The Puerto Rican rapper Tempo returned to Puerto Rico yesterday to finish the last six months of what he has left from his sentence part of a social adjustment program.
David Sanchez Badillo, Tempo’s real name, who was only in prison for a sentence of six years thanks to the help of his lawyers who managed to reduce the original sentence of 24 years in prison during a hearing on the island in 2011 under a program reintegration into the community, said Carlos Bermudez, Tempo representative.
“Upon returning to Puerto Rico the artist must fulfill 500 hours of community service precisely where public housing was forged, to bring a positive message to himself and the people around him. Now with free time in the community, he must serve 10 additional years of supervised release,” explained Bermudez.
Households in social adjustment are provided by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and are designed to assist and coordinate the use of community resources and services for the inmate.
Tempo, 33, was arrested on October 17, 2002 by the late producer Francis Thomas Muriel, Buddha (1973-2007), accused of drug trafficking and to be related to the seizure of a shipment of 30 kilos of heroin.
Tempo was found guilty and sentenced in June 2004 for distributing large amounts of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and crack cocaine, and possession of weapons.
Buddha, who died on January 31, 2007 from respiratory complications, was acquitted in July 2004 of the charges against him and released.
The Tempo latest album is “Free Tempo: Victory”, which includes collaborations with reggaeton as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Tego Calderón, Jowell y Randy and JKing and Maximan.
The album included the documentary “Free Tempo: Victory” produced by Puerto Rican filmmaker Carlos Perez and his Elastic People.
The film was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009 in the category of best music video short version.
The documentary contains the most recent interview with Tempo, filmed in FCC Coleman federal prison in Florida, and coverage of the recording of “Because I’m Tempo”.