Dodgy book-keeping, it appears, is pretty endemic in the upper echelons of hip-hop and R&B.
Lauryn Hill currently faces a jail sentence after pleading guilty to wilfully avoiding tax payments, and R Kelly and George Clinton have both had their outstanding bills come under scrutiny in recent months. AllHipHop report that the latest performer to fall foul of the law is slept-on Philadelphia MC Beanie Sigel, who has just been sentenced to two years in prison.
Sigel – real name Dwight Grant – admitted failing to file tax returns in April. The charges related to the years 1999-2006, when Sigel earned approximately $2.2m in taxable income but only paid $10,000 in taxes. According to the sentencing memorandum, Sigel’s tariff was particularly high due to his apparent non-cooperation during the case: “For all we know, Grant has earned a significant sum of money and simply squirreled it away out of the reach of the government…He would not even cooperate with the probation officer to permit a home visit, a most basic part of the pre-sentencing procedure.” Previous criminal convictions were also pointed to in the sentencing document. Sigel has also been ordered to pay $728,536 to the IRS
Sigel made a substantial impression with his 2000 debut The Truth, which featured heavyweight firepower like Jay-Z and Scarface. He went on to release three more albums of street-knock for Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella. After a period in the wilderness, he’d recently sidled back into view with the Broad Street Empire Vol. 1: Lost Files mixtape. He was also working on a new LP titled The Classic; unless he goes all Max B on us, we imagine it’ll be a while before the album sees the light of day.