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04 August 2017

Crime files of the world’s most notorious rappers born out of the bloody gun-gang wars which still haunt America

IF YOU were to believe most gangsta rappers they should either be behind bars or pushing up the daisies by now.

With songs like 50 Cent’s “Shooting Guns”, Nas’s “Shoot ’em Up” and Dr Dre’s “Bang, Bang” hip hop has always glorified its gun-gang roots.

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Tupac was a high-profile victim of gangsta rap’s gun culture[/caption]

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Ice Cube’s half-sister was gunned down when he was just 12[/caption]

But while some rhymers are all talk, others are clearly the real deal – and have police rap sheets to prove it.

Some – like Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls – are even believed to died as a result of gang rivalries and “beefs” between the Bloods and Cripps dating back to the 70s.

Just this week, two huge names from the world of rap found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

First up “serial offender” Suge Knight was indicted for threatening to kill Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

Then rap pioneer Kidd Creole  – a founder of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 – was charged with murder after allegedly stabbing to death a homeless ex-con.


Considered one of the godfathers of gangsta rap, Ice Cube was a founding member of NWA and wrote the lyrics to “Boyz-n-the-Hood” and “F*** tha Police” –  songs that describe gun use in gang wars.

His sister’s death at the age of 22 was a turning point for him.

He said: ““America is built on the gun. America is in love with the gun. It’s a sick love affair. But it’s just hard to break.”

Here are some of rap’s more notorious stars who didn’t learn that lesson…

Name: C-Murder (Corey Miller)
Crime: Murder
Punishment: Life at Louisiana State Penitentiary

New Orleans rhymer C-Murder, brother of hip-hop mogul Master P, was making a name for himself collaborating with the likes of Snoop Dogg when he infamously snapped and lived up to his fearful rap name. He pulled out a gun and shot 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas in cold blood at a Louisiana nightclub in 2002. He denied it was him but a bouncer testified against Miller claiming to have witnessed every moment of the shooting. He was sentenced to life in prison and is currently serving his time at Louisiana State Penitentiary.


Name: X-Raided (Anarae Brown)
Crime: First degree murder in relation to a gang-related homicide
Punishment:  31 years to life in prison

X-Raided lived a lifestyle which truly reflected his gangsta rap rhymes. He was rapper by day and a full-blown member of the Cripps by night. The Sacramento star was sentenced to 31 years in prison for the gang-related murder of a woman. His arrest – in 1992 came just months after the release of his debut album “Psycho Active”. His case made headlines as the album was used in court to prove the gun on the cover of the was the murder weapon.  He has continued to release albums from behind bars and this year announced he will now record under his birth name as claims he’s a changed man.


Name: Mac Minister (Andre Dow)
Crime:  Two counts of  murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder
Punishment: Life in prison without parole.


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Name: Tupac Shakur
Crime: Sexual abuse
Punishment: Served eight months at Clinton Correctional Facility in New York

Tupac was arrested in 1993 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, weapons possession, and sodomy. A 19-year-old fan reported that she had been in a room at the Parker Meridien Hotel with Shakur when a group of men joined them, and he forced her to perform oral sex on the group. During the trial, Tupac was shot and robbed at Quad Studios in Manhattan. Tupac (against the wishes of his doctors) appeared in court in a wheelchair and bandages. He was eventually found guilty of sexual assault, but acquitted of the charges involving the gun and sodomy. He was infamously gunned down in Las Vegas a year later by a mystery killer.

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Name: ODB (Ol’ Dirty B***ard)
Crimes: Making terrorist threats, possessing a narcotic with intent to sell, unlawful possession of marijuana and disobeying a traffic light signal
Punishment: Sentenced to serve two to four years at Rikers Island in New York

ODB – of Wu Tang Clan fame –  spent much of his short life clashing with the police: second-degree assault charges and attempted robbery in 1993, failure to pay £25,000 in child support in 1997, attempted assault to his wife, criminal threatening, attempted murder, and weapons possession in 1998. In January 1999, there was also his shootout with the NYPD. A month later, in February 1999, he was arrested for driving without a license and for wearing a bulletproof vest as a felon. Then crack cocaine possession. Then marijuana possession. Then more crack. There were even arrests for terrorist threats. At trial, he called a prosecutor a “sperm donor.” He died of cocaine overdose in 2004.


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Name: G-Dep (Trevell Gerald Coleman)
Crime: Second degree murder
Punishment: 15 years to life at Rikers Island in New York.

G-Dep was just a drugged-up teen when he shot John Henkel, during an attempted robbery. Dep was unaware that his victim had died from his injuries. The case went completely cold and G-Dep went on to find some mainstream rap success with Puffy in the early 2000s. Then, in 2010, he walked into a police station and told police what he’d done. At trial, his attorney argued that Dep had shot someone that night, but that a lifetime of PCP addiction had affected his memory of the events. There was no way to know that Henkel was the man who he had shot. Initially facing 35 years in prison for his crime, he was eventually jailed for 15 years to life.


Name: Chi Ali (Chi-Ali Griffith)
Crime: First-Degree Manslaughter
Sentence: Served 12 years at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York.
Harlem-born Chi released a solo album entitled The Fabulous Chi Ali in 1992, which included “Age Ain’t Nothin But A #”. He’d recorded with De La Soul and was considered a member of the Native Tongues clique. He’d disappeared off the radar until January, 2000 when he shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend. Accused of second-degree murder, assault, firearm possession, and a number of other charges, the rapper fled launching an extensive manhunt that lasted well over a year. He was finally caught on March 5, 2001 in the Bronx . He took a plea deal, avoiding a homicide charge in favour of a first-degree manslaughter charge. Now a free man he’s taking a stand against the “hell”of solitary confinement in jail.


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Name: Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III)
Crime: Possession of a Concealed Weapon, Assault
Punishment: Two years of probation.

Eminem was running wild in June 2000. First, on June 3, he got into an altercation at a car audio store in Michigan and pulled out an unloaded gun. The very next day, he allegedly saw his then wife Kim kiss a man named John Guerrera in the parking lot of the Hot Rock Café. Mathers proceeded to assault Guerrera and was then arrested. Eminem was later charged with possession of a concealed weapon and assault. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was given two years probation.

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Name: Cassidy (Barry Adrian Reese)
Crime: Involuntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault
Punishment: Eight months at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania

On April 15, 2005, following a row in Philadelphia, Cassidy and two others armed themselves with three pistols, and an AK-47 and fired shots at three unarmed men. One was killed while two others survived. Cassidy was eventually arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder. Then the primary witness in the case withdrew his confession. This led to the charges against him to be significantly reduced. On January 25, 2006, Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of an instrument of crime and was sentenced to 11 to 23 months. He was released after eight months. He talked about his time in prison in the 2011 film “Rhyme and Punishment” which documents hip-hop artists who have done jail  time.


Name: T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris Jr)
Crime: Possession of three machine guns and two silencers
Punishment:  One year and one day at Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas

T.I. was on top of the world in 2006 when his most recent record “King” went gold in under a week. But two months later his entourage was fired upon killing one of the star’s oldest friends. On October 13, 2007, T.I. was scheduled to perform at the BET awards; he had been nominated for nine, including album of the year. Instead of performing, he being caught in a police sting. T.I. paid £10,000 for three machine guns and two silencers.When cops searched his home and vehicles, they found nine guns, including three in his car alone. Facing 10 years if convicted, T.I. instead managed to serve only one year and a day in prison in conjunction with nearly 1,500 hours of community service. In 2015, he starred in “Get Hard” alongside Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.


Name: Big Lurch (Antron Singleton)
Crime:Murder
Punishment: Life in California State Prison Sacramento

Rapper Big Lurch was at the centre of one of the most gruesome murder cases of 2003. The writer of “It’s All Bad”, who collaborated with Bay Area legends Too $hort and Mac Dre during his career, was said to be high on the drug PCP when he hacked open his roommate’s chest, ripped out her lungs and began chewing on her flesh. Cops found him wandering the streets naked and covered in blood. Despite his defence attorney’s claims that Lurch was insane and had suffered from “PCP psychosis,” the rapper was sentenced to life in prison in November of 2003. In June 2013. Singleton featured alongside other individuals who have used PCP in a television show titled “Drugs Made Me Do It.”


Name: Cool C (Christopher Roney)
Crime: First degree murder
Punishment: Death by lethal injection (pending)

In the mid-1980s, Roney was an original member of the Philadelphia-based Hilltop Hustlers crew. His 1987 debut single, “Juice Crew Dis,” which took aim at New York-based crews gained Roney a good amount of attention. He was one of rap’s rising stars in 1996 when he was convicted of the murder of Philadelphia cop Lauretha Vaird during an attempted bank robbery. The trial was speedy and although he maintains his innocence, Cool C was sentenced to death by lethal injection, just two days later. While on death row, he’s been granted two stays of execution – one in 2015 and one last year. He currently remains incarcerated.


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