03 Greedo has been paroled from the Texas prison where he has been held since 2018, when he was sentenced to 20 years on drug and gun possession charges, a Texas Department of Justice official told Pitchfork. After a successful parole hearing in late June, Greedo has spent the last few weeks completing a program to win his freedom. He released a mixtape to celebrate his release, Free 03, on Tuesday January 10th.
Police charged Greedo with drug and gun possession in 2018 after he searched a car he was traveling in on a dubious pretext, the Washington Post reported in 2020. Greedo was convicted of possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm by a criminal. “I never thought I would have to retire the year I got blown up,” Greedo tweeted about his 2018 conviction, shortly after the release of The Wolf of Grape Street. Since then, he’s remained pivotal to rap in Los Angeles through a string of records with the likes of Kenny Beats and Travis Barker.
After testing positive for COVID-19 in prison in 2020, Greedo told the Washington Post, “For the first time, people are really seeing that racism is real. The racist abuse and what the police have always done is finally being exposed. But people don’t see what the police are doing to the lives of people in prisons. Or the court system, which has come to a complete standstill. you have used [the pandemic] as another way to discipline us.”