Quiet as kept, Chi-Ali has been released from prison after serving about 12 years of a 14-year sentence for second-degree murder. Siccness.net and SOHH reported the rapper’s release, which occurred in late August, over a week ago with little fanfare. Now 36 years-old, Chi was recently spotted (see photo below) on the set of Fat Joe’s forthcoming video for “Yellow Tape,” featuring French Montana and Lil Wayne.
Back in 2000, Chi-Ali shot and killed Sean Raymond, the brother of his then girlfriend. The “Funky Lemonade” rapper went on the run for a little over a year before he was apprehended in 2001.
Chi-Ali came to fame in the early 90s as the youngest member of the Native Tongue collective of MCs that included A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Black Sheep. The Bronx native’s biggest hit was “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A #,” which Skyzoo says inspired his own career, from The Fabulous Chi-Ali, his sole album and recorded when he was just 14 years-old.
Welcome back home Chi Ali.