Rappers and prison is a trend that really needs to stop. Currently, there are numerous rap artists stuck on involuntary vacations for a plethora of reasons, great and small.
While plenty are in jail for something like a parole violation, others are locked up on more heinous charges, like murder. Keep this in mind when proclaiming “Free [Insert Rapper’s Name Here]” to whoever may be listening.
It’s not cool bigging up a potential and allegedly homicidal maniacs or sexual predators, just saying. However, there are certainly cases were the system might have failed them where someone with better lawyers may have never seen the inside of a cell.
Peep a who’s who of notable rappers currently in the clink and why below. More times than not, they have no one to blame but themselves.
1. CasanovaSource:Department of Justice
Casanova got pinched on multiple charges back in December 2020 for his alleged gang ties to Gorilla Stone Nation and so far has been denied bail.
Born Corey Miller, C-Murder is serving a life sentence for the murder of a 16-year-old in New Orleans club in 2002. Recently, Kim Kardashian and Monica have begun calling for his release, saying the system railroaded him by not granting him a fair trial.
3. Tay-KSource:Red Music
The teen struggle rapper was hit with a 55 year sentence in 2019 for his role in the murder of 1 21-year-old Ethan Walker in 2016.
B.G., born Christopher Noel Dorsey, came to fame as a member of the Hot Boys while on Cash Money Records. Unfortunately, In July 2012, B.G., was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for charges that included felony gun possession and witness tampering.
5. YNW MellySource:Getty
Born Jamell Demons, YNW was charged with two counts of first degree murder on February 13, 2019 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He’s accused with Cortlen Henry of fatally shooting two other rappers, Christopher Thomas Jr and Anthony Williams, from his onw crew, on October 26, 2018. Bruh…
6. Marion ‘Suge’ KnightSource:Getty
Talk about the text book definition of karma. In late 2018, Suge was finally sentenced to 28 years in jail for killing Terry Carter.
7. Bobby ShmurdaSource:Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET
Remember Bobby Shmurda? The “Hot N*gga” rapper is currently serving a 7-year sentence for gang involvement in Brooklyn. Word was he’s coming home in 2020. However, his parole was denied on Monday, Sept. 21 and it’s looking like he won’t be out until December 2021. UPDATE: Bobby Shmurda is getting released on February 22, 2021.
G-Dep’s conscience made him tell cops he had once shot a man. It turns out the victim died, and in 2011 the former Bad Boy rapper was sentenced to 15-years to life in prison.
9. 03 GreedoSource:Getty
in 2018, rapper 03 Greedo was sentenced to 20 years in prison on gun and drug charges. He can be out in 5 with good behavior.
10. FREE – Kodak BlackSource:Getty
Kodak Black got busted for making false statements while applying for a gun. His request for parole got deaded because the judge has deemed him a danger to the community. However, after caping for Donald Trump, he was pardoned and released in January 2021.
In October 2018, Philadelphia rapper and certified goon AR-Ab and eight others were indicted on federal drug charges.
12. Max BSource:Instagram
It seems like every quarter this is a rumor that Max B is finally coming home. However, as of right now, Wavy Crockett is still serving 12-year sentence (reduced from 75 to 20 to 12 in 2019) for murder conspiracy and robbery charges.
13. FREE – Juelz SantanaSource:Getty
Juelz came home in 2020 early due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Juelz forgot he had a gun in his luggage while he was at Newark Airport, and it was all downhill from there. He’s currently serving 2 years after taking a plea deal.
14. FREE- LoonSource:Getty
Loon is now a free man with plenty of future plan.
Sometime after his run on Bad Boy, Loon converted to Islam and moved to Egypt. Sometime after that, the man now known as Amir Junaid Muhadith got popped for selling heroin in Brussels, and was extradited to the United Staes where he is serving a 14-year sentence. Sentenced in 2013, he has to served at least 8 and half years.
15. FREE – Tekashi 6ix9ineSource:Getty
Apparently, having no qualms about telling mean you can go free rather soon. See, this guy.
Tekashi was right to be scared of the Feds, and they have him dead to rights on conspiracy charges that can land him up to a 47-year sentence. He’s been singing, but he’s still in jail.
16. FREE – Soulja BoySource:Getty
Soulja has been out and keeping his nose clean. No pun.
Soulja Boy got caught with ammo in his crib, a no-no per his parole conditions. So now he’s in jail.