Lil Wayne Announces ‘I Am Music II’ Tour: 20 Musical Artists That Served Time In Prison

Lil Wayne Announces ‘I Am Music II’ Tour: 20 Musical Artists That Served Time In Prison

One of the more interesting series of upcoming concerts this spring is Lil Wayne’s I Am Music Tour II.

What makes this tour so unique is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. will be launching it just four months after getting out of prison. Talk about your jailhouse rock.

His 25-date excursion begins March 18 in Buffalo, New York and concludes May 1 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Major tour dates include a March 26 show in Philadelphia, an April 1 performance in Chicago, and an April 16 concert in Houston.

Look for Lil Wayne tickets to go on sale Feb. 4

This is Lil Wayne’s first major roadie since being released from Rikers Island in November of 2010. He was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon.

Weezy only served eight months of his 12-month bit. He was let out early for good behavior.

Unfortunately, and coming as no surprise to anyone, he’s far from the only musical artist to serve time in prison. This got Land of Punt thinking about musicians and prison time. It got us thinking so much that we’ve compiled a list of 20 artists who have fought the law only to have the law win.

With a few exceptions, all 20 artists listed below served time in prison. Without exception, all 20 artists listed below committed serious crimes.

2Pac – In 1995, 2Pac began an 11-month sentence for sexual assault. The judge called it “an act of brutal violence against a helpless woman.” While serving his time, his album Me Against the World went to the top of the charts making 2Pac the only artist to ever have a number one album while in prison.

GG Allin – Punk rocker GG Allin served his prison sentence for reduced felony assault charges from December of 1989 to March of 1991. He was initially charged with rape and torture of a woman in Michigan. Allin admitted to cutting her, burning her, and drinking her blood. The torture charges were eventually dropped.

James Brown – When he was 16, Brown served a 3-year prison term for theft. In the late 1980’s, Brown served three years of a six years sentence for a variety of offenses including possession of drugs and assaulting a police officer.

Chuck Berry – In 1944, at the age of 18, Berry was arrested and convicted of armed robbery. He served three years. In 1962, Berry was sentenced to prison for three years for offenses surrounding the transportation of a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

Johnny Cash – Although he was arrested on several occasions and landed in jail seven times, Cash never served any prison time. In 1965, he was arrested on suspicion of smuggling heroin from Mexico. Turned out he was just hiding prescription drugs.

David Crosby – In 1982, Crosby spent nine months in Texas prisons after being convicted of possessing heroin and cocaine. Crosby has been arrested several times on drugs and weapons charges as well as a hit-and-run.

Pete Doherty – In 2003, Doherty was sentenced to prison for six months (later reduced to two months) for stealing items from an apartment belonging to Carl Barât, his bandmate at the time. Then in 2008 he was jailed for 14 weeks for a probation violation.

Jim Gordon – Gordon was the premiere session drummer of the late 1960’s and 1970’s. He’s best known for writing the piano coda for one of rock’s greatest songs, “Layla.” In June of 1983, Gordon murdered his mother with a hammer and a butcher’s knife. He was sentenced to 16 years to life. During his trail it was discovered he was an acute paranoid schizophrenic.

Merle Haggard – In 1957, Haggard was arrested for attempting to rob a Bakersfield tavern. He served three years in San Quentin State Prison. In 1972, he was pardoned by California Governor Ronald Regan.

Rick James – James served two years in Folsom Prison in the mid-1990’d for kidnapping, torturing, and raping a 24-year old woman. He committed the crime while out on bail for assaulting and kidnapping a music executive. Both crimes were committed while James was smoking crack cocaine.

Lead Belly – Lead Belly served several prison terms and even escaped from one. Some of the offenses he was convicted of were “carrying a gun,” attempted homicide, and manslaughter. He was known for having a fierce temper.

Lil’ Kim – In 2005, Kim was sentenced to 366 days in prison for conspiracy and perjury stemming from a 2001 shooting outside of a radio station in Manhattan. She served her time at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia.

Paul McCartney – In 1980, McCartney served 10 days in a Japanese prison after custom officials found 7.7 ounces of pot in his luggage. Many Japanese wanted the former Beatle to stand trial. Had that happen, and Macca been found guilty, he would have received a seven-year prison sentence. However, cooler heads prevailed. McCartney was released and told never to come back to Japan. He played Tokyo a decade later.

Vince Neil – In 1986, Vince Neil served 15 days of a 30-day sentence for vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. He caused an automobile accident that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley and seriously injured the two occupants of the other vehicle involved.

Johnny Paycheck – In 1985, Paycheck was convicted of shooting a man in the head with a .22 pistol (the victim was grazed). Paycheck began serving his 7-year sentence in 1989 but was pardoned by Ohio governor Richard Celeste 22 months later.

Shyne – In 2001, Shyne was sentenced to ten years in prison for his involvement in a shooting at a Manhattan night club. Specially, he was convicted of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment. After being released from prison in October of 2009 he was immediately detained by Federal authorities and eventually deported back to Belize.

Phil Spector – In 2009, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life for the murder of Lana Clarkson. He’s serving his sentence at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran. Corcoran State Prison is where Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan are serving their life sentences.

Ike Turner – Turner had a multi-year prison term in the mid-1980’s after being convicted of drug related charges. He served his time in a California state prison.

Sid Vicious – In 1978, Vicious was arrested for assaulting Patti Smith’s brother at a concert. He served 55 days at Rikers Island. Vicious was also arrested for the murder of Nancy Spungen but he died from a drug overdose before a trail could begin.

Peter Yarrow – In 1970, Yarrow served three months in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Yarrow apologized for the incident but admitted that what he did was common practice in the late 1960’s. President Jimmy Carter eventually granted Yarrow clemency.

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