Kids Library Home

Welcome to the Kids' Library!

Search for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.

Available items only
Book Cover
Author Nielson, Erik, 1976- author.

Title Rap on trial : race, lyrics, and guilt in America / Erik Nielson and Andrea L. Dennis ; with a foreword by Killer Mike.

Publication Info. New York : The New Press, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  345.7303 NIE    Available
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  345.7303 NIE    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  345.7303 NIE    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
1 copy being processed for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction.
Description xii, 203 pages ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-194) and index.
Contents Hip Hop : From the margins to the mainstream -- Rap enters the courtroom -- Lyrics, stereotypes, and bias -- What about the First Amendment? -- Aggressive prosecutors and untrained experts -- Surveillance, suppression, and the rise of gang units.
Summary Should Johnny Cash have been charged with murder after he sang, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die"? Few would seriously subscribe to this notion of justice. Yet in 2001, a rapper named Mac whose music had gained national recognition was convicted of manslaughter after the prosecutor quoted liberally from his album Shell Shocked. Mac was sentenced to thirty years in prison, where he remains. And his case is just one of many nationwide. Over the last three decades, as rap became increasingly popular, prosecutors saw an opportunity: they could present the sometimes violent, crime-laden lyrics of amateur rappers as confessions to crimes, threats of violence, or revelations of criminal motive--and judges and juries would go along with it. They've reopened cold cases, alleged gang affiliation, and secured convictions by presenting the lyrics and videos of rappers as autobiography. Now, an alarming number of aspiring rappers are imprisoned. No other form of creative expression is treated this way in the courts. This book places this disturbing prosecutorial practice in the context of hip-hop history and exposes what's at stake. It's a gripping, timely exploration at the crossroads of contemporary hip-hop and mass incarceration. -- Publisher description
Subject African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Rap musicians -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States.
Freedom of expression -- United States.
Rap (Music) -- Social aspects -- United States.
Added Author Dennis, Andrea L., author.
Killer Mike (Rapper), writer of foreword.
ISBN 9781620973400 hardcover
1620973405 hardcover
9781620973417 electronic book

Available items only