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While popular rappers are one of the most successful recording artists in music, sometimes their stars fall and they’re unable to recover. Here are 9 rap stars who faded away from the public eye.
1. DMX. He was one of the most successful rappers of all-time with Ruff Ryders Entertainment, but DMX couldn’t stay on top of the world during the late 2000s. Unfortunately, he has had a long on-going run-in with the law that kept him from releasing records or performing.
2. Mystikal. During the late ’90s, Mystikal was part of No Limit Records with Master P, Silkk the Shocker, and C-Murder. In the year 2000, he also teamed up with Pharrell Williams to release “Let’s Get Ready.” Unfortunately, he was sentenced to six years in prison in 2004 and couldn’t mount a successful comeback after his release.
3. Ma$e. He was positioned to be one of the biggest and most popular rappers in the late ’90s, Ma$e became a preacher after he released his debut in 1997. He had a comeback in 2004, but nothing ever came from his return to hip-hop.
4. Fat Joe. While he had a big hit with “Lean Back” in 2004 and a Grammy nomination in 2008, Fat Joe lost a lot of weight over the years, so he’s not as much fat as he is Joe. In 2013, he was sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion.
5. Soulja Boy. What ever happened to Soulja Boy? After he released “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” in 2007, Soulja Boy never released another song as popular, so he was deemed a one-hit wonder. He had a stint on the VH1 reality show Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood in 2014.
6. Bow Wow. Born Shad Gregory Moss, Bow Wow was more popular and successful when he was a child rap star with the name Lil’ Bow Wow. Once he dropped the “Lil’,” Bow Wow’s career never really recovered. He started a new career in acting, but his only real claim to fame was playing Twinkie in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006.
7. Foxy Brown. She was once Jay-Z’s protégé and a platinum record holder, but Foxy Brown couldn’t stay on the rights side of the law. She also almost lost her hearing completely and refused to wear hearing aids.
8. Ja Rule. Much like Bow Wow, Ja Rule was an alumni of the Fast and the Furious film franchise. While he appeared in the first movie, he has never returned to the very popular film series. Ja Rule never hit as high as he did in the early 2000s, as his career took a sharp decline.
9. Nelly. He won a Grammy Award and was the biggest name in hip-hop in the Midwest during the early 2000s, but his career went on a sharp decline over the years, as he was recently arrested for drugs. Nelly was eventually cleared of all charges.