By Kathy Iandoli
Petey Pablo might just “Raise Up” with a trip back to prison.
The rapper, whose government name is Moses Barrett III, pleaded guilty to gun charges for possession of a stolen firearm.
The charges date back to September 11th 2010, when Pablo was arrested at the Raleigh-Durham International airport after security found the concealed weapon in the North Carolina rapper’s luggage. The weapon was spotted through the airport security’s x-ray machine.
Per Petey, he didn’t know the gun was in his bag, as he claims the weapon wasn’t even his. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and attempting to take a gun onto an aircraft. Pablo struck a plea agreement where by pleading guilty, two of those charges are dropped.
This isn’t Petey Pablo’s first trip to the big house. The rapper previously served a six-year jail term for armed robbery.
Petey Pablo rose to fame in 2001 with his single “Raise Up” (off his debut album Diary Of a Sinner: 1st Entry), reaching Number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also made a cameo in Nick Cannon’s 2002 flick Drumline. His follow-up hit single “Freek-a-Leek” (off 2004’s Still Writing In my Diary: 2nd Entry) made it to Number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Petey was rumored to be working with Suge Knight. However, a formal alignment with Death Row Records was never solidified. After an extended hiatus, the Southern rapper was set to release an album some time this year.
As the rapper – best known for songs like “Raise Up” and “Freek-a-Leek” – faces his sentencing in June. Pablo faces up to ten years in prison.