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“I Got To Turn Jail Into Yale”

In a recent interview with VladTV, Harlem-bred rapper Juelz Santana reflected on his most recent prison sentence and the living conditions in jail which, he says, made him a “smarter” human being.

According to Rolling Stone, the rapper was sentenced to 27 months in prison for bringing a loaded gun to a Newark, New Jersey airport in 2018. Authorities arrested Santana after finding a loaded Derringer 38-caliber handgun and a “controlled dangerous substance” in the rapper’s carry-on bag.

As reported by HipHopDX, Santana served 17 months at FCI Petersburg Medium in Hopewell, Virgina. The prison is a medium security federal correctional institution.

I hated being there, but it was a learning experience. For me I got to turn jail into Yale. I got to be smarter, I got to read a lot more and I got back to writing. Like I wrote so much in there. Like my execution plans since I been home been phenomenal right now, like I’m just all the way in getting to it.

Santana Explained The Difference Between Holding Cells And Prison

A holding cell in a couple days is way different from being in jail it’s not dirty and pissy. A holding cell where you go to is way different from what you getting and you locked down and you ’bout to be in the cell and you got a cellmate and stuff like that. Cause for one, n***a your cellmate ain’t going to let you be in no dirty, pissy… one of y’all going to be fighting.

N****s keep their shit clean in jail. All that pissy, dirty shit, that’s at the bookings with motherf*****s that don’t give a f**k and there’s no order. You go to jail, there’s order n***a. There’s order, there’s politics and there’s shit going on.

The Diplomats rapper explained that the “order” in prison is due to inmates being aware that they’re staying there for the long haul.

For the most part, now it’s like because n****s know they’re there to live there. When you’re in a holding cell, most of them motherf*****s are like, ‘I’m going home tomorrow. My mommy bout to bail me out, this about to happen.’ They not going to be there long.

Santana Is Preparing To Drop A New Project

The “Clockwork” rapper’s sit down with VladTV comes ahead of the release of his next project, which will be his first since 2020, as reported by HotNewHipHop.

Santana delivered a sample of what fans could expect by posting a short video clip to Instagram earlier in the week. In the clip, rapper A-Boogie’s vocals can be heard.


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