Top Ten musical jailbirds: In honor of Lil Wayne and T.I. and their respective prison stints

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Earlier this morning, Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.

Fellow Southern rapper T.I., meanwhile, went back to jail on Monday after a federal judge in Atlanta revoked his probation following an arrest in Los Angeles last month for possession of Ecstasy and marijuana (his original case also involves weapons charges).

To commemorate Weezy F Baby's release from the big house and T.I.'s return, we've compiled a list of Top Ten musical jailbirds. Click through to see who made the cut.

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10. Phil Spector
Convicted in 2009 for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, the legendary record producer and "Wall of Sound" pioneer-turned-homicidal-maniac is currently serving nineteen-years-to-life at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison (not to be confused with the nearby Corcoran State Prison, which is home to such luminaries as former Beach Boys groupie and murder-cult leader Charles Manson).

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9. 2Pac
While incarcerated at Upstate New York's Clinton Correctional Facility, Tupac Shakur released Me Against the World in 1995. The multi-platinum album reached number one on the Billboard 200, making Tupac the only artist to top the charts while behind bars.

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8. David Alan Coe
The outlaw country legend spent much of his life in and out of reform schools, jails and prisons. What's unclear is his claim that he once served time on death row in Ohio, where he supposedly killed another inmate for demanding that Coe perform oral sex. File this one under the category of bizarre rumor.

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7. Shyne
Released in 2009, East Coast rapper Shyne spent most of the last decade at the Clinton Correctional Facility for his involvement in a 1999 shooting at a Manhattan nightclub. His co-defendant Sean Combs (aka Diddy) was acquitted.

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6. Tommy Lee
After pleading no contest to kicking his former wife and viral sex tape co-star Pamela Anderson, Lee served four months in jail, where the Mötley Crüe drummer says he wrote most of the songs for the mediocre self-titled 1999 debut album from his rap-metal project Methods of Mayhem.


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