Five Rappers Who’ve Recently Fallen Upon Hard Financial Times


On June 24, Terror Squad rapper and former Big Pun affiliate Fat Joe was sentenced to prison for tax evasion. The Bronx rhymer faces four months and a fine of $15,000 for failure to file income tax returns on approximately $3.3 million in earnings. Initially, he was charged on failure to file tax returns from 2007 to 2010, but the charges were reduced after he agreed to a plea bargain. Unfortunately, Joe isn’t the only rapper as of late to be experiencing the consequences of unpaid taxes. Just a few minutes ago, we re-ran a story originally featured in our December/January 2012 issue, in which former XXL staff writer Seth Colder Walls spoke to a handful of rappers and their camps over the course of a few weeks about fiscal problems and how they’ve affected rappers. Here we’ve compiled an updated list of rappers who have recently had run-ins with the law.

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