Edd’s MANtra: Guess who’s back?

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Show of hands – anyone remember John Forte? He was part of Wyclef Jean’s Refugee Camp collective back in the late 90s. He even released an album, Poly Sci, that like seven people purchased back in ’98.

The main thing I remember is that his lead video featured a singing hood ornament that completely freaked me out.

You’re probably more familiar with Forte’s production – he did a couple of songs from the Fugees’ 1996 masterpiece, The Score. Now THAT was an album. Forte produced “Cowboys,” one of my favorite tracks.

Anyway, in the most random news event I’ve heard in months, President Bush has pardoned Forte’s prison sentence. From sohh.com:

According to the Washington Post, the Grammy-award -winning artist is one out of the 16 people who have either received pardons or reduced sentences in the final months of the Bush Administration.

Forte was arrested after being caught in 2000 at New Jersey’s Newark International Airport with 31 pounds of cocaine stashed in two briefcases. Despite being his first offense, he was later convicted of possession with intent to distribute and given a mandatory 14 year sentence at Fort Dix in New Jersey.


I remember hearing back in the day that he was carrying like $1.5 million in liquid cocaine but he didn’t realize it. O-Kay. If I had a suitcase filled with $1.5 million in Skittles I think I know something was up. Anyway, it’s a moot point because he’ll be a free man next month. Word is his friend Carly Simon put in a good word for him.

Carly Simon? Drugs? You don’t say…

Well, the best thing about this news is that maybe, just maybe, we’ll get that long-awaited Fugees reunion! Sure, Wyclef thinks he’s John Lennon now cuz he wrote that annoying Shakira song, Lauryn is in a padded room and Pras is busy with those double shifts at Wal-Mart (it IS the holiday season, you know) but surely everyone will be willing to come together for one more shot at greatness.

Or maybe I’ll just go listen to The Score.

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