We’ve witnessed the erstwhile buddies involved in a war of words, lyrics, and even emojis for the past few years.
But they’ve put their differences aside for a concert to raise awareness for a man they both want out of prison.
Larry Hoover, 71, is being held in one of the country’s most security jails.
He’s been incarcerated for more than five decades for his role in gang-related murders and other crimes.
According to court documents filed in July, Hoover was a member of the Chicago gang Gangster Disciples from 1970 to 1995.
The group sold “huge quantities of cocaine, heroin, and other drugs in Chicago” under Hoover’s leadership.
He was sentenced to 150-200 years in prison in 1973 after being convicted of ordering the murder of a 19-year-old neighborhood drug dealer.
After being found guilty of federal narcotics conspiracy, extortion, and continuing to operate in a criminal organization, he was sentenced to six life sentences in 1997.
His supporters claim that while in prison, Hoover told Gangster Disciples members that he opposes violence, wants all members to attend school, and has demonstrated rehabilitation.
Larry Hoover has tried unsuccessfully to have his sentence reduced or reduced to a lesser security jail under the First Step Act, which allows federal drug offenders to dispute their convictions.
Hoover had been held in “extreme isolation” in jail, the court was informed, including being held in solitary confinement for up to 24 hours a day.
The Hoover Project, which fights for his release, claims that putting him in prison for any longer than his sentence “serves no practical use.”
Judge Harry Leinenweber, in a 19-page judgment issued in July, dismissed Hoover’s appeal, calling him “one of the most notorious felons in Illinois history.”
Despite commenting that Hoover’s term at the highest security prison was “especially dismal,” the court expressed concern that Hoover would face “an active risk of harm” if he were released.
The judge noted, “Hoover is renowned and celebrated to this day by the Gangster Disciples.”
“To the extent that one person can discourage another from committing crimes, Hoover’s life sentence symbolically illustrates that the rule of law reaches even those in positions of power who appear untouchable.”
Ye, a Chicago native, has long supported Larry Hoover and has been working to get him out of prison.
When he met with former President Donald Trump in 2018, he brought up the subject and begged for Hoover’s pardon (which he didn’t get).
On his latest album Donda, Ye has a song called Free My Father on which Larry’s son, Larry Jr, speaks.
Larry Hoover Jr said the concert will help to take his father’s “plea for forgiveness worldwide and prove that we are truly stronger together on behalf of any and everyone with a loved one wrongfully or unjustly incarcerated” ahead of the show in Los Angeles.
According to Hoover’s lawyer, Justin Moore, future efforts to liberate him under the First Step Act will be made.
“We are cautiously optimistic that Larry, who is now in his senior years, will be able to demonstrate that he can reintegrate into society and adjust to life as a completely recovered citizen.”