June 14, 2022 @ 11:09 AM EDT
From the desk of Gunna.
Amid the ongoing racketeering case against YSL, Gunna breaks silence on his birthday Tuesday (June 14) with an open letter from jail.
Posted on his social media handles, the 29-year-old rapper touched on his living arrangements, violation of his freedom of speech, and asserts his innocence.
“2022 has been one of the best years of my life, despite this difficult situation. This year I had the whole world pushing P.”, read the letter.
“Growing up from where I come from in a marginalized neighborhood, I never dreamt my art would change my life and the lives of, my loved ones. My entire life, I’ve seen Black Men, Black Women, and Black Children constantly attacked, hated, murdered, berated, belittled, silenced, judged, used, and held captive.
I used my art form, my gift from God, to change my circumstance. I worked, I honed my craft, I worked, I empowered Black Women in my industry, I worked, I lived in the recording studio, I worked, I lived on the road, I worked. I worked every day to show God how grateful I am for my gift, for my art, for, life and to be able to provide for my loved ones. For 110, I don’t have my freedom. But I am innocent. I am being falsely accused and will never stop fighting to clear my name!
The picture that is being painted of me is ugly and untrue. My fans know I love to celebrate life, I love my family, I love travel, I love music, I love my fans. I have all faith that God will grant me justice for the purity in my heart and the innocence of my actions.
As a Black Man in America, it seems as though my art is only acceptable when Is a source of entertainment for the masses. My art is not allowed to stand alone as entertainment, I’m not allowed that freedom as a Black Man in America. It is a sad reality that slavery is still alive in America today and still affecting my people. In 12 states more than half of the prison population is Black, one of those states is Georgia.
Nothing will stop me from chasing my dreams, I won’t stop being a good person, even if some unnamed and unknown accusers want the world to see me as a bad person. When I was free, I tried to be good and kind to the community around me and, when I am released, I will do the same thing all over again.”
We still pushing P: Power, Prayer, Progress, Passion, Productivity, Praise, Precision, Peace, Prosperity, Patience, Pride, and Persistence.”
Gunna is currently being held at Fulton County Jail in Georgia where he awaits trial. Along with Young Thug, he is among the 28 who were indicted on Rico charges which includes murder, armed robbery, and participation in criminal street gang activity.
Last week, 300 Entertainment co-founder Kevin Liles created his ‘Rap Music on Trial: Protect Black Art’ petition on Change.org to cease the use of rap lyrics in court.