British-born rapper Slick Rick was certainly able to have an impact before his 1991 conviction on attempted murder charges.
The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame inductee, who is regularly credited for popularizing narrative rapping, was two years removed from his all-time classic 'he Great Adventures of Slick Rick when he shot his cousin Mark Plummer in 1990.
He was able to release one more album, (1991's The Rulers Back), before his conviction. The album was nowhere near as successful as Great Adventures commercially or critically. Even so, the album is leaps and bounds above anything that Rick has released since his release in 1996.
The arrest has haunted Rick in other ways as well. In 2001, he was detained by INS and threatened with deportation after a cruise ship performance.
Rick, who never became an American citizen, was vulnerable under a law that allows deportation of non-citizens who serve more than five years in prison for felony charges.
Rick spent 17 months in prison and INS continued their deportation efforts until New York Governor David Paterson pardoned Rick in 2008.