It is no open secret that the American rap industry is filled with with a good number of artists whom have been known to have had a criminal record attached to their profiles in the past.
Furthermore, in order not to bore you with too much words, below are 5 US rappers with criminal records that you may not about:
1. Gucci Mane:
Gucci Mane has a criminal record long enough to make him fit into an episode of The Sopranos, according to a fast Google search, but his most known offense is one for which he was never punished.
According to official data, Gucci Mane was attacked by a bunch of individuals in Decatur, Georgia, in May 2005, and as such, his crew didn't take it well; then firearms were drawn and it happened that Pookie Loc, one of Gucci's assailants, was later discovered dead behind a neighboring middle school.
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Gucci Mane, to his credit, turned himself in, claiming he killed Pookie Loc in self-defense; and fortunately for him, he was eventually let off the hook when county prosecutors abandoned the prosecution due to a lack of evidence.
Its also important to note that Gucci was in prison at the time the charges were dropped for assaulting a club bouncer with a pool cue.
On April 15, 2005, the West Oak Lane neighborhood in Northern Philadelphia was anything from peaceful as Cassidy and two of his friends, armed to the teeth with pistols and an AK-47, got into an altercation with three defenseless individuals, and things quickly became nasty.
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One of the three individuals who enraged Cassidy's group that night, Desmond Hawkins, was fatally shot in the back; eventually Cassidy's gang ended up in court after his two companions ended up in the hospital.
While the case appeared to be fairly straightforward at first, series of delays on the prosecution's part resulted in the trial continuously drifted in Cassidy's favor.
Furthermore, Cassidy's original accusations of first-degree murder were reduced to third-degree murder after the prosecutor's main witness withdrew from giving testimony to the court.
He was eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter, for which he was sentenced to only eight months in prison.
3. Tupac Shakur:
Tupac Shakur was convicted of the worst of felonies in 1995, despite being widely regarded as one of the best rappers of all time and largely hailed for his socially progressive lyrics on several albums.
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When a 19-year-old lady claimed that Shakur and his entourage invaded her hotel room and raped her, he and several members of his posse were charged with sexual assault; eventually Shakur insisted in his innocence, but the judge disagreed.
Shakur was eventually convicted of sexual abuse in December 1994 and served four months in prison, with five years of probation remaining after he was released.
4. Lil Wayne:
Lil Wayne had his first headlining gig at the Beacon Theater in New York City on July 22, 2007, and decided to celebrate the way many rappers claim to: "By partying hard".
It so happened that a police officer approached Lil Wayne and another man who were smoking marijuana near the rapper's touring van. After a quick search, the officer discovered a gun registered to Wayne's manager in a bag by his side. The rapper was accused with having a weapon in his possession illegally.
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Lil Wayne pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in October 2009 and was sentenced to a year in jail. He didn't begin his sentence until March 8, 2010, when he began a one-year sentence at the famed Rikers Island, where he would later be freed after serving eight months.
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