Where Are They Now? 15 Rappers Who Fell Off the Map

Petey Pablo

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Some may remember him from his appearance on Drumline, but Pablo was actually a mildly successful artist at one point. His first single “Raise Up” gained popularity thanks to urban radio and MTV, leading to his debut album, Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry, being certified gold and nominated for a Grammy in 2003. His follow-up album Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry also went gold and received praise. Pablo’s lead single “Freek-a-Leek,” produced by Lil Jon was his biggest hit to date. He also gained mainstream notoriety for his feature on Ciara’s “Goodies” in 2004. The rapper later took a hiatus from music. Pablo dropped a mixtape entitled Carolina #1  in 2011 and announced work on a new album in 2012 while behind bars. He’s currently serving three years in prison for trying to carry a 9mm semi-automatic pistol unto a US Airways flight in 2010.

Yung Berg

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Yung Berg’s music career seems to have been a flash in the pan. His first two singles “S e x y Lady” and “S e x y Can I” featuring Ray J were radio hits. Both his EP and debut album Look What You Made Me peaked at number two on the Billboard rap charts, but Berg failed to capitalize on his success, and subsequently disappeared from the spotlight. Aside from features, he has dropped 16 mixtapes since the release of his album in 2008. As of 2013, he is executive producing Tamar Braxton’s third album.
  • donny j

    what about my boy camron?

    • dzel

      Cam still out if that was ya boy you’ll kno that

  • ChrisMundelz

    It’s a great list, but Lil Jon’s above the rest in my opinion. He was on The Apprentice. Def bigger musical impact. I also think Mase’s impact back in ’97 with that Harlem World was on a different level than the rest.

    • concerned citizen

      this “article” is pathetically written to sell perfume as it stops at # 8 and satrts selling products. what a low blow for our culture.

  • BC

    Well, it’s obvious where Mike Jones went to: he’s been living in tattoo parlors.

  • sean mcgraw

    riDICKulous list …what is wrong with our society that it has to tear everything down like this ?

  • young dro

    funny how many start with “lil” or “young”

  • Wow

    You know who else we haven’t heard form in awhile? Tupac.

  • Ruthless-Mad-Scientist

    & Where Is DOCTOR DRE ?

    • Dooby

      makin stupid money with beats and waiting another ten years for detox

  • Adam

    This feature should have been called 3 rappers who fell of the map, Eminem’s group and 11 guys you never heard of.

  • markmywords

    Who cares? 15 less rappers vastly improves the musical landscape.

  • SuperRyan4567 .

    time to get real jobs kneegr0wes!

    • Your’re A Hater

      Their job makes them millions of dollars. Your job is to browse the Internet and watch everything they do! Sincerely, a happy and rap loving Kneegrowe.

  • David Gray

    this is proof that there is a God!! Rap is crap, hip hop outa here!

    • Your’re A Hater

      If its so crap then why sir did you open this article and scroll through all 15 slides? Obviously the genre of music intrigues you or else you just like to spend your time reading “crap”. If that’s the case then I would like to request for someone to get YOU outta here! People bash rap yet somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still twerking. Sincerely, a happy and rap loving kneegrowe.

  • dirtynutz

    Ja- Rule went to jail also, do your research!

  • l3rokken4ngel

    Wow trying to read this article and I can’t even move one page without getting 5 pop ups including a whole seperate page of bs. Really? Lay off the the smothering adds. I know you need the finacial support but there are other ways than throwing it all in my face to where I can’t even read what you wrote.

    • Tharsan Jeyachandran

      get ad block

  • P Terrance Nels

    Funny that this blog is by a black guy and the first place he assumes why they fell off the map is “Are they in jail?”. Black on black prejudice…..lol.

    • Your’re A Hater

      ^ written poorly. An assumption isn’t a place. You need to go to writing jail!

  • HipHopSays

    lil flip fell of because he lost credibility in his ‘king of the south’ beef with TI, chingy sadly was the focus of a vicious rumor that turned out not to be true (he slept with a transexual) which cooled off any heat he had….it seems from the ‘list’ if you are a rapper (versus a hip hop artist) from a non-coastal location (ie: east/west coast) and you jump the shark by naming yourself ‘lil’ or ‘young’ then that one album that drops may be as good as it gets.

  • kokofabulous

    Still waiting on “The Detox”

  • youngpro

    no Biggie?

  • sweet-thing

    Wanna hear about artists I’ve heard of..most on this list was like “who”..wat about
    run dmc, bun b or big caz, Mob depp (sumthin like that) & watevr happened to pebbles to name just a few…
    If your gonna lure folks in with a good byline, at least make the story interesting & Please get the pop up ads down to a few. The home depot is really starting to piss me off

  • Ricky Hoppes

    J Kwon was sick I wish he was still doin it, fuckin hood hop rocked.

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