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Saturday, December 2, 2023

VIDEO: Fat Joe is a family man not a gangster as he lied in 95% of his music

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Fat Joe is a family man not a gangster as he lied in 95% of his music.

The rapper joined Gayle King on CNN in a discussion of Young Thug’s trial, who was charged with several felonies alongside Gunna including two gang-related charges in 2022. Both men have denied their charges, with Young Thug having his bail denied three times. Gunna was released from prison in December 2022 after entering a negotiated plea; Young Thug’s case is still ongoing. 

Fat Joes isn't the only rapper who's been vocal about his displeasure over rap lyrics being used in court. Last year, artists, industry leaders, and legal experts have joined together to publish an open letter in the New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to “Protect Black Art." The call urged legislators across America to limit how creative expression can be used against defendants on trial. 50 Cent, Ice-T, DJ Drama, D-Nice, Busta Rhymes, T.I., Killer Mike, Jeezy, Jadakiss, Jay Electronica, Meek Mill, and more signed the letter. Additionally, companies supported the call including Warner Music Group, Sony Music Group, Universal Music Group, BMG, Kobalt, and Atlanta-based LVRN and Quality Control, AEG Presents, Audiomack, Deezer, Live Nation Entertainment, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, Spotify, TIDAL, TikTok, and YouTube Music, among a host of others.

The letter to "Protect Black Art" came after Gavin Newsome signed The Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act, which restricts the use of rap lyrics as evidence in court in California. Killer Mike, Meek Mill, Too $hort, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga joined the signing ceremony celebrating the moment. The Black Music Action Coalition called the bill a “crucial step in the right direction."

In November this year, it was ruled that Young Thug’s lyrics could be used in his trial subject to certain conditions. The ruling was criticised by Young Thug’s lawyer as “targeting the right to free speech”. The use of rap lyrics in criminal cases has also been criticised by Songwriters of North America’s Dina LaPolt as “a convenient way to inject racial bias and confusion into the criminal justice process.”

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