Jay-Z, Meek, Fat Joe and Others Push to Block Song Lyrics from Court Cases


Some artists are banning together to push for a law that will prohibit prosecutors from using rap lyrics in court cases. According to Rolling Stone, Jay-Z is teaming up with other celebrities like Meek Mill, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Fat Joe and more pushing state lawmakers in New York, to make the proposed "Rap on Trial" bill a state law, this way, prosecutors can't rely on rap lyrics as blueprints to someone's crime. Jay's lawyer Alex Spiro and University of Richmond Professor Erik Nielson, wrote a letter that was signed by the artists that read, “Rather than acknowledge rap music as a form of artistic expression, police and prosecutors argue that the lyrics should be interpreted literally – in the words of one prosecutor, as ‘autobiographical journals’ – even though the genre is rooted in a long tradition of storytelling that privileges figurative language, is steeped in hyperbole, and employs all of the same poetic devices we find in more traditional works of poetry.” With the creativity of their music, the artists feel they shouldn't have to break down fictional lyrics to prove one's case. We will see how this push goes.

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