hope and pray to god bless his financial plans but I do not foresee me or my company playing the role of his personal or professional business.” (File Factory)
Earlier today, DJ Drama said Tip would address the actions of Alfa to the media.
“I spoke to Tip about it and Tip is definitely preparing to speak to the media about the situation,” Drama explained in an interview. “And as boss man, I would definitely honor him to make a statement before I make a statement, but there’s definitely a consensus among [Grand Hustle]…When you put yourself as a public figure and you put yourself out there to represent one thing and it comes out that you represent the opposite, the public has the right to be aware of that…We all know hip-hop is about being true to yourself and being true to your name. Ice Cube said it a long time ago — it’s about being real with yourself whoever you may be.” (XXL Mag)
Records leaked online earlier this week which showed Cedric “Alfamega” Zellars had worked as a DEA informant.
Court records show that Zellars began working with law enforcement officials after he was sentenced in September 1995 to 110 months in a federal gun case (Zellars, who had a prior felony robbery conviction, was collared for selling weapons to an undercover federal agent). Zellars “agreed to cooperate with authorities and was debriefed” about the criminal activity of several individuals. “In particular he was debriefed concerning the drug trafficking activities of a Mr. Ali Baaqar,” according to a government court filing. During his cooperation against Baaqar, Zellars met with a DEA agent and a federal prosecutor, and subsequently testified at trial. “Ali Baaqar was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin based upon the trial testimony of [Zellars] and others.” In return for his snitching, Zellars had 18 months shaved off his prison term when he was resentenced in July 1997 by Judge J. Owen Forrester. (The Smoking Gun)
Alfa previously spoke with SOHH about his upcoming debut album and linking with Tip.
“I got with Tip, we did a handshake deal, never signed no contracts or nothing,” Alfamega explained. “The Capitol deal came about because me and him had a discussion about me being as big as he is and it wouldn’t be feasible to either one of us to go through Atlantic.” T.I. helped the rapper secure a deal with Capitol Records through his own label, Grand Hustle. (SOHH)
Alfamega has yet to release a statement regarding the leaked court documents.
Listen to Tip’s statement below: