By Maurice Bobb
Wilkinsburg rapper Hardo is finally back home after he was found not guilty Monday morning (June 9) of drug charges after appearing before a Common Pleas judge for a nonjury trial.
Hardo, who is affiliated with rap stalwarts Mac Miller and T.I., was arrested August 30, 2013 and charged with possession with intent to deliver after officers pulled him over for running a stop sign and discovered 250 individual stamp bags of heroin in a closed bag under the driver’s seat.
News of Hardo’s acquittal spread like wildfire, causing a litany of Pittsburgh’s biggest rappers to show their support via Twitter and Instagram.
T.I., who acknowledged Hardo’s talent while appearing on MTV News last year, took to IG to post a picture of his rap “potna” with a caption welcoming him back home.
“@trapnhardo found #NOTGuilty yest. “IM doin dis for black & yellow FREE HARDO!!!!” Guess God was listening. Come home & let’s get back to da GRIND my guy!!!!!! #lifeisgood #godisgreat #hustlegangovererrrrthang,” he wrote.
Others in Hardo’s inner circle like Chevy Woods followed suit.
— Chevy Woods (@CHEVYWOODS) June 9, 2014
everybody tweet #welcomehomehardo
— oldjewish.com (@MacMiller) June 9, 2014
As for Wiz Khalifa, he was just holding down Steel City until Hardo came home.
Im doin it for blacc and yellow, free Hardo. @Tip
— We Dem Boyz (@wizkhalifa) May 27, 2014
Not one to waste time, the rapper born Joseph Barnett hit the studio immediately after his release and dropped a taste of things to come with the new single, “Thug Motivation.”
Produced by Stevie B, the piercing track sizzles with street pathos, with the Wilkinsburg representer spitting lines like, “N—a f–k the same page, I’m in a different book/they think we see the shit the same, I got a different look” and “I played the cards that they deal me/I’m trying to be there for my son, that’s my lil B.”