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The Word in Law: New Trial may be Ordered in Lyrics Case

Should drill artists have their lyrics considered in court?

By Skyler SaundersPublished 7 months ago 3 min read
The Word in Law: New Trial may be Ordered in Lyrics Case
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California has cited a case where a currently incarcerated man will most likely be given a new trial based on the state’s new law. The piece of legislation will disallow lyrics from being admitted as evidence.

If this is to take place across the United States and the rest of the world, then there should be a reconciliation with the judiciary and the rappers who wish to express their individual rights.

Drill music in particular should be considered the centerpiece for judges to reevaluate cases where harsh lyricism is commonplace. While it is rough, rugged, and raw, it is not the music that kills, it is the people who seek to murder and destroy families who murder.

The rapper Travon Venable Sr. has had his conviction overturned but he has not been freed yet. With a new chance to prove his innocence based on weak evidence against him, he may have the opportunity to breathe liberty again.

There is no reason for any lyrics to be admitted in court for any reason as it is art. The performance of material from a creative standpoint which may be ironically damaging does not give grounds for any artist to be put behind bars.

When drillers convey their messages, it is to show their hurt, pain, pleasure, joy, anger and understanding just like any artform. If lyrics are to be admitted, then novels, film scripts, paintings, and sculptures should be applicable to charging artists.

From New York City, USA to the United Kingdom, the question of whether these lyrics present a detriment to the youth especially and the populace as a whole. They should be relegated to nonfiction and panels on TV and Web shows, not courtrooms.

For Venable, he has a shot at another day of freedom away from his murder charge that landed him behind the wall for the past five years.

To use lyrics and videos is completely anathema to rights when they are admitted before a judge. For the young people to grow and understand the world through drill is something that is taking the sense of ideas to new lows. And it’s not because of the young people, untrained, unskilled, and sometimes uneducated.

The music itself is a reflection of their dire need for a proper philosophy. If Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, taken seriously, spread through the channels of the drill rap circles, there would be a groundswell of thought. This thought would put into focus why young people feel the need to form and communicate such an artform.

Given the attitudes and ideals implicit in Objectivism, the young people would have another way of showing what is in their minds. The drill rap scene might be able to reexamine their lyrics with the rise of the new California law. They might change their

lyrics not to satisfy law enforcement or the judicial system, but to challenge the ideas of how mysticism, collectivism, and altruism are the real evils, not rappers jumping on tracks.

The claim that drillers are just roving animals shrieking out words of nonsense and befuddlement is completely baseless. They represent the vanguard of creativity that demonstrates the systemic self-sacrifice that is embedded in the culture. These youth are yelling out for attention because they sense that no one cares about their own lives.

So, for these young people to have an outlet to showcase the realities of their worlds is something that no law court should consider as evidence in any form. In fact, the philosophy of law should prohibit anything that is irrational or irrelevant. To put forth lyrics and videos and other material as a way to lock up young artists is cruel, vicious, and evil. In order to bring light to this conversation, the concept of using lyrics should be banished and artistic expression, elevated.


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  • Misty Rae7 months ago

    Interesting. I've not followed this case, but the idea of one's artistic expression being used against them as evidence of criminal wrongdoing offends me to my core, both as a writer and a former lawyer.

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