Posted on October 3, 2015


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So for those of you who missed it (even though we don’t see how you could,) North Carolina’s own, rapper Petey Pablo, made his big cameo on FOX’s Empire. Casted as one of the inmates and Luscious’ pen-pal, Petey’s onscreen cameo did not come without some questions. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Petey on the big screens and it wasn’t long until rumors started swirling that Terrence cast Petey on the hit show since he “owed” the rapper $200.

Not quite the case, but close enough. Charlamagne and DJ Envy gave Petey Pablo a call and he cleared up the rumors. It looks like Petey did give Terrence a couple hundred bucks back in the day and in exchange, Terrence made sure to pay it forward in the form of a recurring tv role.
“Absolutely not. Man, I woke up and seen that [rumor] and was like “Man,what the **** man?” Naw, that’s not it.

I didn’t lend it to him, I gave it to him!

Petey Pablo “Absolutely not. Man, I woke up and seen that [rumor] and was like “Man,what the **** man?” Naw, that’s not it.

I didn’t lend it to him, I gave it to him!
He said he lost his ID and his credit card and he said he lost everything. So I said ‘Hey- Don’t be in here with no money in your pocket, here- just take a couple hundred dollars.’ This was after Hustle and Flow, I was at the Four Seasons and I seen him at the hotel and I was walking through and I seen him and I was like ‘Damn there goes Terrence,’ and I was like ‘What’s up man?’ He said, ‘Man, I’m having a f**ked up day. I done lost my wallet. All my credit cards and my ID, I’m going to go to my room and lay down.’
I was like, don’t walk around with no money in your pocket, here!’ So it wasn’t a loan, I don’t do that. I can only tell you what I know. And what I know is, [years later], Terrence called my phone and said ‘Hey, I need you for the show!’
The reason [Terrence] gave me $15000 he said because he was at a point in his life and I had no idea. So after, he said ‘Now, that we got that out the way. I need a favor. I need you on the show.’ That’s not Terrence’s show. He’s just a part of the show. Empire paid me the money, so I got paid to be on the show.
I’m a good dude. I’m a goon and a gorilla but at the end of the day, I’m a good hearted dude. And I like to do things for people that I’d want them to do for me. And he just said that and I had no idea. And that was just his way of saying thank you.”