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A new bill in New York state will prevent song lyrics from being used as evidence against rappers in court.

The New York State Senate passed the "Rap Music On Trial" bill which prevents song lyrics from being used to convict rappers in criminal cases.

The bill was supported by rappers such as Jay Z and Fat Joe who signed their names on a letter endorsing the legislation.

The bill prevents prosecutors from using violent and misogynistic lyrics to convict rappers and other defendants.

Supporters of the bill argued that rap music was referred to as an "autobiographical journal" by one prosecutor.

Supporters also said the usage of rap lyrics disproportionately affected Black and Latino people.

"Rap should not be treated differently from any other art form," said Senator Jamaal Bailey (D-The Bronx). "Yet in courtrooms across the country, artists have been unfairly targeted for simply exercising their right to creative expression."

Bailey argued that prosecutors should not presume a defendant's guilt based on the stories he tells through violent rap lyrics.

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Rapper Young Thug sits in a Georgia jail cell, following his arrest for RICO violations and criminal gang activity in Atlanta. The Fulton County prosecutor used his rap lyrics against him in a 56-count indictment.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis used rapper Young Thug's lyrics against him in a 56-count indictment.

In the 88-page indictment, Willis cited nine of the rapper's songs as evidence against him.

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The lyrics include "I never killed anybody but I got something to do with that body," and "I killed his man in front of his momma."

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, allegedly rented a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz, which was used in the 2015 murder of Donovan Thomas Jr., the leader of a rival gang.

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Rapper YFN Lucci, one of the people charged with killing Thomas, is a member of Thug's YSL record label/street gang. Lucci (pictured) is currently in Fulton County Jail awaiting trial.

Police allege Young Thug ordered two YSL members to kill Lucci in jail.

TMZ reports Lucci claimed someone stabbed him in jail earlier this year. He wants to be released on bond while he awaits trial. However, a judge denied his request. Lucci has been locked up since 2021.

Thug's attorney maintains his client is a talented rapper whose music is his art. He said YSL is not a street gang.

Thug is being held without bond.
 

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Newcomer Tai'Aysha dropped the visual to her new single "One Night Ting" featuring rapper Saweetie.

The single is about a one night stand, but Tai'Aysha is quick to say she's never had a one night stand in real life.

The 23-year-old Rihanna look-a-like tells PEOPLE exclusively that the song is "about cutting loose, letting go, and throwing yourself into the night."

But Tai'Aysha has managed to avoid the dreaded one night stand herself.

"I've tried, but they come to my house the next day or send me flowers," she said.

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Tai'Aysha, a former Instagram model, posed in Playboy magazine in 2017 before signing a deal with Atlantic Records.

Saweetie, 28 — who raps a verse on the track — had a ball with Tai'Aysha in the studio.

"[We] had hella fun making this record, and we really tried to capture that feeling in the video," she said. "Tai'Aysha's fly, so it was only right we link up on a song."

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In her verse, Saweetie checks gang bangers who have multiple [dead] "bodies" but they come up short where it counts.

I'm his pretty problem
Gimme dis 'n gimme dat
Yeah, you got 24 hours
to impress the puddy cat
I can make the kitty purr
I can make the pu$$y pounce
But if you're shorter than 8 inches
Then your bodies do not count

 

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Jay Z is using his substantial influence to reform the criminal justice system for rappers who go on trial in New York.

The 51-year-old rap mogul has joined forces with other rap activists to end the unfair practice of using harmful lyrics against rappers in court.

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Rappers typically glorify murder, violence, drug dealing, prostitution and burglary in their rap lyrics. But most of them don't live that life when they leave the recording studios.

According to Rolling Stone, Jay Z, government name Shawn Carter, has teamed up with Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland, and Yo Gotti to urge lawmakers to sign and support the "Rap Music on Trial" bill.

The rappers argue that rather than acknowledge rap music as a form of artistic expression, police and prosecutors interpret rap lyrics literally. They say the tactic gives prosecutors "a dangerous advantage in the courtroom."

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"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," Alex Spiro, Jay-Z's lawyer, told Rolling Stone. "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."

Rolling Stone reports the bill passed through the New York Senate Codes Committee on Tuesday. The bill is headed to a full vote on the Senate floor.

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Meek Mill tucked his tail between his legs and apologized to Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, for disrespecting them both.

He offered his sincere apology in private on Tuesday morning, after furious Kobe fans dragged him all over social media for telling the grieving widow, "I'm going back savage in this s**t ... f#%k ya feelings!"

"I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public," Meek tweeted Tuesday. "Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman!"

The 33-year-old rapper begged fans to move on: "If you care about someone grieving change the subject!"

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Vanessa lashed out at Meek on Monday after he dropped Kobe's name in "extremely insensitive" lyrics in a leaked track, titled "Don't Worry (RIP Kobe)."

The lyrics pertained to the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 7 others in January 2020.

In the song, Meek says:

"This b**ch I'm f**king' always tell me that she love me. But she ain't ever showed me. Yeah, and if I ever lack, I'm goin' out with my chopper It be another Kobe."

A "chopper" is street slang for a fully automatic AK-47.

Vanessa, 38, called Meek out on social media and urged the 33-year-old rapper to "do better".

She wrote on her Instagram Story:

"Dear @meekmill, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period. I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this.

"If you are a fan, fine, there's a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact."

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant slammed washed up rapper Meek Mill for his "extremely insensitive" lyrics about the late NBA legend.

The rapper's leaked track "Don't Worry (RIP Kobe)" sparked heavy backlash on social media because of its lyrics pertaining to the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and 7 others in January 2020.

In the song, Mill says:

"This b**ch I'm f**king' always tell me that she love me. But she ain't ever showed me. Yeah, and if I ever lack, I'm goin' out with my chopper It be another Kobe."

"Chopper" is street slang for a fully automatic AK-47.

Vanessa, 38, slammed the "extremely insensitive" lyrics and urged the 33-year-old rapper to "do better".

She wrote on her Instagram Story:

"Dear @meekmill, I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period. I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this.

"If you are a fan, fine, there's a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact."

Meek already hit back at critics, when he tweeted: "Somebody promo a narrative and y'all follow it.... y'all internet antics cannot stop me ....s**t like zombie land or something! Lol. [sic]"

He doubled down with another defiant tweet that appeared to diss Vanessa's response on Instagram.

Meek tweeted: "I'm going back savage in this s**t ... f#%k ya feelings!"

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Fabolous shared a rare clap back from Beyonce Knowles-Carter who confronted him about a lyric in his track "For the Money," in which he insulted her sister, Solange Knowles.

The 42-year-old rapper, real name John Jackson, compared the 2 siblings in his 2010 tune, rapping: "Because if you could have Beyonce, would you take Solange?"

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Beyonce, 39, is known for ignoring bloggers and social media users who insult her on a regular basis, but she draws the line at anyone targeting her mentally-addled sister.

During an interview on The Breakfast Club radio show on Thursday, Fabolous admitted Beyonce confronted him when he met her shortly after the song's release.

"The first person I saw was Bey, and Beyonce was like, 'Yo, let me holler at you.' She was just telling me that they rock with me," he smiled.

Insisting Bey was gracious and polite, Fabolous explained his punchline rap style is not that deep:

"Punch line-y style is just to say something to be catchy and metaphoric, but I didn't see the deeper side of it. And Beyonce, I ain't gonna share the exact conversation, but she told me, '(These are) people. Saying something like that can personally hurt her.' And I said, 'You know what? I get it.' I said, 'Yo, when I see Solange, I'll apologize to her.'"

A few months later, Fabolous had the opportunity to apologize to Solange when he saw her at the SoHo House in New York.

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But Solange is not her sister. The 33-year-old singer wears her raw emotions on her sleeve. Needless to say, she was less than receptive of his apology.

"I seen her, so I was like, let me beeline to Solange and apologize," he told the Breakfast Club. He said Solange's body stiffened when she saw him approaching.

"And Solange, she was stiff. I'm like, 'Hey! What's up?' And I was like, 'Yo, I just want you to know I didn't mean it in any malice, but I do take responsibility for saying that and I apologize.'"
 

Tyga mom raps

Rapper Tyga's mom recited the lyrics to her son's song "Rack City" during a segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live's show called "Words from Your Mother." The segment attempts to homogenize rappers by utilizing their moms to soften the blow of their sometimes violent and misogynistic lyrics. Watch the video after the break.

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