Posted in hiphop | music on May 8, 2012

by BBG

G-Dep

Just before Christmas 2010, a 36-year-old black man, Trevell Coleman, walks into a police station in Harlem and tells the cops that something's been troubling him. He was involved in a shooting many years ago, sixteen or seventeen years ago, and has information they might want to hear. At first the cops take his name and number, tell him to go home, we'll look into it, but that was a long time ago. They never call.

He goes back into the station a few weeks later. It is really eating him. He tells them he was the shooter. He doesn't know if the guy lived or died, and he needs to know. He wants to tell the whole story. He wants to "make right" with the victim's family. Incredibly, he waives his Miranda rights, does not ask for a lawyer, and begins to confess. -[GQ]

The above quote comes from GQ's Editor in Chief, who served as a foreman for a jury on a murder case for former-Bad Boy Records MC G-Dep. As stated above, G-Dep came into the police station to confess to the 1993 murder and as a result of said confession Trevell Coleman was sentenced to 15 years in prison today.

Coleman, who wrestled with drugs and alcohol in the years following the shooting including during his stint as a Bad Boy artist, is married and currently has three children of school age. He commented to MTV news earlier this month that the guilty verdict "was God's will" and that he wanted "to thank everyone that was involved in the case" and harbored "no ill thoughts towards anybody". Sad story all the way around.

G-Dep released Child of The Ghetto in 2001 spawning the singles "Let's Get It" and "Special Delivery", the latter of which spawned a remix with Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray, Craig Mack, and P. Diddy.

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Comments (50)

G Dumbass

Posted by Blag the destroyer | May 8, 2012 4:16 PM

Kudos to him for having a conscious.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:17 PM

He was supposed to be Bad Boy's next big thing. Let's Get It was a great song. I guess the only thing he's getting, :puts sunglasses on: ... is 15 years.

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:18 PM

4:18 is 17, loves Supreme clothing and thinks Odd Future is tight.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:19 PM

so it's ok to snitch on yourself?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:20 PM

what a loss to society.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:21 PM

So going to jail makes it ok to kill people? He would have been better off keeping the secret and just working to be a better person/parent because now there are more kids with a daddy in prison. Fail all the way around.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:24 PM

Prison >>> Fatherhood

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:26 PM

15 years for murder? That's messed up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:26 PM

agree with 4:17

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:28 PM

17-year-olds dont know who the fuck G-Dep is. Dont be a silly goose. And how dare you accuse me of listening to Odd Future. Thats worse than being called a Holocaust-denier.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:28 PM

do many people have a "conscious?"

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:35 PM

3 kids of school age? wow, that must be crushing to them, assuming they have even met him. i wonder if his three baby-mamas are gonna have to get jobs now that he's in prison with the rest of the american negroes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:35 PM

4:28 is 21, lives in Santa Fe and is moving to Williamsburg next summmer - He's super excited.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:36 PM

he should have stuck with Ma$e and become a man of the cloth

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 4:54 PM

Many people don't have a conscious, but they do have couscous.

Posted by Dr. Hipster, Professor of Hummus Studies, Sausage Univ. | May 8, 2012 4:58 PM

4:35 #2 - Run in front of a bus please. Hopefully the driver will be one of the few "american negroes" that you claim are not behind bars. Fucking douche.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:08 PM

4:35-you need to be lit on fire

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:10 PM

This dude has more balls than 99% of you whiny-ass babies. You hide behind your anonymous posts on your little ipad, sipping your caramel macchiato posting spiteful, hateful shit. But, I'm willing to bet, if ever in the face of adversity, you'd snitch, lie and backstab your own blood to settle back into your pathetic little world.

Bunch of spineless losers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:14 PM

4:35 ain't wrong

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:14 PM

Let's use this forum to talk about how the loss of the nuclear family, declining quality of public education, and racial housing practices perpetuate African American's social inequality.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:21 PM

Interesting case. Why did he not get an attorney and a private detective to sus it out? He could pay his karmic debt on the outside of prison. Now he is going be locked up for 15 years at $30k a year. Also notable that the police brushed him off the first time he came in to confess.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:31 PM

4:18, I chuckled

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:40 PM

5:40 and 4:18 are the same person. He's chuckling at his own joke.

You need to learn how to punch yourself in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 5:49 PM

Huh?

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 6:03 PM

I HAVE STOLEN MY CABLE TV FOR YEARS AND YOU'LL NEVER CATCH ME BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 6:17 PM

5:14 I will never be faced this "adversity", because I DON"T SHOOT PEOPLE. It's not that hard. Don't shoot people and you won't face this adversity. That a murderer feels guilty about if afterwards doesn't somehow make him a virtuous murderer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 6:49 PM

BV was basically baiting the racist assholes with this one.

Posted by Anonymous | May 8, 2012 9:24 PM

Shades of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.

Posted by Art | May 8, 2012 10:23 PM

Against Me transgender you hipster motherfuckers

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 12:08 AM

HEAD OVER WHEELS IS A FUCKIN CLASSIC. PURE. STR8 BLUNT MUSIC. BEAUTIFUL LOOP, JUST PERFECT HIP HOP. REAL NYC SHIT. BEFORE RAP WAS RUINED. DO YOUR TIME DUNNY. GOOD LUCK. PEACE!!!

Posted by REALNIGGA | May 9, 2012 12:12 AM

5:49, 5:40 not 4:18, i know for fact, y u mad tho?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 12:32 AM

I'd like to point out that 5:14 posted as "anonymous", probably from a kindle fire or samsung galaxy while sipping kool-aid

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 12:40 AM

Is it not also odd that the GQ editor served as foreman on this case? What are the chances of that? Most people get put on jury duty either never get called back or sit on some fender bender case.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 1:13 AM

sad story for him, young boys should learn from this

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:11 AM

^yeah what an epiphonic lesson: if you MURDER people it might weigh on your conscience. Thank go for G-Dep. What a hero.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:22 AM

I think that the brother knew what the likely outcome would be when he walked into the police station, and he took the hard road. I think that it is horrible that he killed a man, but I think that it is praiseworthy and a sign of true spiritual development that he wanted to make things right to the extent that he had control over it. And not just wanted to but married that right sentiment with consequential actions. Responsibility is something that we are taught to eschew in our present society (for reasons that I may uncover in another post), and I think that we should all take notice when someone actually does the right thing, even if it costs them something dear like freedom.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 7:38 AM

They should probably euthanize his kids at this point. Criminal behavior is largely due to genetics so it's only a matter of time before they snuff out someones life.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 8:20 AM

^Great...let's hope they start with yours 8:20.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 8:43 AM

Agreed with an above post, he should have been closer to Ma$e. Tragic story, at least he had the sense to confess to it...

Posted by Dallas | May 9, 2012 8:45 AM

5:21

The bigger picture is seldom discussed on the website. Always the smaller details/distractions from the truth.

That said, we all own our decisions and it's up to the individual to cultivate his/her awareness so that they can make more active and conscious decisions ..rather than simply reacting to our emotions.

The only thing I disagree with 5:21 is that i don't think its a loss (nuclear family ..etc) I think it is a manufactured situation created to perpetuate inequality.

Posted by Burg | May 9, 2012 9:33 AM

Great, so every time some hoodlum needs to achieve spiritual development an innocent person has to die? Great that a whole sect of our society has to kill someone on the path to becoming a "man". You bleeding hearts have got some fucking backwards ideas.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 11:23 AM

^I know. What a right of passage.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 11:49 AM

"Great that a whole sect of our society has to kill someone on the path to becoming a "man"."

SATAN AWAITS YOU, SODOMITE.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | May 9, 2012 11:55 AM

"so every time some hoodlum needs to achieve spiritual development an innocent person has to die"

that's not the point and you know it. he is manning up for what he did. he didn't need to kill the kid, but he did and he could have kept it buried forever without repercussions - that's what a cold case will afford you.

now stop trolling and act like you can comprehend a few simple written words strung together to represent a simple idea or two.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 12:02 PM

@ Burg/9:33am:
This is 5:21. I just put down a few sociological problems that the black community faces. I'm just going to address one because I don't feel like writing an essay.

Loss of the nuclear family: G-Dep just made three children fatherless. Unfortunately, 40% of our inmate population are black males, which is disturbing since African-Americans make up 13.8% of our total population. I think its like 1 out of every 8 black males (b/w ages of 18-64) in the US are in jail or have served time. Many black children grow up in a single parent family or live with their grandparents. That disadvantages most children psychologically when you remove the presence of a nuclear family. Imagine growing up without having a role model to tell you to stay away from the peer pressure to join gangs or do drugs in poor communities. I could now go on about how these communities became poor because of racial housing practices, but I'll leave that up to your imagination.

Anyway, to blame the individual 9:33am is a two way street. G-Dep was a product of his environment. Yet, he did shoot someone. It's just these stories are the norm in poor black communities.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 1:28 PM

11.23 here. I wasn't trolling. I hope you will admit that applauding/praising a thug murderer just for turning himself in 20 years later is strange. Why set the bar so low? Kind of betrays your built in assumption that that community is incapable of acting civilized. Someday people will realize that making excuses for people like this perpetuates the problem. I personally believe that everyone is capable of a whole hell of a lot, which is why I am often disgusted and saddened by how much life is wasted. Not only did he waste the victim's life, but his as well.

You only get one chance at this life, do you really think the victim got what's fair? What if it was you? 15 years of hot meals and myriad benefits for him in exchange for everything that you will ever know from this point on? And on tap of it all, this happens because one day he decides that the things you have in your pockets are worth taking your life over?

Fuck you, and fuck him.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:46 PM

Another productive, wholesome hip-hopper!

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 4:41 PM

now stop trolling and act like you can comprehend a few simple written words strung together to represent a simple idea or two.

Posted by my egy | May 11, 2012 5:52 PM

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