By Rob Markman
One time for Chi Ali. Now that the 1990s Bronx rapper is fully adjusted after coming home from a 12 year prison bid last August, Chi links up with Fat Joe for his new single “Games & Things.”
In October, Chi visited “RapFix Live” and spoke to show host Sway Calloway about his incarceration and return to rap. In a heartfelt moment he brought his teenage daughter Sky onto the set and vowed to always be there for her. “I missed a large part of her life and a lot of children may resent their parents for that,” he said of Sky, who claims to know the words to all of her dad’s songs. “I feel, at times, there were things that I probably missed that she felt a way about, but I want you to know that wasn’t under my control.
“I think you know if I could’ve been there, I would’ve been there, but I’m here now,” he told her. “So we don’t have to look at the past, we’re gonna build for the future.”
In January 2000, eight years after he released his debut album, The Fabulous Chi-Ali, the MC shot and killed a man in the Bronx, New York. Ali went on the run for 15 months, appeared on “America’s Most Wanted,” and then was eventually apprehended and served 12 years out of a 14-year prison sentence after taking a plea deal. Even though he is thrilled to be home, the rapper does understand the damage he caused. “It feels surreal to be home. I’m truly blessed,” he said. “You know, I committed a crime that I wish I could go back in time and undo. However, I can’t, and you have to live with your mistakes and learn.”
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