The next time you get arrested, don't forget to Twitter, playa!

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Twitter is a rage to be reckoned with. People are signing up in droves to live their lives 140 characters at a time and are sparing no moment - personal, professional or otherwise - when it comes to sharing their details with the world.

Particularly interesting is the trend of instant-update personal journalism - tweeting during, say, plane crashes in Denver or the Hudson River miracle in New York City and even from the scene of the Mumbai terrorist attacks earlier this year. So perhaps it shouldn't be surprising to find that rapper Jim Jones broke out his BlackBerry during a traffic stop to chronicle his arrest on Twitter Monday night in New Jersey.

Jones, no stranger to a view behind bars lately thanks to an alleged scrap with a friend of R&B singer Ne-Yo in New York and possibly being part of an argument that ended in gunfire last month in Detroit, fell victim to the worst of all possible hip hop crimes this time, though - a warrant for an old traffic ticket. The man best known for "We Fly High (Ballin')" got jacked for his $120 worth of oversight in Teaneck. The rapper posted bail and was scheduled for a Tuesday court hearing on the matter.

Here's a sample of the wisdom imparted during his bust:

Just got pued over by the boys of al days I decide to drive by myself let's see how this plays out ...

Misssses officer let me go the funny part was watching them have to count all the money in my pocket lol I must say they were very cool ...

And it was a punk ass warrant from 2005 for 120 dollars and I've been detained 10s of time since then make sure u pay old tickets ...

Check the fly shit though they gave me a court date for tommorow 9am here we go again lol I'm sick of goin to court (sorry judge) ...

So kids, keep that in mind next time you think about skipping on a ticket. You can run, but never hide.

And while we're all thankful Jones has consumed the Twitter Kool-Aid and had the wherewithall to keep us informed of his hard time, you can't help but wonder what getting busted for a traffic ticket does to the street cred of a guy with a couple of assault beefs on his resume. Not to mention the idea that his first instinct was to whip out the phone for his jail cell tweetup.

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