It should be no surprise that in the gritty world of Hip Hop, inspiration can be found in the most damning of places. From behind the cold, steel barriers of prison, some of Hip Hop's most iconic albums and tracks have been fundamentally revered for their raw, untamed ability to stretch beyond the confinement of a jail cell. As a testament to the indomitable spirit of Hip Hop, the artists on this list turned incarceration into motivation and did not let circumstance change who they were, spitting some of their most memorable bars from behind actual bars.
Successful Hip Hop projects that were released from prison
Let's explore some of the most memorable Hip Hop projects released from prison!
I Am Not a Human Being by Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is no stranger to both producing hits or living the Hip Hop lifestyle. In 2010, Lil Wayne released I Am Not a Human Being from solitary confinement at Rikers Island Correctional Facility for a charge of possessing a loaded firearm in his tour bus in 2007. 2010 was quite active in releases from Lil Wayne, even featuring on tracks with Eminem and Drake and even a Jay-Z collaboration for the track "Light Up" which made rounds online being called the "Rikers Remix".