John Forté Reflects on Working with The Fugees, Receiving 14 Years in Prison

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Grammy-nominated artist and producer John Forté was sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug trafficking more than a decade ago. He was arrested at Newark International Airport in New Jersey after accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine.

In 2008, he received a commutation on his federal sentence during George Bush’s presidency, enabling him to come home halfway through his 14-year sentence.

Before his incarceration,
Forté gained popularity as a writer and producer for groundbreaking hip-hop group The Fugees. Forté chopped it up with The Combat Jack Show about working with the group during its glory years, and he also reflected on his unique upbringing, studying violin at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Talib Kweli being his roommate at New York University, and how he got into drug trafficking. Stream the interview below.
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Rapper and former Fugees producer John Forté was one of 14 people pardoned by President Bush on Monday, according to Reuters. He had been serving a sentence of 14 years in prison since 2001, after being found guilty of possession of 31 pounds of liquid cocaine with intent to distribute.

The presidential pardons, which were for offenses ranging from distribution of marijuana to unauthorized use of a pesticide, cannot be overruled and can help the recipients find jobs, live in public housing and vote. Bush has received more than 2,000 requests for pardons, which typically come fast and furious near the end of a president’s term.



his role accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of liquid

In 2000, Forté was arrested at Newark International Airport after accepting a briefcase containing $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine; he was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute.[2] He was convicted and sentenced to the mandatory minimum 14 years after being found guilty, and incarcerated at FCI Loretto, a low-security federal prison in central Pennsylvania.


reflected on his upbringing in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, attending
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