On Wednesday, a law to limit prosecutors from prosecuting artists for their lyrics was introduced into parliament. According to Billboard, the ‘Restored Art Protection Act’, also known as the RAP Act, would restrict the use of artistic or creative evidence against the person who created it.
The measure is the first of its kind at the federal level and mimics recent efforts in California and New York to protect artists and their crafts. The law was introduced but recently made headlines again following the arrests of Atlanta rappers #Gunna and #YoungThug. In both cases, prosecutors cited their lyrics as evidence of the alleged crime.
Music industry experts have been lobbying for such a law for years. Of course, with such a divided congress, it’s unclear whether the new federal bill has any real chance of passing. Artists celebrated today’s announcement such as #MeekMill, who cited his music in a previous compliance with the law.
300 Elektra Entertainment President and CEO Kevin Liles appealed to prosecutors during Young Thug’s bond hearing last month for trying to use the rapper’s lyrics to prosecute him, saying that, “This targeted practice of racism punishes marginalized communities and their stories of family, struggle, survival, and victory. Authorities. are criminalizing black creativity and art, and this bill will help put an end to that. We must protect Black art.”
NBA Referee Rules YoungBoy’s lyrics can’t be used against him
Most recently, a judge stopped prosecutors from using NBA YoungBoy lyrics against him in a federal gun case.
NBA YoungBoy’s gun possession trial began Tuesday (July 12). In a court ruling today, Judge R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California quashed the prosecution’s attempt to use the lyrics of Baton Rouge, La. XXL confirmed the ruling.
He was later found not guilty on all charges.
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