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RAP MUSIC ON TRIAL: Bill Passes New York Senate


United States Supreme Court at Twilight

The legislation would limit which lyrics can be used as evidence in court.Photo: The Image Bank RF

TeeRoy's 2 Cents:

We've seen the ways shady prosecutors and lawyers try to twist the words of artists.

At the end of the day, some songs are basically just recorded confessions with a beat.

There's an important takeaway here for artists -- be careful what you say and where you say it. Anything you say, do or rap can and will be used against you in court.

It's not time to celebrate just yet, but if it passes, this could be a game changer in some trials.

Pitchfork reports that Senate Bill S7527 which is called “Rap Music on Trial” has passed in the New York Senate. The legislation still allows lyrics to be used as evidence, but only if they can be proven to be “literal, rather than figurative or fictional.” There’s still an additional hurdle before the bill can become a law — it will need to pass a vote by the state assembly.

The bill was supported by Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Killer Mike, Fat Joe, and more and championed by Hov’s legal pitbull, Alex Spiro.


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