January 2, 2013


If You Are a British Prisoner, You Probably Love Tupac

Ron Galella
Ron Galella

It's no surprise that for most of his career—both before and after his death—Tupac's tales of crime, urban struggle and redemption have been catnip for many prisoners identifying with his life. But in a new survey, one charity can actually quantify this.

The Prison Radio Association, an UK-based educational charity, run the National Prison Radio (the other NPR), and just released their list of the most popular musicians among British prisoners. Pac topped the list, with dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, British rapper K Koke, Rihanna and Drake rounding out the top five, the latter proving that even British prisoners have their vulnerable, sensitive side. The list spans from the predictable (Slipknot, Lil Wayne) to the bizarre (UB40?) to artists you've never heard of unless you hang out on UK rapper boards (Devlin, Giggs), which you probably don't.

But yeah, keep the below list as reminder: 17 years after his death, 'Pac still owns the thug life.

Most Popular Artists Among Prisoners

1. Tupac
2. Vybz Kartel
3. K Koke
4. Rihanna
5. Drake
6. Akon
7. Metallica
8. Pink Floyd
9. Biggie Smalls
10. Gyptian
11. Jah Cure
12. Slipknot
13. UB40
14. Bob Marley
15. Lil Wayne
16. Eminem
17. Evanescence
18. Mavado
19. Devlin
20. Giggs