In recent years it’s become crystal clear that rappers and those related to the rap industry are no longer going to wait for the government to get a move on criminal justice reform. They’re taking it into their own hands. JAY Z and ROC Nation have been in the forefront lately for their work, including helping release Meek Mill from prison last year as well as more recently helping dismiss a case against an 11-year-old boy who was arrested for refusing to partake in the pledge of allegiance.
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48 thoughts on “Why Rappers Like Killer Mike and Meek Mill are Backing Up Jamal Knox’s Case”
anyway this white girl confused the sh out of me
pay Attention: rapper raps about shooting blacks gets a record deal, rapper raps about shoot cops gets prison for 6 years.
No I don't thing song lyrics should be use on Courthouse cases because they don't understand the meaning of them and they could miss interpret it.
Soooooo they are going to help the dude with 15 sandbags of heroine? And a stolen handgun?! Yet they are the biggest advocates for gun control when these are the people we have the 2nd amendment for??? Ooooookay
THEY KNOW WHAT THE MUSIC DOES TO US.THEY ARE SCARED OF WHAT MUSIC LIKE THIS COULD DO TO THEIR "PERFEXT WHITE WORLD.THE UPRISING IS COMING SOON. #YAHAWAH #CHEROKEE
First, Words are words, until words describe and detail actions whether potential or already acted. If art details actions, then the art becomes a manifesto. The art then should be used in a court of law as evidence.
Second, Would these rappers, take it lightly if this young black man said the things he said about these officers, about them? Their family? Their kids?
I was in jail wit Soulja beaz in regards to this case. 412💪🏾
Fuck 12 pretty bitch
Tay K and YNW Melly self-snitched. Too much evidence besides their lyrics are against them. Convenient how you fail to mention any of that.
I mean quit committing crimes and rapping about it maybe? Lol you dumb son
Violence is used as a release, in music, and in body, with it. Violence can be used in court, when it comes to being personally identified, in a song. When someone is too personal, in their lyrics, in a violent nature, it opens doors, to people who are violently natured, to act unreasonably, and innocence becomes void, in those situations. Makes small problems, amplify unreasonably.
Shoutout to Rocnation for everything they've done so far but c'mon son… yall fighting for that dude? 💀
Lmao Pennsylvanian cops are a fucking joke
Gets caught with narcotics, raps about killing the cops that arrested him
”free my boy from the raycis system dawg”
Damn that's way too many bags of heroin though
Natasha still work for complex
Give thanks and praise to the almighty…..
I love this kinda news reporting Complex. I’ll watch the longer videos don’t gotta condense to water it down
Where’s the line between personal narratives and rap personas? Regardless of genre, if someone wrote a song that nearly gave away the impression that they stalk me in order to plot my death am i to just say “oh those crazy kids!”?
This hard & very detailed, but if Tay K did what he did then he got to take it. I'm not with murder of the innocent
This was pretty difficult to masterbate to…. but wasnt imposssible!!
So this dude publicly threatened to stab a police office by name but jay z wants him to walk free… yea that makes sense. You can say anything you want but you can’t call the officer out by name and say you want to stab him. That’s not artistic poetry that’s called a direct threat. It’s crazy black people will say free so and so knowing they murdered someone or did a horrible crime it’s absolutely ridiculous. Black people are still saying free Tay k and he murdered or was involved in the murder of 2 people and you idiots want him to be free smh. I saw a meme a few years back that summed up black people perfectly, it was a picture of Michael Meyers and caption said “free my n** mike he ain’t do shit”. That’s so true unfortunately smh
You don’t name drop non-public people without knowing the consequences unless you want those consequences to happen!
Rap Snitches. Tellin all they business. See em court, they be they own star witness.
"Do you see the perpetrator?"
"Yeah, I'm right here!"
Complex does an incredible job with these graphics they've been using.
Idk why they get mad for getting arrested for do FELONYS they are there to keep them safe
If he gets a prison sentence then Eminem deserves the death penalty 😂
Um what the fuck, I’m all for freedom of artistic expression but this isn’t it. I love how they use Bob Marley as an example, like he was a peaceful reggae artist not a trap rapper??? Lmao this new generations idea of justice makes me laugh… like what’s next we’re just gonna give rappers passes for violent crimes too because they were “in character”.. Lol why don’t we just let guys identify as girls & compete in physical competitions like weight lifting while we’re at it.. Oh wait..
Mike pretty cool my teacher is lucky he met him at a black history month gathering
I don’t think lyrics should be admissible in court, but I also don’t think Knox’s case should be brought to the Supreme Court. Threats have already been found not to be protected under free speech and he got pretty damn specific in his lyrics with the names and shifts part. Of all the referenced cases his seems the most likely to lose in the Supreme Court, which would set terrifying precedent for more abstract cases.
So wht about death metal….gtfoh
But this nigga had heroin on his car. . . . HE HAD IT COMING. Forget about the drugs and money. Why do you have those dag dangerous, lethal & poisonous venomous narcotics in your vehicle? Either for yourself or for so someone else.
Respect to them. That's just unjust that that boy had to do that. It's not complying with freedom of speech at all.
Man, fuck all this #ADOS, #Tangibles2020, #Reparation2020 #NoBlackAgendNoVote , everything else is astroturf… All blacks aren't in jail these are non issues in the black community you niggro rappers aren't going to dissipate the energy from real black issues and you white supremacist aren't going to change the subject. Your liberal democrat slave masters aren't going to trot you happles niggros out and tell us what should be our agenda and you niggros ain't going to redirect the momentum. Fuck you traitor niggas. Reparations2020 for ADOS specifically or no vote… Period.
This bitch know everything about so called hip hop fuck hip hop
Can they free Bobby Shmurda please?
Most rappers use violent lyrics. The feds need to chill.
I thought you quit
Lyrics shouldnt be able to be used in court especially when rap is pretty much based o violent PERSONAS. I cant comment on what they were found with. But the lyric case is some bullshit
This shit is real don’t talk all that shit unless you gonna walk the walk
I'm a producer looking for dope artists to hop on my beats HMU
This shit crazy they’ll use anything against a black man to lock him up !!!
It's a shame that things like this happen, but I'm glad rappers are expanding and backing us up👏🏿
THE SYSTEM BULLIES PEOPLE AND VIOLATES YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEM!! WE HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER!!!
Oh on jah?
And in others news… MEEK MILL WEEKEND!!!
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