Hip Hop’s A-List Takes on the Supreme Court- The Color Brief March 7
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A who’s who of hip hop stars have banded together to help fellow rapper Knox, whose case is currently being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jamal Knox v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania concerns the arrest and imprisonment of Knox, who was charged with witness intimidation and terroristic threats after releasing music in which he threatened violence against Pittsburgh police officers. He’s currently serving a 2-6-year prison term.
In an effort to have Knox’s sentence overturned, a large group of rappers, including Killer Mike, Meek Mill, Chance the Rapper, 21 Savage, and Styles P., among many more, have filed an amicus brief. The brief serves as a hip hop primer, educating the nation’s highest court about general hip hop culture as well as providing a thorough breakdown of the lyrics in question.
The brief argues that Knox’s work is a form of poetry and, if Pittsburgh officials had a working knowledge of rap music, he would never have been jailed.
The case also calls into question whether Knox’s lyrics are protected under the First Amendment.
In other news…
Rap superstar Rick Ross has a different sort of release lined up – a memoir. Hurricanes, set for a September 3 release, will detail Ross’ personal life and his rap career.
Riz Ahmed will star in and produce Mughal Mowgli, a film about a British Pakistani rapper who becomes seriously ill just before his first world tour. Ahmed won an Emmy for his lead role in HBO’s limited series The Night Of.
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