Hip-Hop and controversies are like blood brothers, always
attached to each other. There have been many controversial
incidents involving some of the big names in the music world
that changed hip-hop industry forever. These controversial
incidents involved drugs, guns possession, murders,
and kidnapping that shocked and changed the hip-hop
industry forever, where even many artists lost their lives.
We have compiled a list of the most controversial incidents
that changed the hip-hop industry.
When Taylor Swift was given the Best Female Video at MTV Video
Music Awards and was about to begin her acceptance speech,
Kayne West simply interrupts by grabbing the microphone from
Taylor and started off saying “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for
you, Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best
videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” Soon
after this controversial incident, Kayne was asked to leave the
venue, and he left.
Eminem was charged with gun-whipping a man who was allegedly
kissing his wife, Kim Scot outside a Warren, Michigan, bar
on June 4, 2000. He was sentenced to 2 years probation, but the
rapper plead guilty to the concealed weapons count, and the
prosecutors dismissed a charge of assault with a dangerous
Tupac and his manager were arrested in 1993 on account of
sexually abusing a fan in his room at the Parker Meridien Hotel
on Nov. 18, 1993. They were sentenced to four months in jail
and five years’ probation. Though Tupac claims it was
consensual sex and in tears, he even apologized to the woman.
This controversial incident changed the views of many fans of
the hip-hop industry.
This controversial incident really changed the hip-hop
industry, after a bodyguard of T.I. turned into a police
informant and T.I. got arrested on account of three machine
guns and two silencers possession on October 13, 2007. He
was charged guilty and sentenced to serve one year in
Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas.
Snoop Dogg got acquited from the first-degree murder of a man
named, Philip Woldemariam in 1993. This man Philip Woldemariam
was shot dead when an argument went too far. Both Snoop and Lee
got bail for $1 million each and were placed on house arrest
for two years until the trial began. McKinley Lee was the
shooter hence, Snoop was not found guilty. This controversial
incident showed how the hip-hop industry was involved in
real-life violence and crime.
Another controversial incident that shook the hip-hop industry
was when, Lil Wayne along with two members got arrested by the
DEA agents in Yuma, Arizona for drug possession, over
$22,000 in cash and three firearms from his tour bus. Wayne was
sentenced to one year in jail at Rikers Island in New York.
This is the biggest of all controversial incidents that ever
happened as two of the biggest rappers 2Pac and The Notorious
B.I.G. were battling each other with rhymes and word play were
murdered, between a 7-month gap in 1996, which still remains a
mystery. Their rivalry made them casualties of the
decade’s east coast/west coast rap war
Jay-Z pleaded guilty to stabbing record producer Lance “Un”
Rivera in December 1999 at a listening party for Q-Tip’s solo
album Amplified. He would have had to face up to 15 years
in jail on charges of felony assault in the second degree if
found guilty at trial, but the matter was settled out of
court for between $500,000 to $1 million.
Kanye West publicly accused George W. Bush of thinking
that black lives didn’t matter on Sept. 2, 2005, during a
telethon benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Bush
wrote in his book Decision Points that being accused of racism
after Katrina “was the worst moment of my presidency.”
After Max B served eight years in prison on account of
an armed robbery, everyone felt that he’s a changed man,
unfortunately, he went on to again commit kidnapping,
aggravated assault, and murder for which he was again arrested.
He is currently serving 75 years at Bergen County Correctional
Facility, New Jersy.
C-Murder shot and killed 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas,
following an argument at the Platinum Club in Harvey,
Louisiana, on January 12. About 200 people were present in the
club at the time of the altercation, and several were
eyewitnesses to the shooting. C-Murder was sentenced on
August 14 to mandatory life imprisonment at the
Angola State Prison in Louisiana.
Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez were arrested and charged with
criminal possession of a gun following a late-night club
shooting that left three people wounded. Lopez was released due
to lack of evidence, but Puff and his bodyguard were
charged with criminal possession of a 9 mm gun.
The reason why Eminem performed with Elton John at the Grammys,
was to give an answer to those human rights group who labeled
the rapper as a homophobic and misogynist due to his
controversial songs’ lyrics. This was an unexpected
performance which left the whole hip-hop community shocked.
Rap mogul Suge Knight surrendered himself to West Hollywood
police station after running down two men, killing one in 2015.
Some witnesses described the incident as deliberate, but Suge’s
lawyer said he was escaping an attack on him when he lost
control of the car. This case is still on trial.
She was the first big name in female hip-hop who got convicted
of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends Damion
“D-Roc” Butler and Suif “Gutta” Jackson, who were involved in a
shootout outside a radio station in 2001. She was
sentenced to one year at Philadelphia Federal Detention Center