Jay Z backs New York law change to stop rap lyrics being ‘weaponised’ in court


Jay Z is supporting a proposed law that would block rap lyrics from being used as evidence of alleged crimes in court.

According toRolling Stonerappers Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, and Yo Gotti are among the rappers who have joined forces with Jay Z (real name Shawn Corey Carter) to call on New York lawmakers to pass Senate Bill S752.

The bill has been brought forward by Democrat senators Brad Hoylman and Jamaal Bailey, and assembly member Catalina Cruz.

The legislation would limit the use of “creative expression” as evidence and push prosecutors to prove that such art is not fictional, with “clear and convincing evidence”.

The bill was first revealed in November 2021. It was passed through the Senate Codes committee earlier this week, into state law.

“This is an issue that’s important to [Jay-Z] and all the other artists that have come together to try to bring about this change,” Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro said in a statement.

“This is a long time coming. Mr Carter is from New York, and if he can lend his name and his weight, that’s what he wants to do.”

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