AR-Ab Sentenced to 45 Years for Running Drug Ring Implicated in Murder

According to reports, Philadelphia rapper AR-Ab was just sentenced to 45 years in prison for his role in operating a drug ring that was implicated in a murder.

AR-Ab, real name Abdul West, was sentenced following a 2019 conviction which stated that the Philly native transformed his record label, Original Block Hustlaz (OBH), into a drug trafficking organization implicated in at least one murder.

“You could have been a hero instead of a criminal,” said Federal Judge Michael Baylson during the sentencing hearing. “But you became a drug dealer. You made that decision. That’s why you’re being punished.”

“The court, the FBI agents, and the prosecutors don’t understand my culture,” AR-Ab said while addressing the court after receiving his sentence. “We don’t rap about flowers and rainbows. We’re gangsta rappers. We rap about where we grew up. So we rap about drug dealing. We rap about violence.”


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