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Bar Shaquille O’Neal was a bar owner in Manhattan, New York, for 15 years.
In 2013, O’Neill was indicted on a charge of tax evasion, after the IRS accused him of using his bar as a “front for a criminal enterprise.”
O’Neil was eventually sentenced to six months in prison.
Bar Shaq will be back on the news once again in the coming weeks, after he was arrested for DUI while filming a documentary.
Bar, which means “bar” in the O’Neals native language, has become a popular destination for the country’s most famous hip-hop stars.
This past weekend, Bar Shaqs star, Biggie Smalls, appeared on a podcast with hip-hoppers like Wiz Khalifa and Lil Uzi Vert, discussing the bar’s status as a hip-Hop Mecca.
“I think the bar is going to be the one that’s going to come back,” said Biggie, who is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
“It’s just going to take time to figure out how to be a hip hop club again.”
Bar Shaqtas status as Hip-Hop’s Mecca is not without controversy.
In 2016, the Harlem-based rapper was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of a controlled substance, as well as drug possession charges in the case of a former bar employee.
He was released on bond in October, and the charges were dropped.
However, the indictment remains against Bar Shaqua.
In 2017, rapper Lil Wayne was also charged in a federal case with conspiring to distribute drugs, after authorities alleged he arranged to buy marijuana from Bar Shaque.
The case was eventually dropped after Wayne pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor possession charge and served a year in jail.
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