(AllHipHop News) Vince Staples is a Hip Hop artist that is not afraid to speak his mind, even if his opinion goes against the grain. For example, back in 2015, the California emcee pissed off old-heads when he questioned why 1990's era Hip Hop gets so much credit.
The FM! album creator is once again pushing back against conventional wisdom. This week, Staples showed he is not ready to see jail time for Jussie Smollett, the embattled Empire actor that was arrested for allegedly orchestrating a fake hate crime against himself.
"Ah, man, free the Juice Man. He's just running a little scam. Sh*t, the fact he feels like he has to do that says more about this world and less about him. Because nobody wants to do that. Hopefully he don't get time because police are smoking people, falsifying police reports, and they get to go home so let my boy go home," said Vince in an interview with GQ.
He repeated that sentiment on social media by tweeting, "Free that n*gga Jussie... Y’all mad at Jussie but who gon ask cuh for a fade?" Smollett has had to endure significant public backlash after being charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
While numerous public figures, including President Donald Trump, have blasted Smollett for his supposed involvement in a hoax, Staples is not the only person to back the entertainer. Empire star Terrence Howard posted on Instagram, "The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly."
Some of the growing support for Smollett comes after details in the case presented by Chicago police have been disputed. Smollett's lawyers specifically called out the CPD for "true and false" leaks from the department.
CPD officials maintain their belief that Smollett was directly involved in fabricating an assault by Trump supporters that purportedly took place on January 29. Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson insists Chicago investigators have more evidence that proves Smollett paid Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo to stage the attack.