August 30th, 2012 by faye
Rapper Beanie Sigel has been arrested early Wednesday in Philadelphia due to drugs and gun possession during a traffic stop — just two weeks before he’s scheduled to report to jail for failing to file his taxes.
According to reports, 38-year-old Beanie Sigel — who is popular for his work with Snoop Dogg and Jay Z — was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over on Interstate 95 in Tinicum Township, just south of the rapper’s hometown of Philadelphia. Police reports said that they found a gun in the center console of the car. Sigel and the driver, Gerald Andrews, are both felons prohibited from carrying such weapons. Aside from guns, police also found the two men in possession of several prescription bottles, numerous pills wrapped in plastic bags in a cigarette pack, and marijuana.
Meanwhile, Beanie Sigel was allegedly carrying a bottle of codeine syrup with the label scratched off, together with $4,650 in cash.
The two men were subsequently arrested and court records indicate that Sigel and Andrews both face charges for drugs and gun possession. They were unable to post bail.
The lawyer of Beanie Sigel refused to give a comment on the matter immediately, saying that he has not reviewed the case yet. It was not clear if Andrews had an attorney.
As it was reported previously, Beanie Sigel was sentenced to spend two years in prison for failing to file his tax returns for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 — stiffing the IRS out of more than $700,000 in back taxes. The rapper was originally scheduled to begin his two-year prison sentence on September 12.
Chris Schwartz, the CEO of Beanie’s record label Ruffhouse records, said in a statement, “Obviously we are very disappointed … Beanie has been struggling with some personal issues, and we continue to support him now and throughout his impending incarceration.”
But Schwartz added that the rapper has displayed “the utmost professionalism in all of the initiatives related to the promotion of his new release.”
The latest album of Beanie Sigel called, “This Time,” was released on Tuesday by Ruffhouse Records.
Sigel — whose real name is Dwight Grant — is a former member and artist of Dame Dash Music Group and Roc-A-Fella Records where he had formed a close association with rappers Freeway, Jay-Z and other former and current artists on the Roc-A-Fella roster. His stage name comes from a street in South Philadelphia, the rapper’s former stomping grounds where he worked together with Senior Durham in the projects. He has sold more than two million albums worldwide. During a controversial period, Beanie Sigel recorded a song, slamming his former boss and mentor Jay-Z on the track “I Go Off” with 50 Cent who had signed the rapper to his G-Unit Records label in 2009. In early 2011, Sigel appeared in Travis Barker’s album “Give the Drummer Some,” saying that it was the end of his career. In May 31, 2011, Beanie Sigel apologized to his former boss Jay-Z. But during an interview with DJ Green Lantern, he said that he had never “apologized” to Jay-Z, and that he was still making music.
July 13th, 2012 by faye
Rapper Beanie Sigel has been sentenced with two years of prison time for not paying the Internal Revenue Service out of more than $700,000 in back taxes.
According to reports, 38-year-old Sigel — who has worked with some of the prominent names in the rap industry, including Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z — had previously pleaded guilty to not filing federal tax returns for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005.
During the sentencing hearing of Beanie Sigel in U.S District Court of Philadelphia, the rapper told the judge that he accepts “total responsibility” for his back taxes but also complained about his family members who allegedly spent him dry while he was serving time for his gun and drug crimes back in 2004 and 2005.
“I haven’t been able to get my career back on track since,” Beanie Sigel told the court about his case back taxes.
The rapper is given time until September 12 to surrender to authorities and begin his two-year sentence.