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Read this: As T.I. returns to prison, what does hard time mean for rap stars these days?

T.I. and his bride Tiny, in happier times. (Kevork Djansezian/AP)

Hard time: It's no longer a good time for rappers. Used to be incarceration could boost a man's hip-hop career -- we think the kids call it "street cred" -- but these days, going inside costs you big, writes Chris Richards. You can't tour or promote your new CD, your endorsement deals with Remy Martin and Axe Body Spray dry up. That's the plight right now for Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Lil Boosie -- and now, of course, T.I., who just went back to federal prison this week.

By The Reliable Source  | November 3, 2010; 3:22 PM ET
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