Rappers Currently Serving Jail Time


Hip-hop is full of boasts, brags, and wild
claims, but you shouldn’t believe every outlandish crime story you hear on a track. That said, some rappers really do keep things
real – and sometimes that leads to heavy consequences. Here are some rappers who’ve had recent run-ins
with the law. Brooklyn rapper Ackquille Pollard adopted
the handle Bobby Shmurda when he and several lifelong friends formed the rap crew GS9. The crew became official in March 2014, and
Pollard became the group’s breakout star. The viral success of his song “Hot N—-a”
and the song’s accompanying “Shmoney Dance” went viral. The addictive track and dance meme got the
attention of stars like Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift, as well as record labels
who scrambled to sign Shmurda as soon as possible. Unfortunately, police believed that GS9 also
operated as a gang known as the G-Stone Crips, which resulted in a wide-ranging criminal
conspiracy investigation. During a recording session at Manhattan’s
Quad Studios in December 2014, 15 members of the group were swept up by the police. Using an indictment built largely on intercepted
phone communications, the NYPD arrested Pollard and 14 others. The 69-count indictment contained charges
of conspiracy, murder, and assault, among others. The police also seized 21 guns over the course
of their investigation. Pollard’s specific charges, however, related
only to felony gun possession charges. He ended up copping a plea deal, accepting
a seven-year prison term and waiving his right to an appeal. Pollard vehemently disputes the charges, alleging
that lying cops railroaded him and that he got a raw deal when his trial was moved from
Brooklyn to Manhattan. As he put it in an interview with Complex, “Who are they going to believe, the word of
this black kid talking about shooting s–t up or the word of white officers? A jury is going to believe cops all day. We’re black kids, these are white people
with badges.” In March 2018, British rapper Cameron Wright,
known as Killa Kam, was sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking
in heroin and cocaine, according to the Gloucestershire Echo. Though police did not actually catch Wright
with drugs on him, they intercepted the phone that he used to conduct business, containing
thousands of text messages to over 100 customers. Wright allegedly managed a supply chain for
the narcotics operation, the profits from which he may have flaunted in a music video
where he showcased wads of cash. Wright’s defense attorney argued that Wright
turned to drug-dealing after he was unable to find other gainful employment following
a previous jail stint he served for similar charges in 2015. Wright’s fortune took another hit when, in
November 2018, a judge ordered him to forfeit an expensive Cartier watch he admitted to
buying with drug money. The judge threatened an extra six months of
jail time if Wright’s legal team didn’t sell the watch and return the proceeds to the government,
an order he seemingly fulfilled. RondoNumbaNine was a rising star in the Chicago
drill scene, an aggressive style of rap that rose to prominence in the Windy City in the
early 2010s. Drill quickly became something of a flashpoint
for debate over whether the genre’s controversial lyrics – typically involving gangs, guns and
drugs – were negatively influencing violent crime in the city of Chicago. Rondo, aka Clint Massey, contributed most
notably to the genre with his 2013 hit, “Hang Wit Me,” which features more than its fair
share of lines about robbing, shooting, and killing people. Like we said before, rap lyrics don’t necessarily
reflect reality, but they still get used against rappers when they have run-ins with the law. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Massey became an object
lesson in the debate over drill lyrics when he was sentenced to 39 years for his involvement
in the 2014 shooting death of cab driver Javan Boyd. Massey, then just 17 years old, and a 19-year-old
accomplice named Courtney Ealy, another rapper who went by the name Cdai, shot Boyd multiple
times as he sat in his car outside an apartment complex. For his part in the killing, Ealy was sentenced
to 38 years in prison. Although Massey’s sentence is pretty hefty,
fellow drill artist and collaborator Lil Durk, aka Durk Banks, has high hopes for his friend’s
future. He told Billboard in April 2018, “We’ve been back and forth with lawyers on
his appeal and it’s looking really good. He’s going to get out soon.” Richmond rapper and fledgling pimp Idris Jamerson,
aka Drissy Bo, found himself swapping the recording studio for the cell block after
he was sentenced to four years in prison in November 2017. Six months earlier, Jamerson sealed his fate
when he reportedly recruited a woman on Instagram and began selling her services via shady websites
that advertise prostitution. Thanks to a sting arranged by the Vacaville
Police Vice Unit and FBI Violent Crime Task Force, Jamerson was apprehended on his way
to deliver the woman to a prospective customer. Upon his arrest, police recovered text messages
that indicated the nature of the pair’s exploitative relationship, including Jamerson giving the
woman consent to buy food using the money she earned, the East Bay Times reported. In addition to the text messages, some of
Jamerson’s music was even used against him in court, with lyrics from the track “Price
Tag” like “Put the b—- on a plate wit a price tag” and “That’s why she get this money and she bring
it right back” arguably suggesting some personal familiarity
with the practice of pimping. “Is pimping easy?” “Big Daddy Kane would say it ain’t easy.” Rainbow-haired rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose
real name is Daniel Hernandez, is no stranger to trouble. When he’s not kicking up beef with fellow
rap stars like YG or Trippie Redd, he’s waist-deep in legal drama – from his 2015 sexual assault
case to his November 2018 arrest. On Nov. 18, 2018, the “FEFE” rapper was arrested
on racketeering and firearm charges. The charges reportedly stem, prosecutors said,
from his role in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a gang that allegedly performed shootings,
robberies, and assaults in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Some of those incidents reportedly included
an April 2018 robbery of gang rivals and the attempted shooting of a rival, which left
a bystander injured. Although the inked-up rapper initially maintained
his innocence, he reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in January 2019 and agreed
to plead guilty to charges for racketeering, weapons possession, armed robbery and dealing
narcotics, including fentanyl and heroin. Then in September 2019, Hernandez testified
as a witness in a case against two Nine Trey associates. He also accused fellow rappers Cardi B and
Jim Jones of being members of the gang, sending shockwaves through the rap scene. It appears Hernandez’s cooperation gave him
a leg up in sentencing because the judge ordered him to just two years in jail. He was reportedly contrite at the hearing,
saying, “I failed these people. they believed in Daniel Hernandez, and I was
too busy making the negative image.” Hernandez’s ultimate sentence was a drastic
reduction from the punishment he was initially facing; after being arrested, he was looking
at 32 years to life in prison. But while cooperating with the government
may have saved him in the short term, it remains to be seen if the hip-hop community will welcome
him back when he gets out. “N—– is bustas, man. Where I come from, you couldn’t tell on a
n—-.” Texas rapper Tay-K, born Taymor McIntyre,
attracted national attention with the 2017 hit “The Race,” a song about being on the
run from the law that was actually recorded while he was on the run from the law. As if that weren’t enough, he literally flaunts
his “Wanted” poster in the song’s video. On June 30, 2017, the same day the video was
released, McIntyre was arrested by authorities after a three-month chase for his alleged
role in capital murder and other crimes. He, along with six others, was accused of
killing a man in a 2016 home invasion. For their roles in the killing, McIntyre’s
associates received sentences ranging from 20 to 40 years. The fledgling rapper pleaded not guilty to
capital murder and to a separate count of aggravated robbery. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated
robbery by threats. In July 2019, McIntyre was found guilty of
murder and the outstanding count of aggravated robbery. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison and
received a $21,000 fine. He will serve 30 years in prison on one count
of aggravated robbery and 13 years for each of the remaining two counts of aggravated
robbery, with the sentences running concurrently. McIntyre’s predicament worsened in November
2019, when he was indicted for yet another capital murder relating to a 2017 robbery. Prosecutors allege he shot and killed a 23-year-old
photographer after stealing the victim’s photo equipment. As of January 2020, he’s still awaiting trial
on that charge. Rapper Terrell Davis, who’s known as Ralo
– the Atlanta emcee and close associate of Young Scooter and Future – had a serious run-in
with the law in 2018. He was arrested in April 2019 for conspiracy
to distribute marijuana after authorities allegedly discovered him shuttling 444 pounds
of marijuana – which holds a value of around $840,000 – into an Atlanta airport on a private
plane. An affidavit obtained by the outlet also reports
that the “Can’t Lie” musician has a leadership role in a gang known as “Famerica,” which
allegedly sells drugs through properties Davis rents in the city. “I started buying more houses in the community,
you know?” “…Ok, so do you own your whole block?” “Yeah yeah yeah, exactly.” Despite the charges, Davis has maintained
his innocence. On May 2, 2018, he pleaded not guilty to the
charges against him. In a November 2018 interview with Forbes,
he suggested that he’d been targeted by cops, saying, “I knew they were gonna try and come up with
something to arrest me. Once these people want you, they’re gonna
do whatever they gotta do to get you.” As of January 2020, Davis is still in federal
custody, but his team told 11Alive’s Neima Abdulahi in April 2019 that they hope he’ll
be released soon. “Over the time, I’ve learned so much wisdom
and knowledge that I can apply for when I do get out.” In November 2019, Grammy-nominated rapper
Kodak Black – legal name Bill Kapri – was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison
after pleading guilty to falsifying information on federal background check forms to buy multiple
guns from a Miami-area gun shop on two separate occasions, according to the Miami Herald. Not only did the Florida-born star admit to
lying about his criminal record, but two of the illegally purchased guns were found at
crime scenes. Kapri’s fingerprints were allegedly discovered
on one weapon supposedly used to shoot at another rap artist, but he hasn’t been charged
in that case as of the making of this video. Kapri – who collaborated with Cardi B on a
remix of her song “Bodak Yellow” – was originally arrested in April 2019 after trying to cross
the border into New York from Canada with an illegal weapon stored in the trunk of his
car. He was charged with criminal possession of
a firearm at the time, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana. Speaking at his sentencing hearing in Miami,
the rapper was reported to have said, “I’m sorry for the actions that led me for
where I’m standing. I do take full responsibility for my mishap.” Texas-based rapper Tavores “Killah Dre ” Henderson
was arrested in December 2019 on a capital murder charge relating to the death of Houston-area
Sgt. Kaila Sullivan. Sullivan pulled over Henderson for a traffic
stop violation the night of the killing. When Sullivan discovered Henderson had an
outstanding warrant involving assault, the rapper – who has worked with Soulja Boy – escaped
while Sullivan and another officer attempted to handcuff him. After taking off in his car, Henderson allegedly
hit Sullivan with the vehicle. She later died at the hospital as a result
of her injuries. As of January 2020, Henderson has yet to be
convicted of the crime – but the outlook doesn’t look good, especially since he supposedly
confessed to the slaying. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Hey you, the person scrolling through the comment section…

    If you think that you're having a bad day, don't worry because tomorrow will be better I promise!

  2. You didn't mention Christopher Roney (AKA) COOL C 1980s rapper arrested outside of a strip club after a stand off that took the life of a police officer/single mother. He received the death penalty for the 1996 crime, she was the first female police officer to die in the line of duty (edit) in the city of Philadelphia.

  3. Hip hop is also full of scumbags. Also most of these idiots think the police are against them because they get caught.

  4. Not music! just a way to brainwash our youth and glorify violence and crime what happened to the love songs I grew up with

  5. I object to this woman calling this music, it is not, just words spoken over a beat,keep these idiots in jail forever

  6. If the music isn't about bringing up a wise decision making brother then then the music industry is bringing a community and it's brothers down.

  7. I don't know why he subjects himself to living here if the 'white man' is always going to be against him as he seems to claim. No one's forcing him to live here and no one's forcing him to break the law. He did that all by himself. God forbid there's consequences when you blatantly decide to disregard authority like your such hot shit and you think you can do whatever you want. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your OWN damn actions. Why would cops make up a slew of charges? What do they gain? Story doesn't make sense and usually when a story doesn't make sense, it's because the truth was omitted intentionally from the equation.

  8. Lol lame hoos. My rapper name is gonna be pimp killa. Watch them try to pull the race card when I blast their shit hole rap game brains out. I am not a real rapper but I can out rap all these losers.

  9. Nothing but low brow skuumbags and ghetto azzhoIes…and they all look like they have no idea of reality and proper social mores.

  10. I don't know why they didn't mention South Bully, he's better than most of these rappers and he's doing 7 years for some bullshit.

  11. Dont know why this so called rap exist, it's all done by hoodlums. So I'm happy that at least some are out of this world with their nasty words and acts. J. Z is another one that should go down.

  12. Why do most of them look like genetic mistakes? Why do they feel that looking like knuckle-draggers who never finished 1st grade makes them look attractive? Sad!

  13. It's a shame that this is what young black kids have to look up to. No wonder the black communities are in such disarray.

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