Judge Rejects Rapper B.G.’s Early Release, Will Remain Locked Up Until 2024

Judge Rejects Rapper B.G.’s Early Release, Will Remain Locked Up Until 2024

A federal judge has rejected B.G.’s petition to get out of prison years before his gun possession sentence is scheduled to end.

In an 11-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan wrote that B.G. “has not presented compelling and extraordinary reasons for his compassionate release,” and should therefore stay in federal prison until the end of his sentence in 2024.

Last May, B.G., whose real name is Christopher Dorsey, petitioned for an early release in a handwritten letter to the court, in which he talked about his upbringing and career as a rapper. He wrote that he took “full responsibility” for his crimes but added, “enough is enough.”

In her ruling, Morgan wrote that B.G.’s behavior in federal prison appears similar to the conduct that got him locked up — possessing weapons and taking drugs. She cited nearly a dozen rule violations going back seven years.

“Dorsey argues he has been rehabilitated and is no longer the same person who committed these offenses. His prison record belies such an argument,” Morgan wrote.

Morgan listed the following infractions to back up that statement: “(B.G’s) Bureau of Prison disciplinary record reveals that he has write-ups for possessing drugs/alcohol in 2021, possessing a hazardous tool in 2021 and 2020, using suboxone in 2020 and 2019, testing positive for Buprenorphine in 2019, refusing a work assignment in 2019, possessing narcotics in 2017, phone abuse in 2017, possessing an unauthorized item in 2017, and possessing a dangerous weapon in 2014.”

 

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B.G. was sentenced in 2012 to 14 years in federal prison for gun possession and witness tampering. In his letter to the court, he wrote that he planned on using his influence as a rapper to contribute to society and weigh in on important issues, and spend quality time with his family if he was released.

“I respectfully contend that enough is enough. I get the point the government aimed to impart on me with this prosecution and harsh sentence,” B.G. wrote, later adding, “I respectfully move this court to sympathize with the misguided boy I was and have enough compassion, enough faith in the man I’ve become to order my return to my family and career.”

 

About Rapper B.G

Not to be confused with B.G., the Prince of Rap or B.G. Knocc Out.

Christopher Noel Dorsey (born September 3, 1980), better known by his stage name B.G. (acronym for Baby Gangsta), is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his music career signing to Cash Money Records in 1996.

Dorsey, alongside fellow rappers Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Turk, collectively formed the group, the Hot Boys in 1997. B.G. released several solo albums for Cash Money, including the platinum-selling Chopper City in the Ghetto in 1999. In 2001, he resigned from Cash Money Records and created his own label, Chopper City Records.

Dorsey was born on September 3, 1980 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up in the Freret neighborhood of New Orleans, which is located in the 13th Ward. The Dorsey family lived in a shotgun house on the corner of Valence & Magnolia Streets.

When he was 12, his father was killed during an attempted robbery. After this he began selling crack cocaine and hanging out on the street corners with drug dealers. While attending middle school, he began rapping and eventually met with Bryan “Birdman” Williams in a barbershop in 1993. Birdman and his brother “Slim” took Dorsey in to go stay with them and later signed him to Cash Money Records. At 15, he dropped out of high school and began using heroin but still focused on making music.

When B.G. left Cash Money Records, he claims to have left the label over a financial dispute with owners Birdman and Ronald “Slim” Williams.

In an interview with Big Tigger on his show on BET entitled, Rap City in the Basement, B.G. stated that Birdman tried to “brainwash” him into relieving him of some of his money. This upset B.G. and caused him to depart from Cash Money Records.

Written by: Nate Gartrell