Rap Lyrics in Court: “A Dangerous Precedent”

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Entertainment attorney Dina LaPolt talks about her recent opinion piece in Variety titled, “Rap Lyrics Now Admissible in Court Evidence: A Dangerous Precedent.” 


 
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Entertainment attorney Dina LaPolt talks about her recent opinion piece in Variety titled, “Rap Lyrics Now Admissible in Court Evidence: A Dangerous Precedent.” 

LaPolt says, “If all of a sudden every Black artist is afraid that everything that they rap about can be used against them if they were ever charged with a crime is very scary.” She adds that it’s been studied that when research participants were presented identical lyrics from different musical genres, writers of violent rap lyrics are perceived more negatively than if the same lyric came from a country or heavy metal artist.

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