Rap on Trial
Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America
Explore the shocking use of rap lyrics as criminal evidence to convict and incarcerate young men of color in Rap on Trial. Discover how prosecutors use the crime-laden lyrics of amateur rappers as confessions to crimes, threats of violence, or revelations of criminal motive with alarming success. Through this gripping exploration, discover what's at stake for aspiring artists in a system that treats their creative expression as a confession of guilt. Rap on Trial is a timely expose at the crossroads of contemporary hip-hop and mass incarceration.
2021-01-09T17:35:53.000ZI 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