Locked Up: Rappers Who Have Been in Jail

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Some rappers get out of the game when they make it big, swapping the streets for fame and fortune. Others go harder in the game than they did before after they make a splash in the industry. These 5 rappers got caught up in their personal turmoil and found themselves sitting in a jail cell while their records played on the radio.



Mystikal attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.
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Oh, I know you remember Shake it fast but watch yourself. Shake it fast. Show me what youre workin wit. That song was hot in 2000. His scratchy voice and Pharrells smooth lilt made this song an instant success. People clamored for more from the New Orleans rapper. But then Mystikal got sent up for sexual assault and extortion charges in 2004 ad the charges continued to snowball causing him to go in an out of custody through 2012.

Ja Rule


Rapper Ja Rule attends the premiere of Overture Films” “Brooklyn’s Finest on March 2, 2010 in New York City.
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Ja Rule was on top of the world. His cuts with Ashanti were like fire on the radio. Then he got sent up for tax evasion and illegal gun possession. Two years in jail while he was still relevant. This right when he was ready to drop another album.



Troubled rapper DMX leaving his New York City, New York hotel with his family on August 8, 2013.
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DMX just keeps going back. This rappers voice is one of the most recognizable in the industry. How many of us have his lyric from Party Up in Here in our minds when stuff gets crazy? Yall gon make me lose my mind up in here, up in here Thats how I felt the first time I heard DMX get caught. His legal issues started in 1998. Even though he didnt go to jail that rape and sodomy accusation cast a pall over Earls head (DMXs real name is Earl Simmons). In 1999 he went up for weapons possessions charges and the snowball began. Since then DMX has been charged with everything from animal cruelty, identity falsification, and drug possession.