Law Enforcement The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

Susie Moss
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List Rules Federal or state prisons, or a local lockup after an arrest. List is alphabetical.

Have your favorite rap artists even been incarcerated? This list of all the rappers ever arrested and sent to prison in the history of rap music has the answer. So, which rappers went to jail?  Are their famous rappers in jail now? Rap stars in jail are common throughout music history and this is a running list of imprisoned rappers in the music industry. From 2 Chainz to R Kelly, these hip hop artists who've been sent to prison for their drama-filled lives. Most were convicted on drug charges, but others committed much more serious crimes, including murder and grand theft. Let's hope we don't have to keep adding to this jailed rappers list at quite this pace going forward!

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2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison
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2 Chainz Was arrested after an eight-hour standoff with police in Oklahoma City for obstruction of justice after local authorities pulled his tour bus over for a busted tail light.

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop

Albums: B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Beez in the Trap, T.R.U. REALigion, Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective), Based On a T.R.U. Story, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Def Jam Recordings

Career Began: College Park, Georgia, United States of America

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#40 on The Best New School Rappers

#45 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#21 on The 25+ Best Rappers Of 2018, Ranked

#32 on The Most Respected Rappers, Ranked

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Akon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison
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Akon was sentenced for theft as a youngster.

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Popular music, Pop music, Dance-pop, Reggae, + more

Albums: Konvicted, Trouble, Mama Africa, Freedom, Gunshot (Fiesta Riddim), + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Universal Motown Republic Group, Konvict Muzik, UpFront Records, SRC Records, KonLive Distribution

Career Began: Dakar, Senegal

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#74 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#40 on The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

#2 on Celebrities Whose Names Are Hardest to Spell

#9 on The Very Best Muslim Rappers

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R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison
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Charged with 21 counts of child p*********y and illegally engaging in sexual acts with a minor.

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Neo soul, Dance-pop, Pop rap, New jack swing, + more

Albums: Black Panties, Unfinished Business, The Best of Both Worlds, 12 Play, Love Letter, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Blackground Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Jive Records, RCA/Jive Label Group, + more

Career Began: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Also Ranked

#47 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

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XXXTentacion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison
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Sent to a youth detention center for gun possession; arrested and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon; arrested for false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim; released in December 2017 on house arrest

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#7 on The Best New School Rappers

#50 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#1 on The 25+ Best Rappers Of 2018, Ranked

#73 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40

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