They Fought the Law

It's been a cruel summer for Lil' Flip. New album I Need Mine is, on the real, a stiff. Worse, he turned himself in and appeared in court last month after being charged with credit-card fraud, having allegedly used stolen plastic to buy a $671 Southwest Airlines ticket from Houston to Baltimore. Flip and his management claim he's the victim of a scam, further illustrating every successful artist's need for a decent travel agent in his or her entourage.

Normally, rappers' credibility only grows when they encounter Johnny Law, but credit-card fraud over a plane ticket is pretty small potatoes. In fact, like Method Man's weed-related DUI after being pulled over for an expired inspection sticker, it's downright embarrassing. So maybe Flip, and you, can learn something from what we'll call the Rap Sheet Hall of Fame.

Gettin' Rowdy

Match the rapper with the incident that led to his/her arrest for assault or disorderly conduct:

1. Remy Ma

2. Foxy Brown

3. Notorious B.I.G.

4. Jay-Z

5. Young Buck

6. Kid Rock

7. Pimp C

8. The Game

a. Pled guilty and received three years' probation for misdemeanor assault in December 1999 nightclub stabbing of record-label executive Lance "Un" Rivera, reportedly over bootleg CDs.

b. In an August 2004 altercation at a New York nail parlor, claimed she was charged for a manicure she didn't receive. Employees said she tried to leave without paying for the pedicure she did get and blocked the door. Fisticuffs ensued.

c. Allegedly stabbed a man during chair-tossing melee at the VIBE Awards in November 2004. Told authorities he was retaliating for attack on Dr. Dre, who was punched in the face minutes before receiving VIBE's Lifetime Achievement Award.

d. Slapped with disorderly-conduct and resisting-arrest charges after police claimed he refused to remove a Halloween mask and stop swearing at customers at a North Carolina mall. Almost two years later, reportedly punched and brandished a gun at a basketball opponent during an argument at a playground pickup game.

e. Pled no contest to aggravated assault after allegedly waving a gun around during an argument with a woman in the middle of a mall. Said to be wearing full-length fur coat at the time.

f. Arrested and charged with assault after allegedly chasing two autograph-seekers with a baseball bat and smashing the window of their cab in 1995.

g. Pled no contest to criminal assault after allegedly punching a DJ at a Nashville strip club in February 2005. Why? "I guess, the selection of music," a Nashville PD sergeant said.

h. Pled not guilty last month to attempted murder, assault and weapon possession in shooting outside club in Manhattan's meatpacking district. Victim says rapper, her close friend for a decade, accused her of stealing $3,000.

Answers: 1-h, 2-b, 3-f, 4-a, 5-c, 6-g, 7-e, 8-d

Road Dog

Place "Party Up" pit-bull enthusiast DMX's transportation-related arrests in chronological order:

1. Charged with driving with a suspended license after his car allegedly hits another car on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, leading to a multi-car accident also involving a police cruiser.

2. Racks up several charges including speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation after being caught driving 104 mph in a 65-mph zone in North Castle, New York.

3. Arrested after a bizarre parking-lot incident at New York's JFK Airport. According to authorities, DMX used a fake siren to pull over another vehicle, identified himself as an FBI agent and attempted to drag the driver out of the car. He put up a fight, and X drove to the tollbooth gate and demanded to be let out. The attendant refused, and DMX drove through the gate, at which point he and another man were arrested. They were charged with attempted robbery, criminal mischief and criminal impersonation.

4. Detained after reportedly refusing to put on his seatbelt and verbally berating flight attendants on a flight from New York to London. British authorities let him off with a warning.

5. Arrested after police in Harrison, New York reportedly witness X make an unsafe lane change. Also charged with possession of a forged instrument after allegedly presenting officers with false identification.

Answers: 5 (Dec. 2002), 3 (June 2004), 2 (Dec. 2004), 1 (April 2005), 4 (May 2006)

Objizzle, Your Hizzle

Match the following quotes from Snoop Dogg's attorneys with the incident that prompted them:

1. "Snoop recognizes he got a great plea deal from prosecutors. He's going to make sure nothing interferes with keeping his part of the bargain. He's relieved and glad this case is behind him."

2. "This case is bogus. The DA knows that and we're confident a jury will come to that conclusion."

3. "We are very disappointed and hope that the minister will reconsider his decision. Snoop loves Australia and Australia loves Snoop. He truly hopes to have the opportunity to perform for his fans."

4. "Snoop will now continue his onward travel to South Africa to complete his concert commitments. He has not been charged with any offense."

5. "Sometimes Snoop Dogg's buses have been stopped just because it's Snoop Dogg's bus. We're not sure that happened here, but if it did, that's an issue we'd have to fight out."

a. Snoop charged with felony possession of a deadly weapon for allegedly carrying a 20-inch collapsible baton through a security checkpoint at John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, California. He maintains it's a prop in his latest video. (Nov. 2006)

b. Snoop pleads no contest in a Pasadena, California, court to gun possession and sale or transportation of marijuana. (April 2007)

c. Snoop pleads not guilty for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia after his tour bus is pulled over in Amherst, Ohio. He's on the "Puff, Puff, Pass" tour at the time. (Oct. 2001)

d. The Australian government, citing Snoop's previous criminal history, refuses to grant him an entry visa to host the MTV Australia Video Music Awards. (April 2007)

e. Snoop and five members of his entourage are arrested when a fight reportedly breaks out after they're denied entry to British Airways' first-class lounge. (April 2006)

Answers: 1-b, 2-a, 3-d, 4-e, 5-c

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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