Recently, the hip-hop world has seen the return of a number of rappers who were behind bars. From Remy Ma to Gucci Mane and Tru Life, some of rap’s biggest stars were able to get a second chance with their careers. But while some of the most prominent rappers behind bars have been freed, there are still a few who remain in prison in 2017. Check out these eight rappers who are currently in jail:

Kevin Gates

After serving five months of a six-month sentence, “2 Phones” rapper Kevin Gates was released from a Florida jail. Shortly after his release, Gates has found himself back in jail after turning himself in. The rapper is currently in a Chicago jail on a gun charge. It’s uncertain when he will get out.

Kodak Black

In 2016, Kodak Black spent four months in jail after pleading no contest to two misdemeanor drug charges. The “Tunnel Vision” rapper managed to stay out of trouble for a few months until he was arrested again in 2017 for violating his probation. It was originally thought that the rapper would be released in March, but he is still currently being held without bond.

Bobby Shmurda

The latest rapper to serve a  lengthy prison sentence, Bobby Shmurda was originally sentenced to seven years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession. As part of his deal, Shmurda’s sentence was cut down to five years, but his lawyer believes he will only serve three and a half years.

Max B

On June 9, 2009, up-and-coming rapper Max B was found guilty of murder conspiracy and robbery charges. The New York rapper was sentenced to 75 years in prison. With his career and life in jeopardy, the rapper’s sentence was changed to 20 years when a judge resentceded him after he took a plea deal and plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter. He’s expected to be released in 2025 at the age of 47. 

G. Dep 

Once known for his work with P Diddy and Bad Boy Records, the rapper put his career on hold in 2010 when he confessed to the murder of a New York City man in 1993. Considered to be a cold case, G. Dep walked into a New York City police precinct on Dec. 15, 2010 and turned himself in. The rapper was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15-years-to-life in prison in 2011.


The brother of Master P and Silkk the Shocker, C-Murder is currently serving a life sentence for the 2002 murder of a teenager. The rapper pleaded no contest to two counts of second degree murder in 2009 after he shot at a nightclub bouncer, killing 16-year-old Steve Thomas. 


An original member of the Hot Boyz, which featured Lil Wayne and Juvenile, B.G. was sentenced to 14 years in a federal prison in 2012 for gun possession and witness tampering. 

Bump J

From working with Kanye West to having his music featured in commercials and video games, Chicago rapper Bump J was on his way to being a superstar until he made a terrible decision. After parting ways with his record label, Bump J and an accomplice robbed a Chase Bank for $108,135 in 2007. Two years later, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The rapper is expected to finally be released in April.