Amir Junaid Muhadith, the artist formerly known as Loon, is currently in Butner Federal Correctional Complex, a minimum security prison about 20 minutes north of Durham, North Carolina. He was living in Egypt in 2010 where he made a life as a television host after converting to Islam and leaving Bad Boy Records in 2004. However, in 2011 he was arrested in Brussels Airport on felony drug charges for distributing heroin in North Carolina between 2006 and 2008. With two prior felonies on his record this would be his third strike, so he plead guilty to avoid a 25 to life stretch and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Playboy magazine sent writer Thomas Golianopolous down south to speak with Loon and his family about his life as a reformed bad boy. Read the full profile HERE and some excerpts below:
1. Loon was the second coming of “The Fresh Prince.”
When he was 14 his grandmother sent him to live with his godfather, movie producer George Jackson, in Beverly Hills. But fighting got him kicked out after little more than a year.
“I beat the wheels off this white boy on my track team for putting his feet on me at practice.”
2. His mom got high on his supply.
When he returned to Harlem he sold crack and his mother would steal drugs he had hid in a stuffed animal.
“My mom stole so much money from me that it put me in debt to some malicious guys. I told her, ‘If you stop using drugs, I’ll stop selling drugs, because you are about to get me killed.’ From that day on, my mother was drug-free, and I left the streets. I never sold drugs again.”
3. On writing “I Need A Girl” For Puff Daddy.
“This was a broken guy,” Muhadith says. “He’s telling me the story of him and J. Lo. ‘I lost my girl. I got it all and no one to share it with.’ Then it hits me.”
4. On his conversion to Islam:
“Look, I don’t want people to think I’m a square,” he says. “I’m not a holy roller. I still have a personality. I still have a sense of humor. I just have boundaries. Before, I had no boundaries.”
5.) He isn’t sure who his biological father actually is:
“I don’t know. I’m 41 years old and I’m not sure who my father is,” he says. “It doesn’t matter. Both are hood royalty.” He then smiles. “Ask my mom. I’m curious what she’d say.”
Find out what she had to say by clicking HERE: