Rap on Trial: How an Art Form Became a Courtroom Weapon

Published: 11/09/2019
Rap on Trial: How an Art Form Became a Courtroom Weapon
Source: THECRIMEREPORT.ORG

Since at least the early 1990s, rap music lyrics have been used in criminal court as evidence in cases of violence, usually involving young people of color. The authors of a new book discuss with TCR why this has become a distortion of a musical genre that emerged as a source of creative expression and upward mobility for many at-risk youth.

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