According to Atlanta local news, Young Stoner Life Records rappers Gunna and Young Thug paid bail for 30 inmates of the Fulton County Jail over the weekend, riding high on the streaming success of their newly released compilation album Slime Language 2 and collaboration track “Ski.” The two Atlanta natives posted a video of former prisoners being reunited with family members when they were released; the majority were being kept on minor charges but lacked the funds to post bail.
As Thug pointed out, “This is where we are from. We just woke up and went to the jail with the lawyer and DA’s and the prosecutors, the bonding companies, and just got as many people as we can out.” Gunna echoed, “You never know what somebody been through. There was people sitting out three or four years and couldn’t get out on a bond. If they did the crime, then they can do the time, then it’s all right. But it’s like you’re giving them a bond higher than what they stole.”
According to WSBTV, only two months ago, the jail was 400 inmates over its 2,500-inmate capacity — amid a global pandemic(!) — and a city councilman described the conditions as the worst he’d ever seen. Although the rappers haven’t revealed how much money they spent on the photo shoot — yes, the scenes will be used in a future music video — they have promised that it won’t be a one-time thing, inspiring their peers to follow their lead.
Thug and Unfoonk’s “True” is among the compilation’s other music videos, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week.