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Casey Helen Genny The music industry, lately, has been abuzz with artist being incarcerated. These performers have proven that corruption exist and is punished even if you’re a “young money millionaire “or the industries next rising starlet. These are the accounts of some artist that have recently served time for their choices.

“Not so tough” Country star is seriously hard-core

Melinda Gayle "Mindy" McCready, born November 30, 1975, is an American country singer with four recorded studio albums. Her debut album, 1996's Ten Thousand Angels, was released on BNA Records and was certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, while 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night was certified gold. 1999's I'm Not So Tough, her final album for BNA, was commercially unsuccessful, and she was dropped from the label. A self-titled fourth album followed in 2002 on Capitol Records. She graduated from high school at the early age of sixteen hoping to start her music career early. She was only eighteen when she was signed by BNA Records. ytuytuThroughout her music career, she dated many: she had a long term affair that only ended up in a law suit for false accusation, a crazy ex that attempted to murder her, leaving her suicidal, and causing her to have much publicity; But then again any publicity is good publicity, right? ooooooHer legal problems began in August of 2004, when she was arrested in Tennessee for


faking prescriptions to buy the painkiller OxyContin to feed her drug addiction. She was fined $4,000.00 and sentenced to three years probation and 200 hours of community service. In May 2005, she was stopped by police for driving under the influence and with a suspended license, and the jury found her not guilty for the DUI but guilty for driving with the suspended license. In July, she was charged in Arizona with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution; The following month an arrest warrant was set out for her for violating her probation during the month of July. She was finally arrested in Florida and returned to Tennessee where she was faced with charges in July 2007, she was arrested in Ft. Myers, Florida with battery and resisting arrest for an apparent scuffle with her mother. The following week of the arrest she was taken into custody at the Nashville International Airport for violating probation. Finally, in September she was sentenced to a year in jail for the probation violations in addition to two more years on probation. But surprisingly enough, she was released early, only serving half of her sentence, for good behavior on October 31, 2008. Today it is unsure of her story, as far as one knows she’s been hospitalized going in and out of consciousness; it’s not certain if it is due to drug over dose or a suicide attempt. She is still located in Florida in the care of her mother; Mindy today is as quoted, “volatile and unhealthy.” Her mother Gayle is today battling guardianship of Mindy’s four-year-old son Zander.


Radke can escape the fate but not the law

The story of Ronald Joseph Radke is not an easy one to tell. Ronnie, as he is known to the rest of the world, was an extremely important part of the band Escape the Fate. Not only was Radke the lead vocals, but he helped found the band with long time friend Max Green. The band was thrown into the music industry in 2005 and by 2006 Ronnie’s life was falling apart. Drugs became an everyday thing for him. Oxycontin was his drug of choice. Going through life in a haze, his choices weren’t the best to say the least; On May 6, 2006 everything came to a screeching halt. He was protecting Max Green. They had been friends since before the fame, and Ronnie would do anything for him. Marcel Colquitt and Max were in a verbal war, and Ronnie decided to end it. The two sides met in the Nevada desert, with backup. Little did Radke know that backup included guns. Colquitt fired first, and in self-defense, Radke’s friend, Chase Rader, fired back, but this time it didn’t miss. Michael Cook was dead at the scene. Radke was released after questioning, but charges of "challenge to a fight" and possession of a deadly weapon (brass knuckles) were later submitted to the district attorney's office. He was put on probation and was forced to leave the band (He could no longer tour because of his probation) Drugs were also a huge part of his departure, and he still holds true that Max was, and still is, on drugs too. He holds Max Green accountable for the incident, and the two have not been civil since. On June 16, 2006 he was caught selling Oxycontins to a


friend, and was arrested in Nevada for violation of probation. He was sentenced to five years in High Desert State Prison (25 miles north of Las Vegas), no bail. A release date has not been set. From prison he has done one interview, and has good spirits. Prison has helped him get clean. When asked about his daily life he jokes, “I make three shanks a day.” While in prison he even started a new band called Falling in Reverse. Being in prison has taught him lessons, and helped him become a better person. “You know, that’s my karma, man. I don’t deserve to be in here for the crime that was charged to me. I deserve to be in here for the things I’ve done to other people. Saying that, it makes me feel good. ”

Weezy F. Baby and the F is for Federal Prison

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., though he is known by several names, is the most notorious rap artist to ever live. Most will agree that Lil Wayne has duly surpassed other hip hop legends both in his musical diversity as well as his track record. He was recently released from prison in New York for gun possession charges, and he is on probation for other unrelated drug charges. His recent prison stay lasted from March 8, 2010 to November 4, 2010. He was arrested after performing a show at Beacon Theatre in New York City on July 22, 2007. He was charged with attempted criminal possession of a weapon after the NYPD discovered Carter and a friend smoking marijuana, the gun in a bag near the rapper. He pleaded guilty and was due to be sentenced in February, but it was pushed back to March, and he was sentenced to a year in jail.


He was planned to be released in eight months on good behavior, but in October he was found with an mp3 player, which didn’t lengthen his sentence, but forced him to serve the last month of his sentence in solitary confinement. Aside from his charge in New York, Lil Wayne was also arrested in Idaho in 2007 on fugitive charges in Georgia for being suspected of possessing of a controlled substance. However, those charges were later dropped. On January 23, 2008, the rapper was arrested again in Yuma, Arizona for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misconduct with a weapon. Large amounts of marijuana, cocaine, and MDMA were found on his tour bus, along with $22,000 in cash. Carter was also detained in December 2009 in Texas for having an unknown amount of marijuana at a Border Patrol Checkpoint. Even before his discharge, Lil Wayne released an album from behind bars. The ten-track album, I Am Not a Human Being, quickly became one of the most downloaded releases of the year 2010. Though it was originally intended to be online-only, Target has since begun to sell hard copies of the album nationwide. Released digitally on September 27, Carter’s 28 th birthday, it quickly hit number one on the billboard charts before being released as a CD on October 12. As well as I Am Not a Human Being, Lil Wayne’s released several other tracks from prison, most notably “Miss Me”, the third single from fellow Young Money rapper Drake’s album Thank Me Later. ooooooiAfter his semi-hiatus in prison, Lil Wayne is said to be planning the 2011 release of a follow-up to his previous self-named albums, Tha Carter IV. This will likely be the most


anticipated album in hip hop history. As well as Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne is planning other projects, including a collaboration album Juelz Santana and possibly Luv Swagz, an R&B album. Birdman and Lil Wayne also intend to do another collaboration album as a follow up to Like Father, Like Son. Whatever Wayne’s next ventures are, the public will be eagerly anticipating whatever he has to offer. This just goes to show that even the rich and famous aren’t above the law. And drugs and alcohol are bad…ummmmkay?

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