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Rappers Join Forces In Support Of New Law That’ll Prevent Lyrics From Being Used In Court

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Many notable rappers have team up for the advocacy of a New York state law that’ll help their innocence in court.

According to Rolling Stone, Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, Yo Gotti, and more hip-hop stars have petitioned to push New York lawmakers to pass Senate Bill S752.

If approved, Senate Bill S752, or “Rap Music on Trial” will stop courts from using rap lyrics as evidence during criminal trials. 

The letter co-written by Jay-Z’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, is asking  New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, to make Senate Bill S752 a 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,” Spiro, shared. “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.”

Spiro received help from University of Richmond’s Professor Erik Nielson in writing the letter, in which all the artist signed. Kelly Rowland, Killer Mike, Robin Thicke, and more artists have signed and supported this new legislation.  

Fat Joe also spoke with Rolling Stone. “Our lyrics are a creative form of self-expression and entertainment – just like any other genre,” Joe said. “We want our words to be recognized as art rather than being weaponized to get convictions in court. I hope the governor and all the lawmakers in New York take our letter into consideration, protect our artistic rights and make the right decision to pass this bill.”

The legislation would limit the use of “creative expression” as evidence and push prosecutors to prove that such art isn’t just fictional, with “clear and convincing evidence.” Senator Brad Hoylman, Senator Jamaal Bailey, and Assemblymember Catalina Cruz have brought the legislation forward. 

Hoylman used an example of Johnny Cash singing that he “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” and David Byrne calling himself a “psycho killer,” without anyone taking them literally. Conversely, hip-hop artists have a history of having their lyrics used against them. The late Drakeo the Ruler served a three years sentence after his songs were used to prove his guilt.

“Presuming a defendant’s guilt based solely on musical genre or creative expression is antithetical to our foundational rights and perpetuates the systemic racism that is embedded into the criminal justice system through discriminatory conflations of hip-hop and rap with criminality,” Bailey said.

Rap Music on Trial, was first proposed in November by New York state senators and now is making progress. If approved, the hip-hop community expects others states to follow suit with this ruling.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Spiro said “This is a long time coming,” he continued. “By changing the law here, you do a lot of good for the cases that it affects, but you also send a message that progress is coming. We expect it will be followed in a lot of places.”

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Beef Over? Ye and Big Sean Spotted Together in LA

Beef Over? Ye and Big Sean Spotted Together in LA

When Kanye West hit Drink Champs, he stated signing Big Sean was the biggest mistake of his career. In response, Sean stated Ye’s statement was “some bitch ass shit.” Now, it all appears to be water under the bridge. Ye and Sean were spotted together in Los Angeles on Monday Night.

The duo was part of pictures with Pusha T, French Montana, and Fivio Foreign and all of it looked peaceful. Neither party has provided details to reconciliation, but it’s reasonable to assume it’s all good.

Recently, Ye was seen with another temporary foe in Hit-Boy, who recently spoke with Sean about their issues with the DONDA creator. But now, everything appears to be good and Ye and Hit were together for The Game’s new single “Easy.” You can check that out here and here.

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Big Sean And Kanye West Make Up And Get Back Together

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Big Sean showed he has a big heart as he appears to have squashed his beef with former boss Kanye West. The conflict started after Kanye insulted him during an Interview with Drink Champs. The multi-hyphenate told the podcast host, Noreaga, Big Sean is “the worst artist he has ever signed.”   Shortly after, Big Sean […]

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Coachella 2022 Is On And Could Set The Stage For Kanye West Vs Big Sean Part 2

The popular festival Coachella is back on for 2022 and has announced its full lineup. Happening in the sunny land of Indio, California, the two-weekend festival will have headliners including Megan Thee Stallion, Kanye West, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Doja Cat, Run the Jewels, Big Sean, Ari Lennox, Vince Staples, Baby Keem, City Girls, Denzel […]

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Big Sean Says Kanye Owes Him Millions

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In his recent interview with Drink Champs, Big Sean didn’t hold back about how he felt about the  disrespectful comment Kanye made about him, calling it “some bitch ass shit.” Big Sean Calls Kanye Out For Owing Millions First, the Detroit rapper called out Kanye’s recent interview with Drink Champs in which Kanye claims Big […]

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Big Sean Calls Kanye’s Drink Champs Comments About Him ‘Some B*tch Ass Sh*t’

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A little over a month ago, Kanye sat with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for his legendary Drink Champs interview. During the interview, Ye went on a tangent about how signing Big Sean was the worst decision of his life. Now, Big Sean has been invited to sit with N.O.R.E. and EFN.

In a clip of the upcoming episode, the Detroit MC speaks on Ye’s comments about signing him.

“I love Kanye, bro,” Sean said. “I love him for the opportunity he gave me, and all these things. But I thought what he said was some bitch ass shit.”

Kanye said during his interview, “Let me tell you,” before grabbing a “R.I.P.” headstone prop. “I already decided that when I die, on my tombstone it’s gonna say, ‘I deserve to be here because I signed Big Sean.” Ye went on to say that signing Big Sean was the biggest mistake of his life and aired out other grievances he had with the Detroit 2 rapper.

At the end of the clip, Sean throws the throws the headstone and says, “Fuck this shit. Fuck what he talking about.”

Big Sean’s interview airs on Revolt TV on Thursday and will be able to watch on YouTube on Sunday.

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Russ Drops ‘CHOMP 2’ LP, Features Wale, Mozzy, Big Sean & More

Russ Drops 'CHOMP 2' LP, Features Wale, Mozzy, Big Sean & More

Accompanied with an all-star cast, Russ closes out 2021 with the release of the highly-anticipated sequel album, CHOMP 2, out now, via Russ My Way Inc.

MORE: Kehlani: “I Just Told Russ I Would Make An Album With Him…”

The second installment to 2020 original, which includes the Ab-Soul-featured hit “Who Wants What,” finds Russ evolving the series from a five-song EP to a high-profile full-length album with 14 new songs. For the sequel, he enlists his most features of both artists and producers yet with guest appearances by Ransom, Papoose, The Game, Westside Gunn, Styles P, Jadakiss, Big K.R.I.T., Snoop Dogg, Jay Electronica, Big Sean, Wale, Joey Badass, Conway The Machine, Ghostface Killah, Cyhi The Prynce, Lloyd Banks and Mozzy. The star-studded cast collaborates with a who’s who of legendary producers, including DJ Premier, Jake One, Mr. Porter, Hi-Tek, 9th Wonder, Harry Fraud, The Alchemist, Bink!, Boi-1da, Statik Selektah and Hit-Boy.

Prior to CHOMP 2, Russ fed fans an appetizer in the new black-and-white visual, titled “Utah Freestyle.” “Stay away from people who put money over everything,” Russ responds to a fan on Twitter who said they love the new video. Watch the new video below.

Announcing the new album’s arrival Tuesday morning (Dec. 8), he gave fans who purchased merch the opportunity to hear the new album before everyone else last week. The early listens were met with rave reviews. Peter Rosenberg tweets: “I’m very impressed with the A&R job Russ did on this project man… Westside Gunn floating on a 9th Wonder beat is something I wish I had thought of and pulled off… incredible.” 

Upon the album’s release, Russ tweets to fans: “IT’S OUT!!!! I just wanna say I’m extremely grateful for everyone who decided to be apart of this project. It was a dream of mine to pull this off and I did…independently…just texting and DM’ing shooting shots on a whim and thankfully everyone was down and killed it. CHOMP 2”

MORE: Russ Announces He is Now An Independent Artist

CHOMP 2 is the first full-length release since Russ announced his departure from Columbia-Sony last year and rejoin the independent landscape. Since July, returning to an old formula of success, Russ has released new music on a weekly basis. In October, Russ and Kehlani teased a possible joint album in the works. 

Watch the visual to “Utah Freestyle” above and stream all of CHOMP 2 below.

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New Music Fridays [Late Edition]: Lil Uzi, Jay Z, Bobby Shmurda, Big Sean, and We Snuck In Some More!

Rap game favorites Lil Uzi, Bobby Shmurda, and Big Sean are dropping new singles. Plus more from A$AP Ferg and BlocBoy JB. Pow! Duuuroppps! This Friday, we’ve got your hot list of new music dropping that’s guaranteed to hit those charts and run it up. Here’s the lineup: Today, multi-platinum rapper BlocBoy JB and super-producer […]

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Big Sean and Hit-Boy Connect for New EP ‘What You Expect’

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Big Sean and Hit-Boy are back to business. The duo has teamed for the new EP, What You Expect.

The new release comes with a new video for “What a Life,” which you can see below.

The tag team of Big Sean and Hit-Boy stretches back as far as “Clique” dropped on the 2012 G.O.O.D. Music album and as recent as “Deep Reverence” from Sean’s 2020 album Detroit 2.

You can tap into their latest work below.

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Big Sean & Hit-Boy Team Up

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Grammy-nominated artist Big Sean and longtime collaborator Hit-Boy have announced their next EP. “What You Expect” is coming this Friday. Hit-Boy and Big Sean To Drop An EP This Friday Sean and Hit Boy’s long list of collaborations go back to their 2012 smash hit “Clique”. The two also joined forces on three songs from […]

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