Jay-Z is one of the most accomplished rappers of all time. A man with a personal connection with former POTUS Barack Obama himself, Jay Z has been fighting the good fight for one of his fans.
The rapper has been trying hard to get one of his fans out of prison who has been behind bars for 20 years due to a marijuana charge. Z’s legal team reached out to a North Carolina judge in order to get the man a “compassionate release.”
Page Six reported that attorney Alex Spiro pushed for another appeal to the court in order to get “Mr. Vailes” released. The previous appeal for Vailes’ was denied because of his vaccination record. Spiro argued, according to documents obtained by Page Six:
Mr. Vailes’ motion for compassionate release does not mention COVID-19 and does not rely on any COVID-19-related argument as a basis for arguing in favor of a reduced sentence.
Jay Z decided to take on the task of saving Vailes after he wrote a letter to him. Since Jay Z owns Monogram, which is a huge cannabis company, he had to do justice to someone who has been behind bars for doing nothing wrong.
This correspondence is a plea to ask for your help with the intent to campaign for my clemency. 13 and a half years is a long time to be still incarcerated over a substance that has become the ultimate green rush. My family needs me home. While incarcerated, I have lost loved ones. My mother passed in 2020; my grandmother in 2009; my nephew in 2020. Also, my best friend died from COVID in 2021. I have four children, the youngest is 1.4, and 3 grand-daughters. A lot has changed in my life, but most importantly, I have a newfound view of society. Therefore, I pledge to my family, my children, and myself that my incarceration would not be in vain. It is a bittersweet reality that I am a casualty and a commodity of this system filled with injustice.
Vailes has been behind bars since 2007. Apart from trying to get Vailes from behind bars, Jay Z has been teasing the return of The Throne with Kanye West. Z also collaborated with both Kanye West and Drake on their albums, which is an interesting move given how both West & Drizzy are always competing.
What’s your take on this story? Sound off in the comments!