Top Ten musical jailbirds: In honor of Lil Wayne and T.I. and their respective prison stints
Earlier this morning, Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.
Fellow Southern rapper T.I., meanwhile, went back to jail on Monday after a federal judge in Atlanta revoked his probation following an arrest in Los Angeles last month for possession of Ecstasy and marijuana (his original case also involves weapons charges).
To commemorate Weezy F Baby's release from the big house and T.I.'s return, we've compiled a list of Top Ten musical jailbirds. Click through to see who made the cut.
10. Phil Spector
Convicted in 2009 for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, the legendary record producer and "Wall of Sound" pioneer-turned-homicidal-maniac is currently serving nineteen-years-to-life at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (not to be confused with the nearby Corcoran State Prison, which is home to such luminaries as former Beach Boys groupie and murder-cult leader Charles Manson).
While incarcerated at Upstate New York's Clinton Correctional Facility, Tupac Shakur released Me Against the World in 1995. The multi-platinum album reached number one on the Billboard 200, making Tupac the only artist to top the charts while behind bars.
8. David Alan Coe
The outlaw country legend spent much of his life in and out of reform schools, jails and prisons. What's unclear is his claim that he once served time on death row in Ohio, where he supposedly killed another inmate for demanding that Coe perform oral sex. File this one under the category of bizarre rumor.
Released in 2009, East Coast rapper Shyne spent most of the last decade at the Clinton Correctional Facility for his involvement in a 1999 shooting at a Manhattan nightclub. His co-defendant Sean Combs (aka Diddy) was acquitted.
6. Tommy Lee
After pleading no contest to kicking his former wife and viral sex tape co-star Pamela Anderson, Lee served four months in jail, where the Mötley Crüe drummer says he wrote most of the songs for the mediocre self-titled 1999 debut album from his rap-metal project Methods of Mayhem.
5. Lil' Kim
After being arrested in 1996 for possession of marijuana, Lil Kim (who, incidentally, made a guest appearance on Methods of Mayhem) was convicted of conspiracy and perjury for lying to a federal grand jury about a 2001 shooting outside the Manhattan studios of New York radio station Hot 97. The East Coast rapper served ten months at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia.
4. Paul McCartney
In 1980, the former Beatle and much-celebrated stoner was caught at Tokyo International Airport with nearly eight ounces of wacky weed. Macca was jailed for nine days and deported from Japan, forcing the cancellation of an upcoming Wings tour.
3. Pete Doherty
The troubled Libertines co-frontman's drug abuse caught up with him several times in recent years, resulting in jail-time for possession of everything from heroin and crack to marijuana and ketamine. Following the Libertines 2003 breakup, Doherty broke into bandmate Carl Barât's apartment, stealing various items including a guitar and a laptop computer. Doherty served two months for the burglary, but reconciled with Barât and the Libertines reunited earlier this year.
2. Johnny Cash
The Man in Black landed himself in a cell on several occasions for various alcohol-and-drug-related offenses throughout his storied career. Cash's most-famous jailhouse appearance, however: Recording one of the greatest country albums of all time in front of a -- ahem -- captive audience at Folsom State Prison in 1968.
1. Lead Belly
In 1915, folk-blues icon Huddie Ledbetter -- who preferred his stage name spelled "Lead Belly" -- was sentenced to work on a chain gang in Texas after he was caught illegally possessing a pistol. He escapes the following year and while on the run stabbed a man to death in a fight over a woman. In 1918, he went back to prison for the killing. While incarcerated, Ledbetter writes and performs a song for the Texas governor. Successfully appealing to the governor's religious beliefs, Lead Belly was pardoned and released in 1925 after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.
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