Update: John Forté Released From Prison

Former Fugees affiliate John Forté will be freed from a federal prison in New Jersey today, after serving seven years on drug charges.

As XXLmag.com previously reported, Forté was one of sixteen people to be pardoned by President George Bush last month, due in large part to lobbying by 70’s folk singer Carly Simon – who had collaborated with the Grammy-winning rapper/producer prior to his arrest.

Forté was sentenced to 14 years back in 2001 for possession of cocaine and intent to distribute. He was caught with two briefcases containing $1.4 million worth of coke at the Newark International Airport.

Now after spending seven years behind bars, he wants to use his experiences to steer youth in the right direction. “He wants to help young kids understand they have options and help deter them from making some of the mistakes he made,” his lawyer Aarti Tandon told the New York Post.

Forté is to be freed under a five-year supervised release and must pay a $5,000 fine.-Elan Mancini

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  • Caine

    Dats wassup. Keep yo nose clean John…I woulda neve thought Bush would’ve did somethin like dis…

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Don’t go OJ and fuck up again !

    “Ol Prez Bush” gave your black ass a second chance. Thats dope as fuck that Carly Simon helped him out, that huge.

    1 more thing..please DO NOT, under any circtumstances start rapping again. (Unless its a Fugee’s reunion) we did NOT miss your music.

  • http://www.rapaveli.com Ambition-1

    This is cool but does anybody really care about John Forte as a rapper. Guess not. Seems good for his family though!


  • jbird

    all i got to say is one lucky ass nigga. i do not see how he only got 14 years for a milli in coke? i got peeps caught with 33 hits of LSD and they wanted to give em 50 years. but tip dick got off of his min 5 year bid. so i don’t know. they just wanna give the woodpeckers all the time and let the nigs free. i don’t know whats up. color should not be an issue but it seems to me that blacks get special treatment just cuz they’re black. fuck that bs. but anyways i got sidetracked. come on forte with that poly sci 2. im sure it’ll bang better than the first one. the first one is a hit in my book. good luck with the freedom forte.

  • KSA1001

    Just in time for Christmas…good to hear, I wish him well.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    George Bush da devil gets props for releasing Forte. The Bush administration is Hip Hop.

  • Trickdd

    That’s what I’m saying man the shit is cool he is getting out but I don’t really get why he is getting out so early Bush must be a big fugees fan then again I don’t think they should be that hard on you just for selling coke anyway. Next person that’s gonna get a brake is Meech after Obamas times up

  • http://xxl 40water619


    • jbird

      shyne done been out

      • FlapJack


        – FREE HIM NOOOOW!

  • benjamin bixby

    blacks get off easy….since when? i havent heard of alot of those situations….now they may pay that money to get themselve out because at the end of the day thats all its about is money but that happens accross the board….more so on the white side of whitesville usa and the world knows it…there is a politician in my state by the name of ravenel i might have spelled it wrong but anyways he was “giving” his friends cocaine he was getting from a guy around here got caught wit a bunch of it and got probation and a press confrence….i got a lil cousin who got caught wit a few grams and i aint seen him in these streets in a couple years so you tell me who gets it easy..it aint black or white no more its rich or poor

    • jbird

      ya i have to agree it is about rich and poor. it looks like the laws don’t apply to the rich. i don’t see how our laws are supposed to be black and white (no pun intended) and how the rich get off and around the law. it aint right and whats anybody normal to do about it? ti is alright but my point is how does a convicted felon get off a 5 year min bid? thats fed laws. this government is fucked up!!!! and weed aint legal? dam we some bassackward peeps.