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Rap on Trial

Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America

Erik Nielson

A groundbreaking exposé about the alarming use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence to convict and incarcerate young men of colorShould Johnny Cash have been charged with murder after he sang, “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die”? Few would seriously subscribe to this notion of justice. Yet in 2001, a rapper named Mac whose music had gained n...
Publish Date
November 12
Goodreads rating
Jan 09, 2021
I would love for @theangiestanton to sit in on my class @phi_444 this spring. She would learn that lyrics have been used to lock up rappers. You should read the book “Rap On Trial” - one of the co-authors teaches at UGA. So yeah. Twitter ban ain’t the same as jail.      source