Travell 'G. Dep' Coleman at Club Exit in New York City in 2003 (Photo: Johnny Nunez)

Travell “G. Dep” Coleman, a former rapper on Diddy’s Bad Boy label, has been released from prison after Governor Kathy Hochul commuted his life sentence for murder

In 2010, G. Dep walked into a New York police precinct and admitted to committing a 17-year-old cold case murder to clear his conscience. 

An attorney for the rapper at the time that Coleman “had been haunted” by the 1993 fatal shooting of John Henkel during a robbery in East Harlem. 

Henkel was shot three times in the chest outside of an apartment complex. 

Travell “G. Dep” Coleman served 13 years of his 15-year-to-life sentence. 

See video below of the moment G. Dep was released from prison and greeted by the loving arms of his family below.

While incarcerated, the rapper earned an associate’s degree and facilitated violence prevention and sobriety counseling programs, while also participating in a variety of educational and rehabilitative classes, according to Hochul’s office.

At the peak of his career, Coleman was a rising Hip Hop star on Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ Bad Boy Entertainment with hits like “Special Delivery” and “Let’s Get It.” 

He also helped popularize the loose-limbed dance craze known as the “Harlem Shake” in the early 2000s. 

Welcome home, G. Dep. 

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