Hip hop superstar and the music world’s resident provocateur Kanye West spewed so-called “Fake News” in his much-publicized appearance at the White House last week, ranting vociferously, yet extremely inaccurately about the continued incarceration of Chicago crime lord Larry Hoover, imprisoned on a murder conviction from the 1970s and a racketeering conviction from the 1990s. Hoover is one of the most powerful and feared street gang bosses in American history and leader of the Gangster Disciples, a vicious criminal organization from the South Side of Chicago which has spread across the country in recent decades. He’s been name-checked in numerous rap songs over the years, most notably in the hook of Miami-rapper Rick Ross’ 2009 hit single B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast).

West, who hails from Chicago and has been awarded 21 Grammys, attended a meeting with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon, and along with Hoover’s attorney, pleaded with Trump to intervene in the Hoover case. The 68-year old “GD” Godfather is serving six consecutive life sentences in the federal supermax lock-up in Florence, Colorado.

“Larry Hoover is a prisoner who was focused on. He has six life sentences. He’s doing his time next to the Unabomber. Doing 23 and 1. That means he’s locked up 23 hours a day,” West told Trump.

Yes, Hoover was “focused on,” due to him being an incredibly dangerous individual. In the late 1960s, Hoover merged his Supreme Gangsters gang with David Barksdale’s Black Disciples gang to form the Gangster Disciples. He was convicted of ordering the February 1973 murder of William (Pookie) Young for Young’s stealing money and drugs from the gang weeks earlier. Sentenced to life in the Young slaying, he had additional prison time tacked on in 1997 after getting convicted of conspiracy in the running of the Gangster Disciples from behind bars in the Operation Headache bust.

Upon Trump asking West what Hoover was convicted of, West deferred to Hoover’s lawyer Justin Moore.

“Allegedly, it’s for conspiracy from prison, from state prison. You know, it’s alleged. But we do believe even if he did commit those crimes, the sentence was overly broad and too strict,” he said.

Well, actually counselor, it’s not alleged. He was convicted of it in a court of law by a jury of his peers. Oh, and you conveniently forgot to tell The Donald about Hoover being found guilty of first degree murder.

West then regained the floor and began telling more falsehoods about Hoover’s legal woes.

“And really, the reason why they imprisoned him is because he started doing positive for the community. He started showing that he actually had power, that he wasn’t just one of a monolithic voice. But he could wrap people around. So there are these theories that there are infinite amounts of universes and there are alternate universes. So it’s very important for me to get Larry Hoover out. Because in an alternate universe, I am him. I have to go and get him free because he was doing positive things inside Chicago. Larry Hoover is an example of a man who was turning his life around. And as soon as tried to turn his life around, they hit him with six life sentences. You say don’t tear down statutes. Larry Hoover is a living statute. He’s a beacon for us and he needs to see his family. He needs to go out and represent…”

Hoover’s rebranding of the Gangster Disciples as a community outreach organization dubbed “Growth & Development” in the late 1980s proved to be just a front for further criminal activity. Until the Operation Headache case dropped in 1995, Hoover ran the gang through his street boss Gregory (Shorty G) Shell. The Operation Headache investigation led to the murder of two GDs either helping the feds build their case or trying to negotiate a deal to do so. Informants told police that Hoover sanctioned the hits one of his lieutenants — Darryl (Pops) Johnson — was convicted of putting into motion.

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