The State of Hip Hop: That Gun Ain’t Smoking (rap lyrics as criminal evidence)

  • The following post tells of some of the nearly 40 cases in the past two years in which prosecutors have tried to pin a murder on a Black male for lyrics police officers find “objectionable”:


The Angriest Black Man in America



The Story

According to Lorne manly of the New York Times, other have been more than three dozen prosecutions in United States courts that have admitted or made reference to rap lyrics in order to secure a conviction. Most, if not all of these cases tend to have some asinine accusations resulting from the use of violent rap lyrics. The conversation surrounding the use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence is whether or not the lyrics reflect the reality of the rapper or whether rap music is an artistic expression in which the creators, like literary authors,  are not to be assumed as directly related to any of the stories that they tell.

Rashee Beasley Rashee Beasley

Jamal Knox Jamal Knox

Jamal Knox and Rashee Beasley

Last month in Pittsburg, two amateur rappers were arrested on charges of threatening police, intimidating witnesses, and terrorist threats for a rap video that they released…wait for…

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