The journey AR-Ab took to sign to Cash Money was a long and treacherous one of many. Both he and Dark Lo faced some serious hurdles before AR’s deal with Birdman. In 2010, AR was fighting a gun and drug case simultaneously, and though he felt the gun case was going to put him behind bars, he was actually found guilty for the crack case and faced 3-6 years. Dark Lo says the team was crushed, but they maintained such a tight-knit circle that they held OBH down until his return. “You can’t imagine the state everybody was in. Later that night, I went to the studio, and I’m talking about that’s when I knew how much power I had.” AR explained, “Everybody was in there ready to cry. When I say everybody was ready to cry, we [are] talking about killers.”
For AR, the sentence came right after his mother and grandmother’s death, and he says he had to start his prison date the day after his brother was released after serving 9-years upstate. To make matters worse, AR says he was shot several times as well. “It was a crazy time, I just got shot, I got shot three times, then I got shot ten times five months after that, then five months after that my grandmom died, then a month after that my mom died.”
Further into the conversation, Dark Lo and AR-Ab talked about jail & gun culture being normal in Philadelphia, and why he left his strict, religious household for the street life at 15.