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Last December, Killer Mike and author Erik Nielson teamed to pen an op-ed examining how the criminal justice system often employs rap lyrics as a means to convict suspects. The Run the Jewels rapper’s first column focused on the case of Anthony Elonis, and now in their latest op-ed for Vox that examines hip-hop’s “poetic (in)justice,” Killer Mike and Nielson have turned their attention to McKinley “Mac” Phipps, a former No Limit rapper who was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenage fan at one of Mac’s shows.
Phipps was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the February 2000 shooting death in New Orleans. However, at Mac’s trial, the prosecutor manipulated the lyrics from a pair of the rapper’s songs and used that as evidence to show the jury that Mac had committed the crime. On top of that, a Huffington Post investigation into Mac’s case alleges that the trial’s key witness was “threatened” to finger Phipps as the shooter, while other witnesses who reiterated Phipps’ innocence were “intimidated or outright ignored by investigators.”
“With no physical evidence connecting Phipps to the crime, multiple eyewitnesses identifying a different shooter, and even a confession to the crime by another man, the prosecutor went after Phipps’ art, relying on a tactic that dates back to the Jim Crow South: he punished black speech,” writes Nielson and Killer Mike, who co-penned the op-ed under his birth name Michael Render.
“If we let this stand, what you’re going to see is that tool is going to be used to wipe out an entire potential generation of [artists] out of our community,” Killer Mike said in a statement regarding the criminal justice system’s frequently citing rap lyrics at trial. “It becomes a danger to you … because it just becomes another tool that prosecutors can now use to … strip you of your freedom of speech, which is guaranteed to every American, so we must stand with artists like Mac.”
In another example that highlights both the onus on rappers and a double standard in music, Killer Mike writes about how he is often labeled as a criminal simply because of the “Killer” in his moniker, even though his alias means he “metaphorically kills microphones with his lyrics.” However, no one ever associates rock band the Killers as being a pack of assassins because they aren’t “a 6-foot-3 black guy.”
“It is a fear McKinley Phipps knows all too well, having spent almost 15 years in a cell, in large part because his art was put on trial,” the rapper and author write in conclusion. “But it is hardly a surprise that the young men of color who have used rap music to challenge America’s unjust justice system are the ones who are finding their words criminalized and their voices silenced. It’s a steep price to pay for art — but it’s a price rappers have been paying for years and, unfortunately, will continue to pay for years to come.”
The well-versed lyricist and hip hop icon finds himself in trouble after confronting unlicensed merchandise.
After finding two men were selling shirts with his logo on them without his permission or giving him any cuts of their profit, rapper Immortal Technique (full name Felipe Andres Coronel) apparently confronted the men with his entourage, promptly beating the duo up, and stealing their items from them.
Immortal Technique was scheduled to perform at the Observatory OC with Talib Kweli Thursday evening, where the two men were selling t-shirts outside of the venue. In arelease by the Santa Ana Police Department, the two victims reported that ten to twelve individuals from Technique’s entourage approached the men and confronted them about the shirts. The victims reported having not only the shirts, but also cash and cell phones forcibly taken from them by the crew, and then were viciously beaten.
Technique, 37, of New York City, and Steven Alexander McDaniel, 40, of Orange County, were arrested without incident on the suspicion of robbery and attempting to prevent or dissuade a witness from reporting a crime. They were identified by the victims. The items were not recovered during the investigation.
Police allowed Technique to perform at Thursday night’s show to prevent any problems with the audience. He then posted a $50,000 bond and was released Friday at 1:45pm.
-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)
Adidas laces the future stars of the NBA up lovely with All Star gear for their upcoming McD’s All American game.
Since 1978, the McDonald’s All American Game has featured some of the best high school basketball players in America. The McDonald’s All American Game has showcased the talents of many of the NBA’s past and present greats; that list includes: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and many more.
Next week, this year’s top 24 players in the nation will square off in Chicago for the 38th annual McDonald’s All American Basketball Game and will be outfitted by Adidas. Adidas (designers of the official NBA Jerseys) will have these high school athletes donning white and black REV30 sleeved jerseys with red and yellow McDonald’s accents throughout.
The sneakers these high school athletes will be wearing will be those of two of Adidas ‘most popular basketball players (Derrick Rose & Damian Lillard). Players will be wearing the D. Lillard 1s and D. Rose 5s in purple suede with the McDonald’s logo on the tongue. The purple suede bears a similarity to one of McDonald’s well-known characters “Grimace”.
These sneakers are already available for sale on the Adidas website and can be found in select stores in Chicago this weekend.
Be sure to check out the 38th annual McDonalds All American Game Wednesday, April 1st at 8 PM CST on ESPN, and see the future stars of the NBA showcase their skills.
- Chad Vill (@YungChad)
The rapper of ‘CoCo’ fame, apparently has some outstanding law problems, but not what you’d think…
O.T. Genasis was arrested March 25 (Wednesday night), after being stopped in L.A for running a red light, according to TMZ. The police discovered he had multiple outstanding warrants…for other traffic violations.
After being pulled over, and the arrest subsequently made, he was taken to the nearest district station and booked on charges; a lesson on paying traffic tickets he learned the hard way.
Though he’s never been linked to any “CoCo” legalities, he has spoken on negative backlash from the song.
When my son’s teacher hits me and says, “He has baking soda. What does that mean?” I’m like, “Oh, my gosh. It’s hard for me to run away from [it].” But I ain’t really catch no criticism yet. It’s what the song is about. I’m prepared for it.
“CoCo” is still 65th on Billboard’s Hot 100 as of this week.
-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)
Currently on the European leg of his Under Pressure World Tour, Logic recently dropped by Capital Xtra with Tim Westwood to participate in UK radio host’s famous freestyle segment. The Visionary Music Group rapper only spits over one beat – Method Man’s “Bring Da Pain” – but packs plenty of punch into the nearly three minute rhyme.
The former XXL Freshman dropped his Def Jam debut Under Pressure last October which landed at No. 4 on Billboard 200 coming in less than 10,000 copies shy of matching T.I.’s first-week sales for Paperwork which came out the same day. In January, he kicked off his 47-stop Under Pressure World Tour which has already hit locations in the United States and Canada before moving across The Pond.
XXL recently caught up with the Maryland MC on a break between stops and he gave us the breakdown of his career over the past few months. “I think about how grueling it can be and how crazy it is,” said Logic of his hectic road life. “But I also think about [how] there will come a time when I don’t tour and who knows when that is going to be. It could be 20 years from now. I could go into acting and do that and I’ll look back at how incredible it was.” Check out the remainder of his tour schedule, here.
Watch Logic’s Tim Westwood freestyle, above.
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Before we get his solo LP, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, Boosie introduces us to his new team on the compilation mixtape, Every Ghetto, Every City Vol. 1. The Baton Rouge rapper has collected a band of MCs for his newly minted imprint, The Bad Azz Music Syndicate and highlights them all on the label’s first release. Featuring crew members B. Wil, J-Day, Juicy, Lee Banks, Money Bagz, OG Dre, Quick and of course, Boosie Boo, the project contains 19 titles. Additional appearances come by way of 50 Cent, Migos, Bando Jonez and others. Drumma Boy, Metro Boomin,’ Sonny Digital and more provide the instrumentals for the introductory project.
Since his release of prison 12 months ago, Boosie has been busy enjoying life as a free man, touring the country and working on his forthcoming LP. XXL recently spent some time with the rapper who revealed his upcoming plans music wise for 2015. “I basically have my own thing going with Bad Azz Music Syndicate, my label, so we finna mass product the streets. Right now, I’m Trill’s focused artist right now,” said Boosie of his long-time label home. “I’m hearing that after [Touchdown 2 Cause Hell], after we push the label launch of the Bad Azz Music Syndicate, we gonna see if we gonna do that Gangsta Muzik 2, me and Webbie.”
While you wait for what’s in store, stream the Every Ghetto, Every City Vol. 1 mixtape, below.
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