Rappers are often sent to jail for one thing or another. From A$AP Rocky to Rod Wave, 2022 is not looking good for American rappers. Some of the most famous rappers have been in trouble for things like having guns, using drugs, and being part of gangs. Here is a list of all 15 well-known rappers who were just arrested.
15 famous American rappers who are currently in prison
1. Ralo (Terrell Davis)
Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records signed Ralo through Interscope Records, and Ralo has his own label, America Records. After the official launch of his single “Can’t Lie,” which featured the rapper Future, in 2015, he became well-known.
Because of his 2018 drug case, Ralo has been in jail for almost four years. His bond was taken away before because he was caught using an Apple Watch to sell drugs from prison.
Even though these rappers were very famous, they chose the wrong path. The idea that “the worse the crime, the more people tend to take your music seriously” has only landed them in jail and given them a criminal record.
You can’t blame the music, but you can blame what they did. Can you think of a name I left out?
2. Kay Flock (Kevin Perez)
Kay Flock started making music in 2020. His songs like “Not in the Mood” by Lil Tjay, reached no. 61 on the “Billboard Hot 100,” helped him become well-known. The D.O.A. Tape, his first mixtape, came out in 2021.
He signed with Capitol Records that same year. But in December 2021, the Bronx rapper was arrested and jailed for first-degree killing. He also currently faces felony charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
3. YNW Melly (Jamell Maurice Demons)
“Murder on My Mind,” “Mixed Personalities,” “Suicidal,” and “223’s” are the songs that YNW Melly is best known for. In 2019, police in Florida arrested and charged the hip-hop artist with two counts of first-degree murder. He’s still in jail while he waits for his trial.
4. Foogiano (Kwame Brown)
Foogiano is signed to 1017 Records, which is run by Gucci Mane. Most people know him for his song “Molly,” which was remixed with DaBaby. In 2020, he put out his first album, “Gutta Boy.” Foogiano was caught in 2021 because he was trying to get away from the law.
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5. 03 Greedo (Jason Jamal Jackson)
03 Greedo is an American rapper and songwriter who became known for his Purple Summer mixtape series, which began in 2016. The Wolf of Grape Street, his mixtape, and God-Level, his first studio album, both came out in 2018.
In 2018, he was found guilty of drug trafficking and having a gun, and he was convicted to 20 years in prison. However, if he is good, he can get out in five years. Even though he is in jail, he has kept putting out a lot of music.
6. Casanova (Caswell Senior)
Caswell Senior, better known by his stage name Casanova, was arrested yesterday (as of this writing) after pleading guilty to national racketeering and another count of “conspiracy to allocate over 100 kilograms of marijuana.”
The “Set Trippin” rapper, who is 35 years old, was in charge of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Bloods Gang. For the two counts, he could get up to 60 years in prison, and at least 5 years.
7. Gunna (Sergio Giavanni Kitchens)
Sergio Giavanni Kitchens is an American rapper who goes by the stage name Gunna. He is signed to YSL Records, which is owned by Young Thug. He and Young Thug were just arrested in Georgia as part of the 56-count grand jury indictment.
The prison report says that the “Drip Season 3” rapper is being charged with conspiring to break the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and with taking part in street gang activity.
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8. Young Thug (Jeffery Lamar Williams)
Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Gunna are both arrested and booked into the Fulton County Jail. Young Thug has won a Grammy Award for his music. A prison report says that the 30-year-old “This Is America” star is being charged with conspiring to break the Racketeer Impacted and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and for allegedly being part of a street gang.
9. AR-AB (Abdul Ibrahim West)
AR-AB (also known as King AB) is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based rapper. Philadelphia is in Pennsylvania. He is an OBH member (Original Block Hustlaz). The well-known rapper was sentenced to five decades in prison in April 2021.
He was convicted of turning his record label, Original Block Hustlaz (OBH), into a drug cartel that reportedly involved at least one murder. The judge stated that the lengthy sentence of 45 years was imposed due to his anti-social behavior.
10. Tay K (Taymor Travon McIntyre)
Tay-K is a convicted felon from the United States. His most famous song is “The Race,” which peaked at number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2017. The rapper was convicted of 55 years in prison for multiple murders and is presently serving his sentence.
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11. YFN Lucci (Rayshawn Lamar Bennett)
American rapper, musician, and lyricist YFN Lucci are from the city of Atlanta, Georgia. He got a record contract with Think It’s A Game Entertainment in 2014 and put out his first mixtape, Wish Me Well, the same year.
In 2021, the 31-year-old rapper was arrested because he was one of 12 people charged in a broad indictment in Atlanta against people who were thought to be in the Bloods gang. He is still in Fulton County Jail doing his time.
12. Da’mario Horne-McCullough is known as Rio Da Yung Og
In 2021, the Flint rapper pleaded guilty to having a gun as part of a drug trafficking crime. Right now, he is in prison for five years. The 28-year-old was on Lil Yachty’s album “Stunt Double,” which was bittersweet because it came out right after he was arrested. Rio Da Yung was becoming a leader in his own right as a hip-hop artist.
13. 9lokkNine (Jacquavius Dennard Smith)
Jacquavius Dennard Smith, also known as 9lokkNine, is identified for his songs “10 Percent,” which has been watched more than 30 million times on YouTube, and “223’s,” which reached number 34 on the Top Of the charts with help from YNW Melly.
After pleading guilty to identity theft and having unregistered guns, the American rapper was convicted to 7 years in federal prison. He had used someone else’s name to apply for and receive benefits through the Paycheck Protection Act.
14. Hoodrich Juan Pablo (Sterling Leroy Pennix Jr. )
Hoodrich Pablo Juan began trying to make a living as a rapper in 2014, after putting out a song called “Go Get Money” and appearing on a Peewee Longway song called “African Diamonds.” He later joined 1017 Records, which is owned by Gucci Mane. His song “We Don’t Luv Em” made him famous.
In 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation caught him for crimes related to gangs, drugs, and guns. The RICO Act says that he is being charged. He was put in jail with no bond, and he is still there. Gunna and Young Thug, who are both charged under the same Act, seem to be in for a hard time.
15. Pooh Snitch (Lontrell Donell Williams Jr.)
Shiesty has contracts with both Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records and Atlantic Records. “Back in Blood,” his single from 2020 with Lil Durk, is what he is best known for. In 2021, he put out a commercial mixtape called “Sheisty Season,” which got to number 3 on the US Signboard 200.
In April, the American rapper was given a 63-month jail sentence for the 2020 October shootout. The rapper, who is 22 years old, pleaded guilty to the single gun charge.