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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  • Dwayne E.
    2 days

    I fear no man

  • Adam T.
    2 days

    2+1 now takeshit 619 fear with god fbi and illuminati cuz they already showed him who the boss 🤣🤣

  • Daniel T.
    2 days

    What is THIS ? 🤮

  • Ash K.
    3 days

    Rat boy lil

  • John A.
    3 days

    6ix9ine eminem can diss you but 6ix9ine cant diss eminem

  • Thoumy L.
    3 days

    takeashi 47 ans

  • Jeremy B.
    3 days

    You scared to keep your mouth shut ill tell ya that

  • Rainier S.
    4 days

    whoa really tay-k 55 years in prison?

  • Jayson C.
    4 days

    Real men fears death⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰

  • Dimitrios J.
    5 days

    Just a matter of time all will be in prison! Some think they are invisible when in fact they are not!! Enjoy now because your time is coming!!

  • Johnnie B.
    5 days

    U put snoop with lollipop snitch.. ??? 😂😂😂u serious ?

  • Mamu H.
    6 days

    Nah nak belajaq kenai

  • Chad J.
    6 days

    Ppl really fear fictional characters from fairy tales? Are they equally fearful of dr doom? Death Vader? Also do they fear a supposed merciful being that LOVES them! What a crock of Sh^t

  • Shawn L.
    7 days

    200000 things more like it

  • Emir M.
    11/15/2019 10:31

    You are an.idiot

  • De N.
    11/15/2019 04:13

    When u again with illuminati

  • Kenny O.
    11/14/2019 06:00

    I can only stand for one....... and that.... is SNOOP DOGGY DOGG !!!🙌🏻🙌🏻

  • Jaroslav O.
    11/14/2019 04:47


  • Ömer T.
    11/13/2019 20:29

    What??? Hes not in the jail?!?!?! Maybe i dream!

  • Amet
    11/13/2019 18:31