Ex-Bad Boy star Loon was released from prison on Thursday (July 30) after serving nearly a decade for drug-related charges. Signed to the Diddy-helmed label in the early 2000s, Loon appeared on Diddy hits such as “I Need A Girl (Part One)” and “I Need A Girl (Part Two).”
Upon his release, Loon shared a photo of himself with Akon’s label executive brother Bu Thaim and two other friends standing in front of a Rolls Royce. Diddy, who evidently peruses The Shade Room’s Instagram account, commented underneath the photo, writing, “God is great. Welcome home. Get at me king. Love.”
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#TSRUpdatez: Okay!! 👏🏽👏🏽 #Diddy stepped in the Shade Room to welcome #Loon back & give him a message 🤎 (SWIPE for some of their hits)
Diddy’s comment prompted over 1,300 responses — and not all of them were positive. Many wondered why the Hip Hop mogul would use social media rather than simply reaching out to Loon privately. Others felt Diddy’s sentiments sounded hallow. There were also a few accusations thrown in there suggesting Diddy was responsible for Loon’s downfall.
In 2016, over a dozen celebrities sent a letter to Donald Trump, asking him to grant Loon clemency for his minor role in the non-violent drug offense.
The letter was signed by Snoop Dogg, former NBA champion Kevin Garnett, music industry executive Jason Flom, movie producer Scott Budnick (The Hangover), Grammy-winners Faith Evans and Stevie J, Roc Nation rapper Freeway, Baby Bash, fashion model Jeremy Meeks and recent clemency recipient Alice Johnson, whose sentence was commuted by Trump after a widely circulated campaign by Kim Kardashian.
On June 2, Loon’s attorney filed an “instant compassionate release” motion. In that document, Loon expressed concern over COVID-19, explaining he suffers from latent tuberculosis and has battled acute laryngopharyngitis, acute bronchitis, and bronchopneumonia in the past. Subsequently, the 45-year-old was granted a “compassionate release” from Coleman Low, a Federal Correctional Institution in Florida this week.
Loon converted to Islam in 2008 and changed his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith, putting the man previously known as Loon behind him. Whatever Diddy wants to talk about remains to be seen.