AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
"So Fresh, So Clean" is what Big Boi's gonna have to be if he wants to get out of this jam.
The OutKast star has agreed to submit to three months of drug testing in order to make felony charges stemming from his August arrest go away.
Big Boi appeared in a Miami court Thursday where he was ordered by a judge to complete 30 hours of community service and donate $2,000 to charity. Should he abide by those conditions and remain drug-free for the next three months, two felony drug possession charges will be dropped.
"The state agrees to dismiss the charges as long as Big Boi returns two more times and drops clean urine, provides a donation [to charity] and performs 10 hours a week of community service," his Miami-based attorney, Richard Hersch, confirmed to E! News.
The 36-year-old hip-hopster (real name Antwan Patton) got into this mess while deboarding a cruise ship on Aug. 7 with a bunch of friends. A police K9 unit that sniffed out the contraband, triggering a search that turned up Ecstasy pills, MDMA powder (the main ingredient in Ecstasy), Viagra and drug paraphernalia including a cigarette roller with marijuana residue.
Big Boi was taken into custody, booked and later released on $16,000 bond, with his Atlanta-based attorney, Daniel Kane, vowing that he would be "exonerated."
The Atlanta-based rapper said little during yesterday's hearing, though according to NBC Miami, he did tell the court "God Bless America" on his way out.
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Big Boi then took to Twitter afterward to thank the Almighty.
"God is Great!...@BibleWisdoms: God is light. There's no darkness in him - 1 John 1:5," he tweeted..
A few hours later, Patton also denied press reports it was a plea deal.
"It's a PEE deal, Not a Plea deal. The Associated press got it wrong, Big Daniel Kane worked it out, Stank You," he wrote.
Hersch clarified to E! News that today's proceeding was "not a plea deal where someone admits something"; rather, he said, the Grammy winner agreed to enter a program which the court makes available "across the board."
"There's nothing special being done for Big Boi," he said.
The legal matter doesn't appear to have put a dent in Big Boi's schedule. Later that day he performed at the DeLuna Festival in Pensacola Beach.
A progress report is scheduled for Nov. 10.