What We Learned: New York Magazine’s G. Dep Profile

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    What We Learned: New York Magazine's G. Dep Profile
    Almost two years ago, in late 2010, G. Dep surprised family, friends and fans when he turned himself in to police for a crime he committed nearly two decades earlier, in 1993. He confessed to shooting a man during a robbery—an incident that had weighed heavily on his conscience since he was a teenager. At the time of his confession, however, the former Bad Boy signee didn't know that the three shots he fired ended up killing the victim. The hip-hop community was shook up by the story, and it grabbed headlines in mainstream publications as well. Dep was sentenced to 15 years to life, and won't be eligible for parole until 2025. Dep is featured in the current issue of <em>New York</em> magazine (<a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/trevell-coleman-2012-11/index1.html" target="_blank">the piece was posted online last week</a>), with the outlet speaking to the rapper and those close to him to delve deeper into the story. The whole profile is worth a read, but here's what we learned.
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    His Mother Hoped He'd Become a Lawyer
    In 1993, after one semester at Iona College, an 18-year-old Dep told his mother that he was going to quit school to become a rapper. She was disappointed, as she had hoped he would become a lawyer. When he was in high school, he interned for a law firm.
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    He Bought the Gun He Used in the Murder for $500
    Dep had been selling drugs in the East Harlem projects where he was living, saving up money for studio time. But he also used the money to secure some protection, buying a .40-caliber from a local dealer. He later used that same gun in the crime.
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    Police Questioned Him a Few Days After the Shooting
    Shortly after the shooting, he was walking down Lexington Avenue toward his home when he was questioned by police. "Do you know anything about a shooting?" the cop asked. Dep responded, "No. I don't know anything."
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    He Threw the Gun in the East River
    Following the shooting, Dep became nervous that he'd get caught. To cover his tracks, he ditched the gun that he used in the crime in the East River.
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    He Was Arrested 10 Days After the Shooting
    But not for the shooting. Instead, he was caught selling crack. The incident made him even more paranoid.
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    He Started Using PCP Because It Helped Him Not Think About the Shooting
    Dep started smoking weed in 11th grade, and was introduced to PCP as his rap career was blossoming. He felt that the drug would help him shake some of his demons, at least momentarily. "That was really the only drug that made me not think about anything," he said.
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    He Gave Away Money to Make Himself Feel Better
    Though Dep faced financial troubles, he gave away money to appease his guilt. He would even stuff bills into pay phone coin slots. "I did think, 'Well, now I don't have to feel like I have too much regret.'" he said.
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    His Favorite Place to Smoke Overlooked the Location of the Shooting
    Dep was arrested for drug use multiple times inside a building that faced the spot of the shooting. "Maybe that was my way of confronting that demon," he said. "Or maybe I was just becoming that demon. Or that demon was consuming me. That's how crazy I was getting."
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  • GDep_2
    What We Learned: New York Magazine's G. Dep Profile
    Almost two years ago, in late 2010, G. Dep surprised family, friends and fans when he turned himself in to police for a crime he committed nearly two decades earlier, in 1993. He confessed to shooting a man during a robbery—an incident that had weighed heavily on his conscience since he was a teenager. At the time of his confession, however, the former Bad Boy signee didn't know that the three shots he fired ended up killing the victim. The hip-hop community was shook up by the story, and it grabbed headlines in mainstream publications as well. Dep was sentenced to 15 years to life, and won't be eligible for parole until 2025. Dep is featured in the current issue of <em>New York</em> magazine (<a href="http://nymag.com/news/features/trevell-coleman-2012-11/index1.html" target="_blank">the piece was posted online last week</a>), with the outlet speaking to the rapper and those close to him to delve deeper into the story. The whole profile is worth a read, but here's what we learned.
  • g dep 1
    His Mother Hoped He'd Become a Lawyer
    In 1993, after one semester at Iona College, an 18-year-old Dep told his mother that he was going to quit school to become a rapper. She was disappointed, as she had hoped he would become a lawyer. When he was in high school, he interned for a law firm.
  • GDep_1
    He Bought the Gun He Used in the Murder for $500
    Dep had been selling drugs in the East Harlem projects where he was living, saving up money for studio time. But he also used the money to secure some protection, buying a .40-caliber from a local dealer. He later used that same gun in the crime.
  • g dep
    Police Questioned Him a Few Days After the Shooting
    Shortly after the shooting, he was walking down Lexington Avenue toward his home when he was questioned by police. "Do you know anything about a shooting?" the cop asked. Dep responded, "No. I don't know anything."
  • g dep 3
    He Threw the Gun in the East River
    Following the shooting, Dep became nervous that he'd get caught. To cover his tracks, he ditched the gun that he used in the crime in the East River.
  • g dep 4
    He Was Arrested 10 Days After the Shooting
    But not for the shooting. Instead, he was caught selling crack. The incident made him even more paranoid.
  • g dep 5
    He Started Using PCP Because It Helped Him Not Think About the Shooting
    Dep started smoking weed in 11th grade, and was introduced to PCP as his rap career was blossoming. He felt that the drug would help him shake some of his demons, at least momentarily. "That was really the only drug that made me not think about anything," he said.
  • g dep 7
    He Gave Away Money to Make Himself Feel Better
    Though Dep faced financial troubles, he gave away money to appease his guilt. He would even stuff bills into pay phone coin slots. "I did think, 'Well, now I don't have to feel like I have too much regret.'" he said.
  • g dep 9
    His Favorite Place to Smoke Overlooked the Location of the Shooting
    Dep was arrested for drug use multiple times inside a building that faced the spot of the shooting. "Maybe that was my way of confronting that demon," he said. "Or maybe I was just becoming that demon. Or that demon was consuming me. That's how crazy I was getting."