Atlanta rapper, DG Yola, whose real name is Mario Talley, turned himself into authorities this past Friday, August 7th to begin a one-year bid stemming from an aggravated assault charge he received in December of 08. This, according to manager Lady B of Power Hittas Records.
The charge stemmed from an incident in which Yola’s own cousin tried to rob him of cash and a 2009 Jaguar upon Yola’s return from a performance, forcing Yola to shoot the man in the chest in self-defense. Yola’s cousin has since recovered and the two have apparently reconciled.
Although DG Yola was sentenced to a one year prison term, it is possible that he will qualify for an early release for good behavior. Prior to beginning his bid, Yola had been out on a $100,000 bond and had been fitted with a monitoring device.
Despite the sentence, DG Yola, who is best know for his South Eastern street classic, “Ain’t Gon Let Up,” still has plans to drop his debut album, Gutta World in October. Yola currently has a mixtape in the streets, Still Standing, hosted by MixxBosses’ DJ Panic, which is available for download web-wide.
Yola himself was shot in the face in 2007 after an attempted robbery which stalled his national release on Asylum records. Recovering fully, the bullet went through one of his cheeks and exited the other.