#1. Mister Cee Arrested For Public Lewdness
Date: March 30
Legendary DJ and producer Mister Cee found himself in some hot water this year when he was arrested in New York City for lewd conduct. Allegedly, he was engaging in a sexual act with a man who is a self-proclaimed "drag queen" when the arrest was made. He eventually pleaded guilty to the charges. And despite the stereotype of hip-hop being hyper-homophobic, rappers like 50 Cent and Prodigy came out and said they still supported Mister Cee. Ultimately, the entire incident—coupled with Lil B naming his album, I'm Gay, and national news stories like New York state legalizing gay marriage—reflected society's changing views on homosexuality and how hip-hop has had to deal with them.