The Alfamega talking to MTV News early Wednesday morning (November 26) sounded a lot different from the Alfamega that looked wild-eyed and crazed in the pictures of the fracas that took place Monday night at the 2008 Dirty Awards. In the pictures, Mega was not backing down from police even after being hit with pepper spray. The only way to subdue the hulking MC from Bankhead, Georgia, was for a group of authorities to lay him face-down on the ground and put him in handcuffs.
Mega woke up Tuesday in his own bed, thankful not to be in jail. Hours after his altercation with Shawty Lo's D4L camp, the artist from T.I.'s Grand Hustle label was remorseful about the situation.
"First, I would like to give an apology to Steve Hazelwood and the whole Radio One [crew] and all the fans that came to see a good show," he said. "That's my part: I can only apologize for me and Grand Hustle."
Alfa said he read Shawty Lo's account of the incident on MTVNews.com and — to put it mildly — disagreed.
"God's honest truth, for real, we came in there feeling good," Mega said about his camp's demeanor at the Dirty Awards. "If you [look] at the beginning of the videotapes, it will show we didn't come on no hostility. When the disrespect started coming, we was eating it, then it got blatantly out of hand. That's when it all happened."
Shawty Lo claims while he was performing his set, Alfa, Big Kuntry and some other of T.I.'s clique came near to the front of the stage and started staring him down. Lo said he had no choice but to perform his T.I. dis record, "Don't I."
Mega disagreed: He said he and the crew were near the front of the stage all night.
"When anybody was performing, we was up, moving around," Alfa insisted. "We was rocking to Lo. He was doing his thing. Now when the dis song happened, I was like, 'What is dude doing?' "
Shortly after "Don't I" started, somebody from the crowd threw a chair at Lo and company. Mega said it wasn't him and he actually didn't see the chair being thrown.
"When I looked up, I seen the dude onstage with a chair in his hand," Alfa remembered. "Then I noticed it, somebody with us, a female, she was holding her face. Then I ran towards them. My attempt was to not fight, but to go up there and say, 'Somebody with you hit this girl.' By that time they had my man Kuntry in cuffs."
The melee that ensued briefly ended the show, and members of the Grand Hustle clique and Shawty Lo's D4L factions were escorted outside to cool down. Strangely enough, both parties were let back in and told to go back to their corners.
Later in the show, T.I. took the stage to accept an award and began performing "Ain't I" with Yung L.A. The record didn't last too long because Mega and D4L got into it again.
"It escalated, dawg," Alfa said, then implied that Lo is envious of T.I.'s success. "I think [Lo] feels like he ain't getting his just due. I can understand, but God will give you blessings, and your blessings might not as be as big as the next man. Be thankful for what you got.
"What happened with me — Tip had nothing to do with that," Alfa added, now going into what led to the night's second incident. "It just happened. They was performing the song, I was like, 'Let's have fun.' I start dancing. I'm feeling good. That's my boy, Yung L.A., he made it. I get on top of the table, Shawty gets on the table. Shawty fakes like he's gonna throw a drink on me. By then I stepped down."
Now this is where the show's organizers may have wished they'd come up with a different seating plan: Mega's and Lo's tables were just a few feet away from each other, so close that Mega said his feet didn't have to touch the ground to reach his foe.
"I could have made a move. I could have jumped from one table to the next," Mega recalled. "It really wasn't that far apart, probably about four or five feet. It was close enough that the drink in his hand could have splashed on me. I stepped down from the table, somebody said to something to me. I seen three or four more dudes like they gonna do me bodily harm. My first reaction — me being who I am, I am a funny dude, but hey, I can wake up — was to smack the dude. I didn't punch him, I smacked him. I swung on the other dudes, they started swinging. Grand Hustle didn't have nothing to do with that situation. It was on Alfamega."
From the looks of the pictures and video footage circulating on the Net, it was on and poppin' after that. The awards ended and Mega found himself being pepper-sprayed and in handcuffs.
"I saw the pictures," he said. "People think I was bleeding from the head, but that was the pepper spray. I have no bruises on me. I'm good."
Good, not great. Before hanging up, Mega once again apologized for his actions.
"I embarrassed, y'all," he said. "Certain people were subjected to the pepper spray. By them trying to spray me, that lingering fumes got other people. I'm embarrassed by the whole situation."
Fittingly enough, Mega's new single is going to be called "Warrior." His album, I Am Alfamega, comes out on January 13.