It’s not uncommon to find a hip-hop artist who’s willing to exploit their rap sheet for extra publicity. After all, stars like DMX and Lil Wayne probably nabbed a few thousand extra record sales following their stints in the slammer. These ten faded rappers, however, have nothing to boast about — and their heinous acts have ensured that they’ll stay behind bars for a long, long time.
You could say that Corey Miller – a.k.a. C-Murder – has hip-hop in his blood. After all, he comes from a family of artists that includes Master P and Silkk the Shocker. And when the New Orleans native’s 1998 debut album Life or Death went platinum, it seemed like he was destined to carry on the family name. But the young rapper threw it all away just four years later.
In 2003 Miller was found guilty of the murder of 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas; for the crime – coupled with an unrelated murder attempt in 2001 – he was ordered to spend his life behind bars. Miller, however, pleaded no contest to the 2001 case and has denied involvement in Thomas’ murder. He even released the 2016 album Penitentiary Chances in order to help plead his innocence.
9. G. Dep
In 1998 Trevell Coleman — known as G. Dep — landed a lucrative five-album deal with Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Records label. Unfortunately, the aspiring musician was subsequently dropped because of poor album sales. Perhaps G. Dep was too busy with his criminal career at the time – he had amassed 25 counts of drug and larceny offences by 2003 alone.
But while he escaped legal prosecution for the majority of his crimes, G. Dep was seemingly being punished by his own conscience. In 2010, then, he voluntarily confessed to the 1993 shooting of a man named John Henkel. The former star subsequently received a 15-year sentence and — bar a day release to attend his father’s funeral in 2015 – he’s been behind bars at Rikers Island prison ever since.
Cdai may not have any major releases to his name, but it was only a few years ago that he was making waves on the Chicago rap circuit. Following a series of successful collaborations with fellow rapper RondoNumbaNine, the artist and 600 Black Disciples gang member was signed by Fredo Santana’s Savage Squad Records in 2013.
Just one year later, then, Cdai would team up with RondoNumbaNine again — but this time the collaboration ended with horrifying results. In 2014 the pair shot and killed cab driver Javan Boyd and were charged with first-degree murder. Cdai was convicted, received two 38-year sentences in 2016 and is currently serving his time in Chicago’s Cook County Jail.
Like his accomplice Cdai, RondoNumbaNine was an emerging artist in the Chicago music scene, who in 2013 bagged a prestigious collaboration with Lupe Fiasco on the track “Life of a Savage.” But the young rapper was no stranger to the law, and that same year he was placed on a police alert when pictures emerged of him posing with a rocket launcher.
And one month after Cdai’s sentencing, Rondo was given a similar stint in prison for his part in Javan Boyd’s murder. Despite initial difficulty in finding witnesses willing to testify in court, the artist – whose real name is Clint Massey – was found guilty, and he began his 39-year sentence in 2016.
6. Max B
Max B was best known for introducing the term “wavy” into hip-hop jargon, and he influenced a streak of future artists including Drake, Future and Young Thug. The star formerly known as Charly Wingate had just completed an eight-year jail sentence when, in 2005, he signed a deal with the label ByrdGang. His criminal leanings, however, quickly resurfaced.
In 2009, in fact, Wingate was sentenced to a whopping 75 years for conspiracy to murder after a botched robbery in 2006 left one person dead. In defiance of his sentence, though, Max B continues to make music via his prison’s phoneline — and he even guest starred on Kanye West’s 2016 release The Life of Pablo.
5. Twain Gotti
While artists often use their own life as a source of inspiration for their lyrics, Twain Gotti learned the hard way that some things are best left secret. That’s because in 2011 the aspiring Virginia rapper released his song “Ride Out” on YouTube, and authorities immediately noticed similarities between his words and a cold case from 2007.
As a result, the rapper also known as Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with the double homicide of Brian Dean and Christopher Horton. And although Steward was eventually acquitted of the murder charges, in 2014 he was found guilty of two cases of firearms offences and received a 16-year sentence.
4. Young QC
Like many rappers sucked into the hip-hop lifestyle, Qaw’mane Wilson became enamored by the luxury and glamor of the genre and obsessed with showing off on social media. But Wilson’s greed went further than most. The aspiring Chicago MC – known by the stage name Young QC – allegedly hired a hitman to kill his own mom and then proceeded to claim her life insurance.
Wilson was arrested after he posted pictures of his newfound wealth on Facebook and Instagram and, since 2013, has been held without bail at Cook County Prison while he awaits trial. Ironically, though, Wilson’s social media fans have now turned against him: a Facebook page advocating he receive a life sentence has already reached 3,700 likes.
3. Big Lurch
He possesses a name ripped straight from a character in a horror movie, and Big Lurch – aka Antron Singleton – committed a crime that is fittingly monstrous. In 2002 the aspiring Los Angeles rapper was in the middle of producing his debut album It’s All Bad when police were called to his apartment.
Lurch, while under the influence of the drug angel dust, had murdered his roommate Tynisha Ysais and then proceeded to carve her lung out and eat it. After an unsuccessful insanity bid, he was handed a life sentence the following year, which he is currently serving at Mule Creek State Prison. Ysais’ mother, meanwhile, later sued Singleton’s label Black Market Records, claiming that it had encouraged his violence and drug abuse.
Loon, another protégé of Sean Combs, was also on track to being a successful rap artist. Indeed, he managed to clinch collaborations with artists such as Kelis and The Game, in addition to scoring a Billboard Top Ten album in 2003. But after launching his own label in 2004, though, Loon eventually converted to Islam — and quit music as a result five years later.
However, it seems that finding religion did little for the former star’s sense of right and wrong, as in 2008 he was convicted of drug trafficking. And despite insisting that he was only indirectly linked with the main conspirators in 2011, Loon – now known as Amir Junaid Muhadith – still received a 14-year sentence.
B.G. was just 13 when he signed to Cash Money Records in 1993, and he became known through a series of collaborations with the likes of Lil Wayne and Birdman. But throughout his successful career, B.G. faced multiple drug felony charges, the worst of which was to come 16 years after his musical debut.
In late 2009 police found drugs and stolen guns inside B.G.’s car – a vehicle which itself was stolen. The rapper pleaded not guilty at his trial but ultimately was convicted of firearm charges and witness tampering, being handed a 14-year prison sentence as a result.