Monday, September 21, 2015

Just Another Day: Reflecting on G.Dep the Child of the Ghetto (by Renee Batson)

Just Another Day:  Reflecting on G-Dep the Child of the Ghetto   (by Renee Batson)

Trevell Gerald Coleman better known by his stage name G. Dep is a hip hop artist who originated from Harlem, New York City. He became a member of Bad Boy Records in 1998 and released his debut album "Child of the Ghetto" in 2001. His sophomore album "Ghetto Legend" was released on September 7, 2010 with Famous Records.

After meeting with Sean Combs in 1998, G. Dep was signed to a $350,000, five-album deal with Bad Boy Records. The following year he appeared on two songs on Black Rob's 1999 debut album "Life Story". G. Dep released his debut solo album "Child of the Ghetto" in 2001, which peaked at #106 on Billboard 200 and #23 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Single "Special Delivery" from the album peaked at #59 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #3 on Hot Rap Singles.  G. Dep was subsequently dropped from Bad Boy Records. 
On December 15, 2010, Coleman walked into 25th Precinct to turn himself in after he confessed to a cold case crime of a man to which was  murdered in  Queens back in 1993. Coleman had attempted to confess twice before, but was previously considered to be under the influence of drugs and incoherent.
Currently G Dep id incarcerated at the Elmira Correctional Facility. Coleman told in an interview that he confessed because the case weighed on him and he was "just trying to get things right between himself and God". Coleman claimed that he did not know that his victim died.

Since Coleman has been incarcerated, he has had the opportunity to self reflect as well as write. Him and I have had the opportunity to correspond and I can honestly say his spirit and motivation is strong. Being behind those walls will not stop him from being heard by the world.
In life we all make mistakes but we all have the ability to change the course of our future, G Dep is a testament to that fact.

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