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City Girls' JT Updates Fans On Social Media With Pictures From Prison

#FreeJT is still going as the City Girls team awaits JT's release. 

As fans await the release of City Girls' Jatavia “JT” Johnson from prison, the Miami-bred rapper shared a few pictures on Instagram of her, groupmate Yung Miami, Quality Control CEO and Founder Pierre “Pee” Thomas and their manager Caprie when they paid her a visit.

JT began her prison term in July 2018 for credit card fraud charges. Initially, she turned herself  in at Miami’s Federal Detention Center. According to XXL, JT is now being held at a Federal Correctional facility in Tallahassee, Fla. Records indicate that she’s set to be released from prison on March 21, 2020, according to a Billboard report from July 2018.

On the gram, JT captioned the images she shared with: “"The wait is almost over 😈 thank you so much for the love & support. I told yal that 2019 is City Girls year. PERIOD! #FreeJT," JT wrote.

Maybe JT is looking at an early release? In the meantime, Yung Miami is holding it down for the City Girls on the New Generation Tour with Lil Baby and Blueface, which started on March 13 in Houston.

 

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The wait is almost over 😈 thank you so much for the love & support. I told yal that 2019 is City Girls year. PERIOD! #FreeJT

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Pee also shared a heartfelt message to her, which included a small letter she wrote with a warm message to her team. In it, she added, “I can’t wait to get home so I can feel the energy and drop hits!”

 

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Can’t Wait Til You Get Home💜 #FreeJt

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Since JT's incarceration, Yung Miami has been holding everything down by performing on stages across the country and releasing new videos like "Twerk" with Cardi B. Things are quickly sizzling head fast for the City Girls duo, interestingly enough they didn't always think they'd be rapping professionally.

“Honestly I've always been gifted with rapping but I never would've thought that I'd be a rapper,” JT told VIBE las year. “Like, I never would've imagined me, like, being here in y'all face, like, doing this ‘cause it was really more of us having fun when we did the song which was in August. So, we didn't think it was gonna get this serious, like, 'Oh we got a record deal, wassup.’”

 

 

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Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

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The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

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#CardiB on why she decided to trademark “Okurr”

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