They are the urban artists who went through prison

Have been arrested is becoming another characteristic seal of urban genre artists, who after being captured, take advance of this experience to create new music and tell their fans new “street” stories, one of the themes of which more is spoken in this type of music. Here we present you some of the most popular urban artists who have spent days, months and even years in jail.

Anuel AA
He is one of the most talked about at the moment, he was arrested on April 3, 2016 in Puerto Rico, along with three others, for possession of weapons. Leaving a nightclub in San Juan, the police confiscated to the artist and his companions three pistols, one of them stolen, and nine chargers with more than 150 ammunition. Anuel was sentenced to 30 months in prison for this crime, a sentence that was known on June 19, 2017.

Since the moment the arrest was announced, his fans initiated the movement #FreeAnuel, demanding his liberation, some have even threatened the police who arrested him. The trap singer still has a little more than a year in prison, after leaving there, must spend three years under supervised freedom and do about 300 hours of community work. 


Ñengo Flow
At dawn on March 26, 2017, Ñengo Flow was moving with her uncle and another young man in a van with dark glasses, so the police stopped them to inspect them, during this search one of the canine units marked the vehicle as "positive for banned substances," according to the police.

Ñengo had to spend almost two days in prison; because after the registration, police found an ounce of marijuana in his car so the judge of the case granted him freedom under bail, after paying $ 5,000.


This artist spent no less than 11 years in prison. On October 10, 2002 Tempo was taken to prison for drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons, and was suspected of murder, kidnapping and robbery. During the judgment, the only crime that was proven and and of which he pleaded guilty was drug trafficking, more precisely with heroin. Initially he was sentenced to 24 years in prison, however, time after was reduced to 11 years.

On October 9, 2013, Tempo complied his sentence and returned with his audience, who didn’t stop supporting him during this time. "In Puerto Rico we say that there is a price to pay and I paid for mine. My story is not a secret, everyone knows that I trafficked with heroin, that I was a drug dealer and the two roads I had were prison or death. I accepted my mistake, I paid my price and I'm here again”, he said after being freed.


Bryant Myers
At only 19, Bryant Myers is also part of our list. On February 12, 2016, he was traveling through Puerto Rico in a van with his manager and his choristers, the police stopped them for a traffic violation, however, when they inspected the vehicle, they found a firearm, 40 ammunition and $931.00 cash. At the time of the arrest, he and another of the occupants of the car were minors, however, this didn’t save him of spend a night in a juvenile prison.

Bryant Myers remained attached to the investigation for some time, until he was free from the charges for possession of weapons.

Bryant Myers

Alberto Stylee
In 2012, the Puerto Rican was involved in problems with Colombia's justice system. Apparently during a private show in Copacabana, a municipality near Medellin, Antioquia, the artist shot twice to one of the assistants. The attack was due to jealousy, according to the victim, who was in a coma for a month and two years later died of an infection due to the shots.

Alberto Stylee was captured in June of that same year by attempted murder and spent 4 months in jail, until he was acquitted by a judge. In March 2016, the acquittal of the reggaetonero charges was revoked by a court that sentenced him to 12 years in prison. However, the artist was in the United States and hasn’t yet appeared before the judges of Colombia.

In the coming months, the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice could issue a red circular to Interpol, reason why the artist would be extradited to complete his sentence.

Alberto Stylee

Many are the urban artists who have been behind bars, including Nicky Jam (carjacking), Don Omar (possession of drugs), Vico C (possession of drugs), Wisin (physical aggression), J Alvarez (theft) and the list goes on.

Fortunately, the passage of these artists through the cells has not prevented us to continue enjoying the best of their music.