Kevin Liles along with Julie Greenwald of Atlantic Records team up for this petition.
Rap lyrics should not be used as evidence in criminal cases, according to 300’s Kevin Liles and Atlantic Records COO Julie Greenwald. “Rap Music on Trial: Protect Black Art” is a petition that Liles and Greenwald launched Thursday (June 9), focusing on how prosecutors have repeatedly attempted to use rap lyrics in courtrooms.
According to the petition, the RICO case against Young Thug, Gunna, and their Young Stoner Life (YSL) collective has been harmed by this prosecutorial tactic.
If “ready for war like I’m Russia” is a confession of criminal intent, then so is “ready for war like I am Russia,” according to the petition.
In a joint statement, Kevin Liles and Julie Greenwald added, “Weaponizing creative expression against artists is obviously wrong.” Young Thug, Gunna, and YSL are just three of the many high-profile cases that have enraged us.
When New York passed the “Rap Music On Trial” bill in May of this year, it took steps to limit the prosecutor’s ability to use rap lyrics as evidence in an ongoing criminal case. Liles went viral earlier this month after he grew emotional when he was called to testify on behalf of Young Thug during the rapper’s bond hearing.
Judge Ural Glanville decided not to grant Thugga bail due to fears for his safety and that of the community because of his status as a “flight risk.” He will remain behind bars at the Fulton County Jail for the foreseeable future.