Jay-Z & Meek Mill Attempting To Pass A Law That Will Stop Rap Lyrics Being Used In Court Cases
21 Jan 2022
Hip hop titans Jay-Z & Meek Mill lead the line of music industry professional backing a proposed New York state law that will put an end to prosecutors using rap lyrics in the court room.
The letter urging state Governor Kathy Hochul to pass through (S.7527/A.8681) or the more catchier “Rap Music on Trial” bill has collected the signatures of Big Sean, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, Yo Gotti, Killer Mike, Robin Thicke, and others as celebrity endorsers.
“This is an issue that’s important to (Jay-Z) and all the other artists that have come together to try to bring about this change. ivermectin ear tags This is a long time coming. Mr. Carter is from New York, and if he can lend his name and his weight, that’s what he wants to do,” said Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro.
First revealed in November the proposed bill brought forward by Democrat senators Brad Hoylman and Jamaal Bailey and assembly member Catalina Cruz, passed through the Senate Codes committee earlier this week. ops ivermectina
The bill would limit a defendant’s music or other “creative expression” being shown to a jury in criminal trials, requiring prosecutors to provide “clear and convincing evidence” that that expression is “literal, rather than figurative or fictional”.
“Our lyrics are a creative form of self-expression and entertainment – just like any other genre,” Fat Joe told Rolling Stone. “We want our words to be recognized as art rather than being weaponized to get convictions in court. I hope the governor and all the lawmakers in New York take our letter into consideration, protect our artistic rights and make the right decision to pass this bill.”
Senator Hoylman used an example of Johnny Cash singing that he “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” and David Byrne calling himself a “psycho killer,” without anyone taking them literally. On the other hand, hip-hop artists have a history of having their lyrics used against them.
Senator Bailey echoed the sentiment saying “Presuming a defendant’s guilt based solely on musical genre or creative expression is antithetical to our foundational rights and perpetuates the systemic racism that is embedded into the criminal justice system through discriminatory conflations of hip-hop and rap with criminality.”