Celeb: Rapper and record producer Busta Rhymes.

Cause: Rhymes calls prison sentencing reform — particularly advocating against mandatory minimum sentencing laws — his passion.

The O.G. of MCs came to the cause, he says, when one of his closest friends, reggae music exec Horatio Hamilton, was sentenced in 2006 to a mandatory 20 years in prison for dealing marijuana. “Our policy shatters lives, devastates communities and robs families of their fathers and mothers, sons and daughters,” Rhymes said.

Scene: Rhymes met with White House reps on Thursday to discuss how sentencing laws result in increased prison populations and take a toll on the economy.

At night he attended the D.C. advocacy group Families Against Mandatory Minimums’ 25th Anniversary Gala with pals Spliff Star and DJ Scratch, where he spoke about his friend’s experience and the need for change.

Soundbite: “Inmates may have made mistakes, like becoming addicted to drugs, but it shouldn’t cost them their lives,” Rhymes said. “The stories of so many people in prison for these unbelievably long periods of time, people like Horatio who I know doesn’t deserve to be there, keeps me up at night.”

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1st and foremost Today while still mourning the loss of my brother @IamthePhifer I decided today would be a good time not only reflect but to take this energy and turn it into the most positively productive energy possible because he wouldn't want it no other way. So today I was given an opportunity to do something very positive by accepting an opportunity to assist The POTUS and the FAMM Organization in there endless efforts to bring home and pardon prisoners that have been unfairly sentenced to extensive Manditory Minimums in these jails. With that being said I am also trying to have the great assistance of President Barack Obama and the FAMM Organization and everyone else willing to join us on this crusade to help me bring home a dear friend of mines by the name of Haratio Hamilton as he has been serving over 11yrs of a 20yr sentence of Federal time on a marijuana conspiracy charge where he has never had a violent charge against him prior to his marijuana charge or since he's done the 11yrs of his 20 year sentence ironically in a country that has now legalized marijuana throught out the majority of the United States. So I would like to encourage everyone to join the FAMM Organization and myself with the blessed assitance of our Great President to help bring our beautiful brothers and sister back home to their families, friends & love ones. God Bless you all. Thank u @spliffstar_mrlewis & @tdot25 & @djscratchator

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