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JAY Z and friends want lawmakers to pass “Rap Music on Trial” bill

Big Sean, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, Meek Mill, Robin Thicke, Yo Gotti, and more teamed up with Mr Carter for something “important to [him].”

Photo: Raven B Varona

If you haven’t heard, JAY Z has been on a rampage, speaking up for people who do not have his influence, power, or wealth. In the billionaire mogul’s latest attempt, he has called on New York City lawmakers “to stop using rapper’s lyrics against them in court as criminal evidence”, iHeartRadio reports.

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. 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, read a statement from one of his attornies, Alex Spiro, to Rolling Stone.

Here is a quote from the well-written co-written letter by Alex Spiro and University of Richmond Professor Erik Nelson:

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.


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