Rapper 2 Chainz has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour possession of a controlled drug. The I'm Different star, real name Tauheed Epps, was arrested in June, 2013 at Los Angeles International Airport, where customs officials discovered marijuana and codeine, which requires a prescription, in his luggage.
He was charged with felony drug possession in Los Angeles last month (Apr14), but he pleaded not guilty.
On Monday (05May14), the charge was dropped and the rapper pleaded guilty to misdemeanour possession of a controlled substance.
He was sentenced to an 18-month drug diversion program.
Rapper 2 Chainz has been sentenced to probation after reaching a plea deal in his felony drug case. The I'm Different hitmaker, real name Tauheed Epps, pleaded guilty to misdemeanour drug possession charges last month (Apr14) in relation to a June, 2013 arrest at Los Angeles International Airport, where customs officials reportedly discovered marijuana and cough medication codeine, which requires a prescription, in his luggage.
On Monday (05May14), he was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to participate in a drug treatment programme. If he completes the programme within 18 months, his case will be dismissed in its entirety, according to TMZ.com.
During the hearing, Epps also received a sobriety bracelet from Judge Keith Schwartz to help remind him to stay sober.
Rapper 2 Chainz has pleaded not guilty to a felony drug possession charge. The I'm Different star, real name Tauheed Epps, was arraigned in court on Tuesday (08Apr14) in relation to a June, 2013 arrest at Los Angeles International Airport, where customs officials reportedly discovered marijuana and cough medication codeine, which requires a prescription, in his luggage.
Los Angeles prosecutors filed the charge last week (03Apr14).
If convicted, the rapper faces up to three years behind bars, according to TMZ.com.
Rapper 2 Chainz has been charged with felony drug possession in connection to his arrest last year (13). The hip-hop star, real name Tauheed Epps, was booked as he attempted to board a plane at LAX airport in Los Angeles last June (13) after custom officers allegedly discovered marijuana and a prescription medication in his luggage.
He has now been charged 10 months after his arrest, according to TMZ.com.
2 Chainz, 36, faces up to three years in jail if convicted. He is due before a court next week (beg07Apr14).
In just about every one of Kevin Hart's scenes in Ride Along, there's a joke that is just aching to find its way out of the diminutive, rascally comic actor. Hart is a small-scale physical comedian — of the same ilk as Jack Black — who puts nuclear-degree energy into his facial contortions, anatomical outbursts, and the delivery of every gag in general. If only he had material that was crafted with the same energy.
Unfortunately, nothing else about Ride Along seems at all "hard at work." Not the script, which pads a lifeless story with lazy comedy, and certainly not his screen partner Ice Cube, whose only stage direction seems to be "frown, and be taller than Kevin Hart." So lifeless is Ice Cube that even his machismo-obsessed straight man bit doesn't really work. Instead of the virile and intimidating "bad cop," he comes off as a disapproving middle aged dad without much to show for his own life.
But the script pairs the wily, overzealous high school security guard and video game junkie Ben (Hart) with no-nonsense lawman James (Ice Cube) on the titular ride along, with the scrappy cop-wannabe hoping to prove to the force veteran that he's good enough to marry the latter's younger sister. In earnest, he's not. Ben never puts any respectable effort into learning the tools of the trade, insisting on employing his amateur style and controlling the radio despite his proclamations that he wants, and deserves, James' trust. And James is no saint either — he's irresponsible on crime scenes, violent with perps, and disgruntled to the point of being unable to work with anybody else on the force. These are not good police officers... of course, you'll say, this is a comedy. But where are the laughs, then?
They're not absent entirely, you just have to look for them. In a movie so focused with big, broad humor, it's the smaller comedy that actually lands best. Hart's background mutterings and fumblings, his emoticon-laden texts to girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, whose only stage direction seems to be "smile, and never wear a full outfit of clothing"), and a bizarre repetition of the word "weird" from supporting player John Leguizamo. All good for unexpected chuckles, while jokes like Hart facing off with a pre-teen or being blown backwards into a brick wall after firing a large gun are all lazy, familiar, and flat.
Structurally, the script is a mess. Ride Along spends far too much time on set up — we get it, Hart and his soon-to-be-brother-in-law Ice Cube don't get along — and far too much time on wrap-up — there's a gigantic, dramatic warehouse shootout that, in any other movie, would be the climax, but there's plenty more to go after that — without any cohesive middle to make the movie feel like... a movie.
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Hart, who leaps at every comic opportunity like a kangaroo (wallaby would be more appropriate), is suited just right for a buddy cop comedy, but he needs something fresh with which to work — a real character, an interesting story, actually funny jokes. Even just one of these would be fine!
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Rapper 2 Chainz received an unwelcome Christmas present on Tuesday (24Dec13) when he was formally charged for obstruction of justice relating to a police run-in in August (13). The I'm Different hitmaker, real name Tauheed Epps, was busted alongside members of his entourage over the summer (13) after refusing to let an officer onboard his tour bus to investigate the smell of marijuana smoke emanating from the vehicle.
The cop, who had initially stopped the bus due to a faulty tail light, booked 11 people for obstructing a police officer, and now 2 Chainz has been officially charged with the misdemeanour.
Taking to his Twitter.com page on Christmas Eve (24Dec13), he wrote, "So the fact that OKC (Oklahoma police) is charging me with obstruction months after pulling my bus over And finding nothing lets me know the devil is busy".
If convicted, he faces up to a year behind bars and a $1,000 (£670) fine, reports AllHipHop.com.
2 Chainz spoke out about the arrest in September (13), insisting he had done nothing wrong and accusing police of unfairly targeting him.
He told MTV's RapFix Live show, "You're not gonna find a kilo on my bus. You're not gonna find an unregistered reason. I went to work all last year. I paid taxes. I did everything I was supposed to do. So maybe people need to start aiming at some criminals. For me, I'm cold turkey on all criminal activities. I don't wanna do anything criminal. It's just about wasting your time, my time and taxpayers' money."
Rapper 2 Chainz is considering releasing a sex tape to make some extra cash. The My Story hitmaker, real name Tauheed Epps, is hoping the venture will make him a very rich man and make sure all his future mistakes are covered financially.
He tells Playboy magazine, "I want to put out a sex tape in the next five to 10 years and reap all the benefits in case I spend my hard-earned rap money doing boneheaded activities."
And 2 Chainz already has an idea of who he'd like to join him in bed for his sex tape: "I hate to say this, but I think Iggy Azalea's dope."
He also wouldn't be opposed to romancing his Beez In The Trap collaborator Nicki Minaj: "Yeah, I'd do that."
Rapper 2 Chainz fears he has been unfairly targeted by cops after two drug busts this year (13). The hip-hop hitmaker has had a long-time connection to marijuana and was first arrested for using the drug when he was a teenager and now he feels like he is on every U.S. police force's radar as a weed smoker, and that cops like to make an example of him.
2 Chainz has already beaten one of the drug possession charges from earlier this year (13) and now he is speaking about a bust in Oklahoma last month (Aug13), when he was charged with obstructing a police officer by refusing to let him onboard his tour bus after the cop claimed he could smell pot smoke coming from the vehicle.
The rapper, real name Tauheed Epps, tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It just p**ses me off, every time. It didn't make a lot of sense. 'No matter if my chef is cooking f**king tilapia covered in onions, you still smell weed? Well, let me talk to my lawyer, before y'all shoot the s**t out of one of us'."
However, the busts haven't halted 2 Chainz's post-show pot ritual.
He adds, "I don't do nothing to harm nobody. After a show, I take my shoes off, drink some water and, I'm sorry, but I may smoke a joint... I hop that don't get me no time (in prison)."
Rapper 2 Chainz had to abandon his dreams of becoming a top basketball star following a weed bust. The hitmaker, real name Tauheed Epps, was on course to replace sportsman Penny Hardaway after he left the University of Memphis for the professional game, but a drug arrest derailed his college plans.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine he was behind bars on the morning he was supposed to take his standardised colleges tests and ended up getting into lowly Alabama State University, where he studied psychology and became friends with Georgia radio personality Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris, who signed 2 Chainz to his Disturbing Tha Peace record label.
He says, "Ludacris gave me my first bank account. I still have that account."
A tour bus used by rapper 2 Chainz was loaded with guns and drugs when cops pulled it over in Oklahoma last month (Aug13). The rapper, real name Tauheed Epps, was forced to cancel his album listening party to promote his new record B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time in New York last month following the incident.
Officers in Oklahoma City stopped the rapper's tour bus after spotting a broken tail light, and eleven people, including 2 Chainz, were arrested after they refused to get off for nine hours.
It has now emerged officers found two semi-automatic pistols and a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun along with some prescription painkillers and marijuana while searching the bus, according to documents filed in Oklahoma County District Court on Tuesday (03Sep13).
Twenty shells for the 12-gauge shotgun were seized and prescription medications hydrocodone and Flexeril were also discovered.
The 35 year old and his pals have been charged with obstructing a police officer and are currently free on $2,000 (£!,333) bail.