It's hard to tell from their boastful lyrics and gaudy music videos, but truth be told, the majority of these rap cats aren't about that millionaire lifestyle. In actuality most struggle rappers are just struggling to sell enough records to pay back the label and the companies with whom they have rented cars, clothes and jewelry. And that's while they are still getting a little rap paper.
When their popularity wanes, the show money stops rolling in and the royalty checks cease to appear, many artists are forced back to the streets from whence they came. In order to keep their dignity and a semblance of the lifestyle they once had (or lied about having), some of them choose to get money the best way they know how, the illegal way.
Here are eight rappers who were forced to get it how they lived once their time (and money) in the rap industry had faded out…
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