These rap stars have had their fair share of run-ins with the law
If you know anything about hip-hop, you know that the lyrical community has had its fair share of trouble with the law. In fact, its relationship with members of the police force has been known to be quite tumultuous, including arrests, investigations, and even raids!
While these tactics have been used by law enforcement for various reasons, hip-hop has continued to prevail in spite of false accusations and even harassment. In its most severe circumstances and attempts to thwart hip hop culture, the po-po have been known to bust up a cypher or two.
Check out these artists who have been subject to police raids!
Things got especially heated for this member of the famed ’99-2000 Hot Boys in January 2004. The rapper found himself in a shootout with Memphis SWAT Team members during a raid in an apartment. Turns out, the cops were looking for drugs and weapons.
MoneyBagg Yo’s March 2016 release party for his compilation mixtape should’ve been a celebratory affair. Too bad the night turned chaotic when 28 attendees were arrested by Memphis police during a raid of the party.
An estimated 60 representatives from local, state, and federal agencies took part in the operation, which was intended to target gang activities, violence, probation and parole violations, and fugitives. The cops’ search turned up 10 weapons, a bulletproof vest, cash, and drugs, and left most of the 28 people detained with charges, involving drugs, alcohol, or weapons.
Seems like the new year didn’t quite come in with the bang Chief Keef was expecting, as the Chicago rapper found himself in a world of trouble when he was arrested on Jan. 26th, 2017. Keef was apprehended because of his possible ties to an armed robbery in connection with a home invasion that took place in San Fernando Valley.
The victim of the home invasion, producer Ramsay Tha Great, claims that Keef and a group of other individuals entered his home against his wishes. Ramsay mentioned the rapper by name in a social media post and accused him of stealing cash and a Rolex watch, in addition to assaulting him while one of the Keef’s cohorts menacingly carried an AK-47. All of this caused authorities to obtain an arrest and search warrant for the rapper’s home, where he would be cuffed and taken into custody. He was later released after posting a $500,000 bail but the case remains ongoing.