Why are Rappers’ Lyrics Getting Them Into Trouble?

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San Fernando, CA- We listen to artists rap about committing crimes and violent actions without any further background knowledge behind the lyrics. What happens when thelyrics become reality?

    Florida born rapper YNW Melly has just recently been arrested for allegedly having connections to the murder of a sheriff deputy and is also a suspect in the murder of two of his friends.  Many people are tying the murders to the lyrics in Melly’s song, “Murder on my Mind,” claiming that the song is Melly’s way of confessing to the crimes.

    Another artist who’s had his share of trouble for the verses he’s penned is Eminem. Since his 1999 breakout hit, “My Name Is,” Detroit rapper Eminem, Marshall Mathers, has been known for being openly expressive and explicit with his music. On his song, “We As Americans,” from his 2004 album, Encore, Eminem raps, “I don’t rap for dead presidents/ I’d rather see the president dead.” These lyrics prompted the secret service to investigate him due to possible threats towards President Bush. A similar situation occurred in 2017 when Mathers was once again accused of threatening President Trump in his BET cypher, “The Storm.” On the opening track,”The Ringer,” off his surprise 2018 album, Kamikaze, Eminem raps, “Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service to meet in person/ to see if I really think of hurtin’ him/

Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists.”

    Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested in late 2014 with a series of counts including murder, drug trafficking, and possession of weapons. According to, The Richest, Shmurda’s prosecutors are planning to use his own lyrics as evidence against him in the case. In one of his songs, Shmurda raps, “We gon’ pull up in that hooptie like we cops on ‘em / With M16s, we gon’ put some shots on him.” It’s quite evident how these lines can be used as evidence for Shmurda’s case.

 

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