Rappers are known for doing some pretty questionable things. Perhaps it just comes with the territory – when you are earning so much money and young fans are hanging on to your each and every word, it’s easy to think that you own the world. But as we all know, the rules of the land apply to every single one of us and that applies for people who unexplainably decide to take firearms to the airport. In the following piece, we tell you about five rappers who were apprehended for bringing guns to the airport. Two of them are rap veterans, one of them used to be a protégé of Grammy winning producer Timbaland and the remaining two are stars on a VH1 reality show. Do you have any guesses? Read on below …
Waka Flocka Flame:
One of the most boisterous and raucous artists to arrive on the scene in recent years is Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame. He has a really intimidating and noticeable visual presence: he’s super tall, has tattoos all over his body, and he has long dreadlocks that he loves to swirl around during his lively performances. Also, similar to another rapper on this list, he is also a cast member of the popular Atlanta series Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta. Recently, Wacka added his name to the list of rappers who have been apprehended with guns at the airport. On October 10th of this year, the rapper was traveling through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when a hand-gun was found in his carry-on bag. With all the uncertainty and global security issues going on in the world right now, one just has to wonder why he would pull off such a dumb move. The weapon was found as he was passing through a domestic checkpoint lane at the airport. The rapper was immediately arrested and charged with carrying a weapon in a prohibited public place. He was taken to Clayton County jail where he was held for 3 hours. He was later released on bond and the case is still pending.
48-yr-old rapper Too Short may have been around the industry for a while, but all that experience hasn’t exactly made him smarter. He rose to fame in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and he’s known mostly for his misogynistic lyrics and songs praising the pimp lifestyle. He has done some dumb things in the past but nothing as irresponsible as what happened earlier this October. The rapper was traveling through Bob Hope airport in Burbank when a Transportation Security Agent noticed a loaded handgun in the luggage scanner. The rapper (whose government name is Todd Anthony Shaw) apparently realized his gaffe and fled the airport before he was apprehended by authorities – he actually left his luggage at the airport. He returned to the airport later with his attorney and was cited on a misdemeanor possession of a loaded handgun in a public place. He was released on bond and is due in court on Nov 3rd.
North Carolina rapper Petey Pablo was riding high in 2001 when he hooked up with multi-platinum producer Timbaland and released the hit song “Raise Up.” It was a huge smash, and it certainly put Raleigh, NC on the map with regards to Hip-Hop. He enjoyed reasonable success over the years, but things came to a screeching halt on September 11, 2010. He was traveling through Raleigh Durham airport when a stolen gun was found in his belongings as he was making his way through the security checkpoint. He was consequently tried and convicted to 35 months in jail. He was released this past March and according to TMZ, he has plans of hooking up with Timbaland and making some more hit songs. Let’s just hope he doesn’t make any more dumb moves to jeopardize his career.
Yung Joc is a Grammy nominated Atlanta rapper who rose to fame in 2005 when he put out a hit song titled “It’s Goin’ Down.” The track was a complete smash and it eventually led to a lucrative deal between himself and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs of Bad Boy Records. His success continued with several guest appearances on hit records from artists like T-Pain and Danity Kane. In 2007, at the peak of his success, the rapper was traveling through a security checkpoint at Cleveland’s Hopkins International airport when police found a loaded firearm in his belongings. He was held in Ohio’s local Cuyahoga county jail for firearm charges, but was consequently able to sort out this legal issue. Seven years later, Yung Joc can currently be seen as one of the main characters on the reality show Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta.
One of the most prolific rappers on the scene since the 90s, Snoop Dogg is certainly a larger than life character. He originally started off a protégé of Dr. Dre but since then, he has expanded into movies, major product endorsements and establishing himself as the most recognizable character on the West Coast Hip-Hop scene. But back to the topic at hand – In 2006 Snoop was passing through Bob Hope airport in Burbank, California when he was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun and transporting marijuana. As the report goes, he was apprehended for a vehicle code violation in the loading and unloading zone, and that’s when the police officers discovered a handgun and marijuana in his vehicle. The rapper was traveling alone at the time. But that was 8 years ago, and the legal issue has since been dealt with. The most recent news about Snoop Dogg is that he recently signed to Pharrell’s music label I AM OTHER, and the super-producer will entirely produce Snoop’s next album slated to drop in 2015.