Rappers are frequently visiting jail for some or other crime. From A$AP Rocky to Rod Wave, American rappers are not having a bright 2022. From charges of firearm possession; drug charges to involvement in gang-related activities, the most famous rappers have been in hot waters. Here is a complete list of 20 famous rappers who were recently arrested.
Notable rappers who are currently locked up. pic.twitter.com/TA8g7XiLLx
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1. Casanova (Caswell Senior)
Brooklyn rapper Caswell Senior who goes by the stage name Casanova was arrested yesterday (at the time of writing) as he pleaded guilty in a federal racketeering case and another count of “conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana.
The 35-year-old “Set Trippin” artist had a “leadership role” in the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Bloods Gang. He faces a maximum sentence of 60 years for two counts and a minimum of 5 years in prison.
2. Young Thug (Jeffery Lamar Williams)
Grammy Award-winning Atlanta rapper Young Thug is arrested along with fellow rapper Gunna and booked in the Fulton County Jail. The 30-year-old “This Is America” star faces charges of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and for alleged participation in street gang activity, according to the jail report.
3. Gunna (Sergio Giavanni Kitchens)
Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, known professionally as Gunna, is an American rapper. He is signed to Young Thug’s record label YSL Records. He was recently arrested along with Young Thug as a part of the 56-count grand jury indictment in Georgia.
The “Drip Season 3” rapper faces charges of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and for alleged participation in street gang activity, according to the jail report.
4. 42 Dugg (Dion Marquise Hayes)
42 Dugg is jointly signed to Lil Baby and Yo Gotti’s 4 Pockets Full (4PF) and Collective Music Group (CMG), in conjunction with Interscope Records. He is known for his collaborations with American rapper Lil Baby, including “Grace” and “We Paid”.
The rapper was the target of a prolonged federal search after failing to report last month to a federal prison camp in West Virginia to serve a six-month sentence for illegally possessing a firearm.
He was arrested yesterday after flying to Willow Run Airport aboard a private jet from Memphis, where he attended an NBA playoff game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors.
5. Oj Da Juiceman (Otis Williams Jr. )
OJ da Juiceman is the founder of vanity label 32 Entertainment and partnered with Gucci Mane CEO of So Icey Entertainment. He released six mixtapes under his label. The rapper has 294k followers on Instagram.
The 40-year old Atlanta-based rapper was booked in the Hardin County Detention Center for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. In addition to this, Oj Da was found with a convicted felon’s handgun.
6. A$AP Rocky
American rapper Rakim Athelaston Mayers, who goes by the stage name A$AP Rocky was arrested on April 21 at LAX. The 33-year-old rapper was flying on a private jet to LA from Barbados when he was detained at the terminal.
The multiple Grammy Awards nominee is expecting her first child with Rihanna and has supposedly married her per his new music video of D.M.B. He was arrested in connection to a shooting that took place on November 6, 2021.
7. Rod Wave (Rodarius Marcell Green)
Beautiful Mind star Rod Wave was booked in jail on May 2, 2022, as the rapper faces a felony charge of battery by strangulation. The “Hunger Games Vol. 1” rapper is known for his strong voice and incorporation of hip hop and R&B. He has been recognized as a trailblazer of soul trap.
Rod Wave started his music career in 2016 with the release of his mixtape “Hunger Games Vol.1”. The American rapper went on releasing numerous mixtapes independently until he was signed with Alamo Record.
8. Bankroll Freddie (Freddie Gladney III)
The 27-year old American rapper Bankroll Freddie was arrested on April 14, 2022, for possession of firearms and drugs. He also faces charges for resisting arrest as he refused to submit to arrest/active or passive refusal.
The Conway High School alum started his music career in 2017, releasing his freestyle “Lil Baby”. He also created a freestyle “Act Up”, a song by “City Girls” under the label “Quality Control”. The Arkansas native joined this label in 2019 after releasing “Drip Like This”.
9. Pooh Shiesty (Lontrell Donell Williams Jr.)
Shiesty is signed to Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records and Atlantic Records. He is best known for 2020 single, “Back in Blood” featuring Lil Durk. His commercial mixtape “Sheisty Season” was released in 2021 and peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200.
The American rapper was sentenced in April to 63 months in prison for the 2020 October shootout. The 22-year old rapper pleaded guilty to the single firearms conspiracy charge.
10. Hoodrich Pablo Juan (Sterling Leroy Pennix Jr. )
Hoodrich Pablo Juan started pursuing a rap career in 2014 after he released a song titled “Go Get Money” and featured on a Peewee Longway track titled “African Diamonds”. He later signed to Gucci Mane’s label 1017 Records. He gained attention with his track “We Don’t Luv Em”.
Hoodrich Pablo Juan is another rapper that was arrested on RICO charges in Georgia nearly two years ago.
He was held on no bond and is still in jail… trial hasn't even started. If Gunna & Young Thug don't get bond they might be in there for a while…
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested him for the gang, drug, and gun-related crimes in 2020. He is charged under the RICO Act. He was held on no bond and is still in jail. It seems like it’s going to be a difficult road for Gunna and Young Thug who are charged under the same Act.
11. 9lokkNine (Jacquavius Dennard Smith)
Jacquavius Dennard Smith aka 9lokkNine is known for his songs “10 Percent”, which has received over 30 million views on YouTube, and “223’s” (with YNW Melly), which peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The American rapper was sentenced to seven years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to identity theft and possession of unregistered firearms charges. He had fraudulently applied for and received benefits through the Paycheck Protection Act under another person’s name.
12. Rio Da Yung Og (Da’mario Horne-McCullough)
The Flint rapper pled guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in 2021. He is serving a five years sentence presently. The 28-year-old was featured in Lil Yachty’s album “Stunt Double” which marked a bittersweet followed by his arrest. Rio Da Yung was rising through the ranks as a hip hop frontrunner in his own right.
13. YFN Lucci (Rayshawn Lamar Bennett)
YFN Lucci is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, he signed a record deal with Think It’s A Game Entertainment and released his debut mixtape, Wish Me Well.
The 31-year-old rapper was arrested in 2021 as he was among a dozen people charged in a wide-ranging indictment in Atlanta targeting alleged members of the Bloods gang. He is still serving his jail term in Fulton County Jail.
14. Tay K (Taymor Travon McIntyre)
Tay-K is an American rapper and convicted felon. He is best known for his 2017 hit song “The Race”, which reached number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The rapper was sentenced to 55 years in prison and is currently serving his time in jail for multiple murders.
15. AR-AB (Abdul Ibrahim West)
AR-AB (also referred to as King AB), is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a member of OBH (Original Block Hustlaz). In April 2021, the notable rapper was hit with a five-decade-long sentence.
He was found guilty of turning his label, Original Block Hustlaz (OBH), into a drug ring that allegedly implicated at least one murder. The judge said that the bulky sentence of 45 years was because of his anti-social behaviour.
16. 03 Greedo (Jason Jamal Jackson)
03 Greedo is an American rapper and songwriter who gained recognition for his Purple Summer mixtape series that started in 2016. His mixtape, The Wolf of Grape Street and debut studio album God Level (2018) gained mainstream attention.
In 2018, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug trafficking and possession of firearm charges, though he is eligible for release in five years with good behaviour. Despite being in prison, he has remained prolific in releasing music.
17. Foogiano (Kwame Brown)
Foogiano is signed to Gucci Mane’s record label 1017 Records. He is best known for his track “Molly”, which received a remix with DaBaby. He released his debut album “Gutta Boy” in 2020. Foogiano was arrested in 2021 for being a fugitive from justice.
18. YNW Melly (Jamell Maurice Demons)
YNW Melly is best known for his songs “Murder on My Mind”, “Mixed Personalities”, “Suicidal”, and “223’s”. The Florida-based hip-hop artist was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in 2019. He is still in jail and awaits trial.
19. Kay Flock (Kevin Perez)
Kay Flock began his music career in 2020 and rose to fame through his singles like “Not in the Mood” by Lil Tjay, which peaked at no. 61 on the “Billboard Hot 100”. He released his debut mixtape, The D.O.A. Tape in 2021.
In the same year, he was signed to Capitol Records. However, the Bronx rapper was arrested in December 2021 on the charge of first-degree murder and also faces two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
20. Ralo (Terrell Davis)
Ralo was signed to Gucci Mane’s 1017 Records via Interscope Records and owns his own label America Records. He gained recognition following the release of his single, “Can’t Lie” featuring rapper Future, which was released in 2015.
Ralo has been behind bars for nearly four years in connection to his 2018 drug case. His bond was revoked previously after he was found making drug deals from prison using an Apple Watch.
Despite receiving immense fame, these rappers decided to take the wrong road. The notion “The harder the crime, the more serious people tend to take your music” has only left them with a jail term and a criminal record. While the music cannot be blamed, their actions surely can be. Can you recall a name that I skipped on?