Rapper May Face Prison Due to Rap Lyrics
Does he rap about gang activity? Yes. Does he have a criminal record? No.
Regardless of his non-criminal background, prosecutors are attempting to throw rapper, Tinny Doo (birth name Brandon Duncan) in prison for his song lyrics.
The San Diego rapper is currently facing attempted murder charges along with 14 other gang affiliates connected to a series of shootings. Duncan, however, is shown to have nothing to do with the said gang activity.
Prosecutors are working toward enacting a state law that enables gang members to be prosecuted if they benefit from the crimes of other gang members. Meaning, the mere fact that Tiny may profit from selling record puts him at risk of a prison sentence.
In this case, the argument is that Duncan gained street cred off the volatile lyrics which could encourage others to follow suit and become a part of a gang.
Yeaaah…ok, think they’re stretching a bit?
Duncan’s lawyers said in a statement, “It’s shocking. He has no criminal record. Nothing in his lyrics say go out and commit a crime. Nothing in his lyrics reference these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy. There are huge constitutional issues.”
Let’s take it back to the numerous times, Detroit emcee Eminem, graphically rapped about raping, killing among a plethora of other acts to “Kim” and the female specie, altogether. It was never heard that he faced or there was even a question regarding prison or even jail time for his vivid lyricism.
I’m just saying. Not that I agree or disagree because rap is a form of artistry and free speech. People interpret and do with it what they will. It is, however, quite interesting to know that a man could possibly spend the rest of his life in prison for something that was said in a rap song.
If that’s the case, there would be so many artists behind bars for speaking about the grime they endured while on their come-up.
At this time, it is unsure if the rapper will go to trial.