The rapper, formerly known as Loon, got out of federal prison on Wednesday as a result of the coronavirus pandemic following a long celebrity campaign urging President Trump to release him, according to NY Post.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle converted his sentence to time, found that the virus was a “extraordinary and compelling” reason, and that he was not a danger to society.
Chauncey Hawkins, 45, served more than eight years as a heroin-dealing conspirator. He was expected to be released in August 2021.
In the early 2000s, Hawkins was a rising star with P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. Hawkins appeared in the 2002 hit song “I Need a Girl (Part One)” with Usher and P. Diddy. He released the song “How You Want That” as part of his own 2003 album “Loon,” which featured Missy Elliot and “Milkshake” singer Kelis.