Money and Race Help Too-Big-To-Fail Bank CEOs Escape Jail While Rap Artists Get Jailed

    Remy Ma goes to jail as bank CEOs go free
    Remy Ma goes to jail as bank CEOs go free

    The American justice system is clearly in trouble and here is a stark example of the gap between rich and poor, white and black,  European vs. U.S. street culture and how this strange mix all came to be co-exist.  This situation is an object lesson about the Two Americas which simultaneously exist in parallel universes.

    It all has to do with how the power associated with the too-big-to fail Wall Street banks clash with Main Street, especially when Main Street is largely black and comprised of the urban poor.

    Fat Joe
    Rap Artist Fat Joe

    Here is a comparison of the number of rap artists who have been sentenced to jail compared to bank CEOs who have escaped jail due to their activities leading up to the 2007 financial crisis. This list of incarcerated rap artists whose crimes probably did not affect millions of people has some parallels to the protests surrounding the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.


    This list is food for thought about the gaps between racial justice, money and power in the US.

    (This list below was compiled by Jack Kelly of ComplianceEx.)

    The following is a partial list of rap stars that have been in jail for some serious, and not so serious, offenses:

    Rappers Who Went To Jail
    Wall Street and Bank CEO’s  Who Went To Jail
    Wiz Khalifa  
    Remy Ma  
    Fat Joe  
    Beanie Sigel  
    Lil Wayne  
    Lil Kim  
    Foxy Brown  
    Gucci Mane  
    Chief Keef  
    Ja Rule  
    Lil Boosie  
    Max B  
    Chris Brown


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    Chuck Epstein has managed marketing communications and public relations departments for major global financial institutions and participated in the launch of industry-changing financial products. He also has written by-lined articles for over 50 publications, five books and served as editor and publisher of nation’s first newsletter on the topic of using the PC for personal investing and trading. (“Investing Online, 1994-1999). He also is a marketing consultant, writer and speaker on topics related to investor protection and opportunities in the very dynamic cannabis industry. He has held senior-level marketing, PR and communications positions at the New York Futures Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Lind-Waldock, Zacks Investment Research, Russell Investments and Principal Financial. He has won national awards from the Mutual Fund Education Alliance (MFEA) and his web site,, was named best small blog in 2009 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).


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