In 2014 Bobby Schmurda was arrested and ultimately convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, a key piece of evidence in the case against him were song lyrics. A few years earlier in 2009 Lil Boosie’s song 187 was used by the prosecution to convict the rapper of ordering the murder of Terry Boyd. Though he was found not guilty, I think you get the idea.
Artists getting a little too “real” on tracks leading to legal troubles isn’t exactly a new concept, as far back as the days of X-rated in the 90’s, song lyrics and albums have been used as evidence of crime. The latest device of demise for those careless enough to display their acts of defiance against the law comes in the form of 1 minute, sometimes disappearing clips. Police no longer have to search for drugs, guns, or squeeze confessions out of possible suspects. All it takes now is a few social media accounts and an internet connection.
This constant threat of being thrown in jail over self-produced video hasn’t stopped rappers like Troy Ave, who after being involved with at least two shootings continues to add banter to already tense situations via social media. Blac Youngsta, most recently fell victim to the over sharing bug that infects hip hop acts in 2017. After being charged with 7 felonies reports pointed to the rappers social media content as well as song lyrics as the launchpad for the investigation against him.
Instances like Blac Youngsta’s will become more prevalent as the thirst for 24hr access into the lives of megastars rises and technology increases. It remains to be seen if today’s crop of talent will see the writing on the wall, or end up with their hands pressed against it for a pat down. We’ll get back to you on that.