Top 3 Locked-Up Rappers of 2011

We all know DMX tends to frequent prisons cells, but this year he wasn’t the only rapper that had issues avoiding jail time. Here’s a quick look back at how DMX, T.I. and Ja Rule spent that majority of their time… doing time:


· In late May, DMX it was reported that the rapper would be released from an Arizona corrections facility on July 1st. The rapper, who was serving time for violating the terms of his probation, will be under supervision until the August 12th. Right before he was scheduled to be released, X was caught with drugs in his system and faced 30 more days of incarceration. The troubled artist also violated numerous rules, including failing or refusing a drug test, unauthorized smoking and disorderly conduct. Since being released, DMX has cleaned up his act, performed at the 2011 BET Awards and he is working on his seventh studio album, Redemption of the Beast.



· After T.I. served his weapons possession sentence and was able to leave a halfway house, we all assumed he’d serve out the remainder of his sentence under house arrest and steer clear of trouble. Unfortunately, he and his wife, Tameka Cottle, were arrested in early September on drug charges. The pair was pulled over in West Hollywood by police, who then smelled marijuana coming from the car. The two were arrested for possession of a controlled substance, booked and released on ten-thousand dollars bail. T.I. was sentenced to serve an 11-month sentence inside Arkansas Federal Correctional Institution for violating the terms of his probation. After he completed his time, the rapper opened the 2011 Hip Hop Awards alongside Young Jeezy, began to work on his upcoming album, Trouble Man, and he launched a new VH1 reality series, T.I. & Tiny – Family Hustle. In addition, Tip is currently working on his forthcoming novel, titled Power & Beauty.


· Ja Rule is currently serving a two year sentence for a weapons possession charge. In addition to that, according to The Associated Press, the rapper was also sentenced to two years of jail time for tax evasion. Apparently, Ja failed to pay over three million dollars on back taxes to the IRS from 2004 to 2006. His new sentence will “run concurrently” and could result in an additional 4 to 12 months. If that’s not bad enough, he must also pay 1.1-million in back taxes. Fortunately, he is expected to embark on a tour that’s being dubbed My 40 Days/40 Nights Around the World, which will occur immediately following the completion of his jail stint. In addition, he is also working on his upcoming album, The Renaissance Project, the sequel to his classic album, Pain Is Love.

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