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Posted by Robert
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4/21/2004 1:42:55 AM

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As most of you know, Turk ,AKA "Tab Virgil" of Hot Boys fame is being held in a maximum-security prison in Tennessee on charges of attempted murder of a Memphis deputy sheriff. This situation made this interview a little difficult, because there were things he could not talk about, mainly surrounding his case. Therefore, I wanted to focus on his new album and keep a positive flow in this interview.
     As you may be able to tell, time constraints limited the interview. We were given 15 minutes, although I had about 45 minutes of questions.
I can say Turk seems to be up beat and in good spirits. He sounded strong and confident. It was good to hear him so upbeat, given the current circumstances.
     There are a few things that should be remembered about Turk's situation.
One of the charges has already been dropped when ballistics tests showed that a second officer he had been accused of shooting was shot by another police officer who was present at the scene.
Of course, many rap artists have found themselves 'charged' with crimes, and later are found not guilty of those charges. Tupac was accused of shooting two policemen, Snoop was accused of murder, P. Diddy faced charges in a nightclub shooting, and many others have gone through such ordeals. All these artists were later found not guilty.
     With the time constraints, to waste what little time I had to talk with Turk, by asking questions that I knew he could not answer, or for me to speculate about something that I have no real knowledge on, would have really showed disrespect to Turk and would have just made the focus of this interview meaningless.
     I wanted to know about his upcoming album, because I have heard it, and find it a very good drop.
     Before you let the mainstream media convict Turk, even before his trial, and before you let any media try to convince you of his alleged guilt, just remember that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Anyway that this turns out, Turk should be shown love and respect. Don't let the mainstream press make your minds and attitudes up for you, and remember the past.
     A legal defense fund has been set up for Turk. Those who wish to make a donation make checks payable to the Tab 'Turk' Virgil Legal Defense Fund.  They may be sent in care of Da King And I Management LLC, PO Box 73131, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-3131
I'd also like to thank Turk for talking with me and thank Phyllis Pollack of Def Press for setting all of it up for me.

Robert - Thanks for taking time to talk to us and giving me this opportunity.

Turk - Yeah.

Robert -I really don't know what to say about your present situation, except I wish you all the best, and with God's help, things will work themselves out soon.

Turk - For real.

Robert -Are things with the Legal Defense Fund going well?

Turk - Yeah, everything is going right; I guess everything is going the way I want it to go, ya know; it's in God's hands.

Robert -Are the industry people and fans showing ya love?

Turk - Yeah, I have been getting a lot of fan mail, a lot of support. They are all sticking behind me. And I am going to show them my appreciation when I come home and do my music.  I am going to do something spectacular for all my fans all across the world.

Robert - I'm glad to hear that, but it is going to be hard to beat this new album. It's hot.

Turk - I already know man. I mean, I wasn't expecting the results from it, ya know. Like I said, it is one of my best albums, I feel like it is one of my best solo albums. But I've got another one that I wrote in here, man, that's just the half of it, compared to the one I got in here man.

Robert -For those who may not know, you were a member of the Hot Boys, right?

Turk - Yeah, one of the origin

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