2019 has been a rough year for the music industry. Many rappers have had their careers derailed due to being arrested and convicted during the height of their success.
From Tekashi 6ix9ine to YWN Melly, these rap stars you’re about to see have all been locked up in 2019 and remain in prison. Most were convicted on drugs and weapon charges, but others committed much more serious crimes, including murder.
Here is a list of prominent rappers who are currently serving time in jail in 2019.
New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was facing a minimum 47 years and a maximum of life in prison for six charges that include conspiracy to commit murder, armed robbery, racketeering (fraudulent business dealings), and possession of an AR-15 rifle. However, under the terms of his recent guilty plea, he could walk free as early as January 2020.
The most recent addition to the 2019 list is Chicago-based rapper Lil Durk who turned himself in on Thursday night (May 30) after being listed as wanted by Atlanta police in connection with a February shooting that took place outside the Varsity, authorities confirmed.
Atlanta police issued warrants for the 26-year-old, whose real name is Durk Derrick Banks, on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also faces a criminal street gang charge.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again
YoungBoy Never Broke Again (NBA YoungBoy) is currently facing jail time after violating the terms of his probation by appearing in various social media post that breaches his probation. Youngboy was the target of a shooting on May 12 that left his girlfriend wounded and one innocent bystander dead.
Judge Bonnie Jackson gave the Baton Rouge rapper three years of probation and a suspended 10-year prison sentence for aggravated assault with a firearm back in 2017.
On February 13, Florida rapper and Kanye West collaborator YNW Melly was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Police said he and another rapper, YNW Bortlen, killed two of their close friends and staged the crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting. It has since been reported that The State of Florida intends to seek the death penalty against the musician.
Rapper Kodak Black was arrested at the 2019 Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Miami, right before he was set to perform. The Florida rapper, whose real name is Bill K. Kapri, was taken into custody by police for alleged state and federal firearm violations.
He will be held in custody in Miami while he awaits a trial date likely to be scheduled before the end of the summer. Prosecutors said Black could face up to eight years in prison if convicted in Florida.