When Lyrics Are Used Against Rappers in Court

Rappers Tekashi 6ix9ine, Snoop Dogg, and Boosie all referenced crimes in their lyrics — then lawyers used it against them in court. Should this be allowed?

Some high-profile legal cases have seen rappers have their lyrics used against them

Snoop Dogg was charged with first degree murder after the 1993 of a rival gang member by his bodyguard. During the trial in 1996, prosecutors referred to his song “Murder Was the Case,” which depicts the rapper being convicted of homicide. Snoop was eventually cleared of all charges, as seen from an MTV News interview taken from 1996.

In 2017, 16-year-old Texas rapper Tay-K was under house arrest and facing capital murder charges following his alleged involvement in a home invasion robbery that left 1 person dead. He cut his ankle monitor and went on the run for 3 months — during which time he released “The Race,” which bragged about his time on the run. The track was read as evidence of his fugitive lifestyle in court, and Tay-K was sentenced to 55 years for the 2016 robbery.

In 2012, Baton Rouge rapper Boosie was put on trial for allegedly paying a teen hitman to commit a murder. The evidence? Lyrics to Boosie’s songs “187” and “Bodybag,” which were recorded on the same day as the killing. Boosie was later found innocent, and legal experts were critical of the use of his lyrics tin court.

In 2019, Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine took the stand as a key witness in a trial to testify against members of his alleged gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. During the trial, his music videos and lyrics in the songs “Gummo” and “Kooda” were used to identify key gang members and gang locations used by Nine Trey. For testifying against his former affiliates, Tekashi will avoid 47 years in prison on charges of racketeering drug distribution weapon possession murder conspiracy.

It seems like such a cruel irony that a rapper’s imagination, which offers so many listeners a metaphorical and literal escape, is the same thing that, in the end, could become the miscomprehended evidence that snatches back that freedom.


10/21/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 10/22/2019 3:29 PM
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  • Faasolo V.
    2 days

    And snitching haha

  • Jay B.
    3 days

    How you not include Bobby Shmurda?

  • Rickey H.
    3 days

    Say foolio stop snitchn maybe. Ur partnership. Might get u

  • Andrew B.
    3 days

    All fake

  • Matt F.
    3 days

    Boosie said you lying bro

  • Keanu Z.
    3 days

    69 is a fed tho that’s why he’s still protected

  • Andre G.
    3 days


  • Algie S.
    4 days

    6ix9ine's a f*ckin' snitch

  • Joseph E.
    4 days

    Tupac would of said, and then you turned snitch like a bittccchhhhhh

  • Corey M.
    4 days

    Boosie had Nussie killed. Marlo mike confessed, and later changed his story. Locally Nussie's straight up disrespectful style and hilarious lines were making him bigger in baton rouge.

  • Euqar M.
    4 days


  • Guy M.
    4 days

    One word for six9 mutt

  • Danny R.
    4 days

    Scuz bucket

  • Shain C.
    4 days

    I remember snoop and them had lots of threats being sent to judge and jury. It wasn’t even a self defense murder. It was just murder. While snoop seems ok now that he his older he needed to be on prison for a few years. Probably would’ve really hurt death row records. Hence the threats that got sent out.

  • Andrew K.
    4 days

    All turds!

  • Rayan C.
    5 days


  • Gareth M.
    5 days

    One doesn’t exist

  • Brittany F.
    6 days

    The US’s prison sentences are ridiculous!😳 55 years for BURGLARY!? You will get an average of 3-6 months for assault. 2 years for rape and robbery and 8-12 years for MURDER, here in Australia!

  • Mani S.
    6 days

    he wasn’t joking about number 2

  • Robert D.
    6 days

    Make that 3 things now prison showers