The RICO case against YSL members Young Thug & Gunna is front page news here in Atlanta. There are a lot of opposing feelings about the case and whether the DA should be allowed to use their rap lyrics in court to convict them. Young Thug was labeled the gang leader of YSL and hit with 56 charges from everything to murder conspiracy to anything else they could pin on him. Most of us know YSL as a record label with legit music & artists.
Personally I don’t think rap lyrics are an admission of a crime. That being said this will probably be the new wave with federal prosecutors seeking convictions because of the violent lyrics & imagery that are associated with Hip Hop culture.
Record Executive Kevin Liles, co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment went to bat for Young Thug by testifying in his bond hearing. At one point, Liles got emotional and reflected on how the Young Stoner Life label, that he partnered with Young Thug to build, has changed the lives of many people, including his. Liles offered to put up his own money to insure Thug’s bond but the judge declined.
Kevin Liles has since launched a petition on Change.org to “Rap Music on Trial: Protect Black Art” opposing the use of rap lyrics to convict artists.
If you agree that rap lyrics should not be admissible in court sign the petition here.