Infamous Gangster Disciple co-founder Larry Hoover has been behind bars since 1973 when he was convicted of 19-year-old drug dealer William “Pooky” Young’s murder.
While serving his sentence, Hoover was slapped with additional charges of conspiracy, extortion and money laundering in 1995 following a 17-year undercover investigation into his criminal enterprise.
Hoover was arrested at the Dixon Correctional Center by federal agents and moved to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago to stand trial.
He was then found guilty on all charges in 1997 and sentenced to six life sentences, which many deemed controversial. He’s currently serving his sentence at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado.
“IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN YOU PLAN TO FAIL,” he wrote on Saturday (October 2). “Good plans in the making to free our brother Larry Hoover with the support of @champagnepapi and @kanyewest #TheArtandScienceOfRespect. To be continued.”
Kanye West has been fighting for Larry Hoover’s freedom since at least 2018 when he met with former president Donald Trump to ask for clemency.
“There’s infinite amounts of the universe and there’s alternate universe,” Ye said at the time. “So it’s very important for me to get Hoover out because in an alternate universe, I am him and I have to go and get him free.
“Because he was doing positive inside Chicago just like I’m moving back to Chicago, and it’s not just about, you know, getting on stage and being an entertainer and having a monolithic voice that’s forced to be a specific part.”
Last month, Larry Hoover Jr. was included on Kanye’s long-awaited Donda album. On both “Jesus Lord” and “Jesus Lord, Pt. 2,” the younger Hoover is heard outlining the cracks in America’s criminal justice system and impact of his father’s incarceration on his family.
Check it out the tracks below.