7 Songs Written by Artists in the Slammer

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Songs about jail are all over popular music, from Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan to Jay Z. Songs written while the artist was actually in the slammer are much rarer.

Unfortunately, bad decisions and musicians go together like millennials and avocados. So it’s no wonder these musicians and songwriters spent the occasional night (or year) behind bars. Thankfully, that didn’t slow down their musical output.

Some artists refused to let a little time served stifle their creativity. Here are seven songs written during incarceration.

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