G. Dep: The Realest Rapper AliveMay 8th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
The phrase “keepin’ it real” has become more cliché in hip hop culture than any other term in the genre’s vernacular. Harlem MC Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman has done just that and then some. The once-promising Bad Boy rapper was sentenced to 15 years in prison today for a 1993 murder he voluntarily confessed to in December 2010. While the outcome to this story is a sad one no matter how you slice it, one must acknowledge the Deputy’s walk down the road less traveled by many in the hip hop culture. Cleaning out one’s closet at the cost of your freedom is a tall order most MCs tend not to live up to.
The “stop snitching” campaign has been promoted heavily in the hip hop community but there has never really been a unique case were the offender snitched on himself. Living with the guilt or consequences of your own offenses is a whole other monster that’s seldom explored in the culture. Not having a moral barometer or not fearing the payback from karma can weigh heavy on one’s conscience as they move through life. Most lyricists profess to never sell out or go against their morals to achieve fame and success but there’s another side of the coin to be considered.
Without a doubt, we should encourage the next generation of hip hop heads to be comfortable in their own skin. But what the “Let’s Get It” spitter did was admirable, too (his accountability that is). Many can debate about the time frame or manner in which he did so, but G. Dep set out to find redemption and found it. Call it stupid or silly but rest assured that man can finally sleep sound and feel a sense of relief going forward. Going against the norm and snitching your offenses is the epitome of “keepin’ it real.” In fact, it might be the realest thing a rapper’s ever done.
Trial juror and GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson may have put it best in his article about the ordeal and dreading the daunting task of jury duty.
“We found him guilty, because he was, and no one’s excusing anything. (After the trial, he talked to MTV and, sounding like a man unburdened, thanked “everybody that was involved in the case.”) Still, it’s a heavy feeling: I helped put him away, and yet when I think of someone who did his duty, I think of Trevell Coleman.”