California Becomes First State To Forbid Use of Rap Lyrics In Court

Rappers will be shielded in California from unjust evaluations of their artistic merit as a result of New York’s plans.

Rapper lyric usage as evidence in court cases is now prohibited in California, the first state in the United States to do so. A bill to prevent “original content” from being used against artists or musicians in the state was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday, and it became a historic law. Advocates for this treatment have had a long and tough battle, but recent legislation in New York suggests that things may be looking up with this law as well. Fans are likely appreciative that authorities responded to their fury in the wake of the YSL indictment, which resulted in Young Thug and Gunna being imprisoned in large part because of their lyrics.

California Becomes First U.S. State To Ban Using Rap Lyrics In Court

California Becomes First State To Forbid Use of Rap Lyrics In Court

However, the California statute has a similar loophole to the one in the New York law, which allows for the inclusion of lyrics if the court finds them to be important for the decision. Despite this qualification, AB 2799 (the Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act) is a unique piece of law that goes above and above to safeguard the artistic output of rappers. On a Zoom call with rappers E-40, Meek Mill, Killer Mike, YG, and others present, Governor Newsom signed the legislation.

California Becomes First State To Forbid Use of Rap Lyrics In Court

The DAE Act, according to the bill’s sponsor Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, “will give judges needed guidance for evaluating whether a creative expression is admissible during a criminal trial and provides a framework which will ensure creative expression will not be used to trigger or reinforce stereotypes or activate racial bias.” Dina Polt, an entertainment lawyer, was one of several who celebrated the success.

According to her,

“This legislation establishes crucial guardrails that will assist judges keep prosecutors accountable and prevent them from criminalizing Black and Brown artistic expression.” “Thank you for establishing the bar, Governor Newsom. Since this is a widespread issue, we hope Congress will approve legislation along these lines.”

Rap lyrics may still be saved at the federal level as a similar law was presented in Congress last July. The only thing standing between a rapper’s artistic expression and jail time at the moment are state laws, and California is setting a significant example for the rest of the union.