Loon has just been released from prison, just more than a year before his initial release date, August 2021. He was released Friday (July 31).
On Wednesday (July 29), the former rapper and Bad Boy artist, who served more than eight years in prison for his conspiracy role in drug trafficking, was granted a compassionate release.
The New York Post reports U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle converted his sentence as time served, agreeing that the Coronavirus pandemic was an “extraordinary and compelling” reason and that he was not a danger to society. This comes after a long celebrity campaign urging an early release due to his health concerns including laryngopharyngitis, acute bronchitis and bronchopneumonia.
In 2011, Loon was apprehended in Belgium for conspiracy with intent to traffic one or more kilos of heroin and was sentenced to 14 years in 2013.
Born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, he changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith in 2008 after converting to Islam. As Loon, he was a former member of Ma$e’s group Harlem World and is best known for his appearances on P. Diddy’s 2002 hits “I Need A Girl“, “I Need A Girl Part 2”, and his self-titled debut LP, Loon soon after in 2003. Welcome home.