Nowadays hip hop isn’t about living the life of a gangster, it’s about having money and demanding a French restaurant delivers your pastries in a timely manner. There was a time, however, when rap was overrun with criminals who spent more time behind bars than in the studio. Here’s a look back at 12 rappers who were actually criminals.
Apparently you can have whatever you like, unless it’s machine guns. T.I. was arrested in 2007 by the FBI when one of the rapper’s bodyguards began working with the bureau and was part of an operation to that ended with T.I. serving a year in prison. Soon after his release he was arrested again, this time for violating his parole and drugs.
Corey Miller aka No Limit’s C-Murder is serving life in prison for a 2002 incident that left a 16-year-old fan dead. Miller was in a nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana when an altercation arose that ended with him pulling out a gun and killing the young fan who had traveled to the club to be in a rap battle as an attempt to be noticed by the No Limit MC.
3. Remy Ma
In 2007 Remy was involved in an altercation where she accused a friend of stealing $2,000 in cash from her. Instead of using her words, she decided the more sensible route would be to pull out her gun and shoot her friend. Twice. She was sentenced to eight years in prison for the incident.
4. Steady B
After releasing five albums that didn’t reach any manner of success, Steady B and his friends tried to rob a PNC bank. The whole situation went south and ended with a Philadelphia police officer being shot and killed. Steady was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
The legendary rapper was arrested in 1995 for swinging a baseball bat at a local rapper in Michigan, but his bigger arrest was the same year when he was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for first degree sexual abuse, along with his road manager, Charles Fuller. Of course the next year he was gunned down and killed in Las Vegas.
Shake it fast! Blow ya self! The Louisiana native served six years in prison for forcing his hairstylist to perform oral sex on him and then trying to get $80,000 out of her by claiming that she stole it. Like she hadn’t suffered enough already. Luckily there was a security camera running which doomed Mystikal to prison as well as registering as a sex offender.
7. Ol’ Dirty Bastard
ODB turned into some bizarre version of Catch Me If You Can after he was arrested for crack possession and flew out of the country. He also holds the distinct honor of being the first person in the state of California to be arrested for wearing a bulletproof vest.
You may remember Maino from his radio hit “Million Bucks” where he rapped about giving away large sums of money and also a new truck for some reason. Hailing from Brooklyn, Maino spent 10 years in prison for kidnapping a drug dealer and demanding a ransom for his release. At age 16 he was found guilty of the crime and spent the next ten years in Riker’s Island.
This guy was no joke. The Sacramento native was an active member of the Crips and in 1992 he, and a group of other gang members, busted into a woman’s house and murdered her. He was sentenced to 31 years in prison to life but still released an album entitled “Psycho Active” which featured him posing with the murder weapon on the cover.
Although the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony member served a decade in prison for a weapons possession charge, the most despicable act happened in 2010 when he was arrested backstage after he allegedly hit his mom in the face with a pistol. You know better than that, Flesh–and indeed, contends he would never do such a thing. She told police otherwise.
The Ruff Ryder has found so many ways to get arrested throughout his career. He’s been imprisoned for assault, drug possession, animal cruelty, reckless driving, and many more. He also pretended to be an FBI agent while on cocaine and tried to, ahem, commandeer someone’s vehicle. He had also been drinking a lot of Hennessy.
Here’s a bizarre story. In 1999 there was a shooting in a nightclub that involved J-Lo and P. Diddy among many others. Somehow none of the superstars were charged and Shyne was sentenced to a decade behind bars for assault, reckless endangerment, and gun possession before being deported in 2009.