Recently, another up-and-coming rap artist was sentenced to seventeen years in federal prison after being ensnared with drugs. Boss G, a well-known South Carolina hip hop artist whose name is Darnell Mealing, was caught up as a “middle man” in the Folk Nation gang. In his sentencing, U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie referenced Boss G’s notorious lifestyle of violence (and his ranking position) in order to carry out drug deals. His position in Folk Nation gave him access to 30 to 50 “foot soldiers”; by using their services, Boss G was able to carry out the directives of the high level dealer, Pearish Perry. In exchange for protecting Perry and distributing his drugs, Boss G received Perry’s financial backing to support his music career.
Boss G, having appeared in dozens of videos, including the popular “The South Carolina Rap,” received no favors in court when the AUSA used one of Boss G’s videos against him. The AUSA reflected that Boss G’s videos portrayed the notorious and violent lifestyle that he lived.