10 Rappers Who Have Been Arrested At The Airport 10 Rappers Who Have Been Arrested At The Airport
10 Rappers Who Have Been Arrested At The Airport

10 Rappers Who Have Been Arrested At The Airport

Rappers love to get high. No, not that kind of high. What we mean is that rappers love to get high in the sky on domestic and international flights. It means that they've "made it" in a sense. Some like to take their tour buses and travel that way when they head out to do shows. But, any high-profile rapper will tell you that flying is definitely the way to go—especially with all of the issues that rappers have had with their tour buses in the past.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of rappers who have had—how do we put this?—"issues" when they've tried to fly. Although we all know that drugs, guns, and weapons are not permitted on flights, there have been more than a few rappers who have found themselves detained by airport security in the past because of them. The most recent example is 2 Chainz, who was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York City last week after security found what they thought were brass knuckles in his carry-on bag. The weapon in question turned out to be a piece of jewelry, but 2 Chainz still had to go through a whole big ordeal and miss his flight because of the situation.

"They tried to assassinate my character," he told MTV News later, "they tried to assassinate my swag. It was just a negative dilemma earlier where someone misconstrued a piece of jewelry for a weapon and stuff."

Situations like the one 2 Chainz found himself in aren't rare, though. Over the years, we have seen plenty of rappers arrested at the airport—and most of them don't get off quite as easily as 2 Chainz did. To show you what we mean, we put together a list of 10 Rappers Who Have Been Arrested At The Airport. These guys tried to get high but crash landed when they tried to make it past security.—Chris Yuscavage

The Rapper: Kanye West
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Los Angeles International Airport
What He Did: 'Ye and his manager Don C allegedly got into an altercation with a paparazzo who was trying to take pictures of them in the airport in September 2008. They were both booked and charged with felony vandalism after they allegedly broke the paparazzo's $10,000 camera. The entire incident was caught on camera.

The Rapper: Yung Joc
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
What He Did: In December 2007, Joc was arrested after trying to sneak a fully-loaded handgun through a security checkpoint. He was arrested and thrown into the local Cuyahoga County Jail.

The Rapper: Uncle Murda
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Los Angeles International Airport
What He Did: Security pulled the Brooklyn MC aside in May 2008 after he attempted to use a fake ID before boarding a flight. He was hauled to the police station, cited for using the false identification, and released.

The Rapper: Snoop Dogg
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Burbank, Calif.'s Bob Hope Airport
What He Did: After police approached Snoop for parking in a passenger pickup zone in October 2006, they searched his vehicle and found marijuana and a gun inside. They arrested him on suspicion of possessing marijuana and a handgun and he was released on $35,000 bail.

The Rapper: DMX
The Airport He Got Arrested At: London's Heathrow Airport
What He Did: During a flight to London in May 2006, X refused to put on his seatbelt on (gangsta!) and caused a huge disturbance when the crew attempted to get him to sit down and relax. He was arrested on suspicion of being verbally abusive to cabin crew when the flight landed.

The Rapper: DMX
The Airport He Got Arrested At: New York City's JFK Airport
What He Did: Oh, you thought Heathrow was X's first airport-related arrest? Not by a long shot! Back in June 2004, he was arrested at JFK after attempting to carjack a car from a garage while barking and claiming to be a federal agent. He was charged with cocaine possession, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, menacing, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Rapper: Busta Rhymes
The Airport He Got Arrested At: London City Airport
What He Did: Actually, nothing. Yet, Busta was still detained at the airport in September 2008 for more than 10 hours after London authorities found out that he had criminal convictions in the United States stemming from an incident in which he assaulted his former driver and a fan. And, the worst part? He was in town to headline a free charity concert.

The Rapper: Coolio
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Los Angeles International Airport
What He Did: The "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper was charged with possession of cocaine and a smoking device in March 2009 after an airport screener found both in his luggage. He was also hit with battery charges after he allegedly grabbed the screener's arm to try and prevent the search.

The Rapper: Kurtis Blow
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Los Angeles International Airport
What He Did: In December 2010, a body scan revealed that the hip-hop legend had "an anomaly" in his pants (go ahead and laugh) which turned out to be a baggie of weed. He had the pot confiscated and was given a ticket for having under an ounce of marijuana on him.

The Rapper: Petey Pablo
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Raleigh-Durham International Airport
What He Did: He attempted to carry a 9mm automatic pistol onto a flight headed to Los Angeles in September 2010 and told authorities that he'd forgotten it was in his carry-on bag. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen gun, and carrying a concealed weapon.

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"I don't have an income right now," said Phillips while showing off his paintings to Fox 2 Detroit. "This is my income."

In the early 1970s, Phillips was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Gregory Harris. He was sentenced to life in prison but always maintained his innocence. “I would rather died in prison than admit to a crime I didn’t do,” Philips said.

Phillips was convicted through an eyewitness account implicating him and a second man, Richard Palombo. In 2010, Palombo admitted that Phillips had no involvement in the murder and that he didn’t even know him. A new investigation was launched in 2014, nearly 20 years later Phillips appealed his murder conviction.

Last March, Wayne County Prosecutors Kym Worthy dropped all charges against Phillips, officially freeing him from prison. “There’s nothing that I can say to bring back 40 years of his life. The system failed him. There’s no question about it,” Worthy said at the time. “This is a true exoneration. Justice is indeed being done today, but there’s nothing that we can do ... to bring back those years of his life.”

Art played a big part in helping maintain his sanity through the sentence. Though he remained optimistic, Phillips admitted that he never truly believed he would be released. To pass the time, he began painting. He pulled inspiration from everywhere: his favorite artists, photos and even tapped into some of the loneliness that he felt in prison. "It was created in a harsh environment. But it goes to show you that beauty can come from something ugly."

Last year, Detroit's Demond Ricks was awarded $1 million for spending 25 years in prison on a wrongful conviction. As it stands, Phillips is the longest-serving wrongfully convicted former prisoner in U.S. history.

Phillips' artwork will be on display at Michigan's Ferndale's Level One gallery beginning Jan. 18.

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Gladys Knight Defends Decision To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl Amid Criticism

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Several artists turned down offers to perform at the Super Bowl in protest of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Knight clarified that her choice to sing has nothing to do with Kaepernick, and she doesn't exactly agree with the anthem being "dragged into the debate."

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in a statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

The 74-year-old singer also noted that she has been on the forefront of social justice issues for much of her career. "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words,” Knight said. “The way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good.

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Williams announced another extended hiatus from her talk show as she continues recovering from a shoulder injury and recent “complications” brought on by Graves' disease, according to a statement posted to the show’s Instagram account Friday (Jan. 18).

“Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment,” reads the statement. “Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.

“Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time.”

The statement included a message of support from Debmar-Mercury, the company that syndicates The Wendy Williams Show. “We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready.”

Williams will return with new episodes the week of Jan. 28.

 

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A Note from The Hunter Family As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being. Wendy thanks everyone in advance for their well-wishes and for respecting her and The Hunter Family's privacy during this time. Statement from Debmar-Mercury For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family. We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready. The Wendy Williams Show will air repeat episodes the week of January 21st and will produce original episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of January 28th.

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