Jamal Knox a Pittsburgh rapper is currently serving a 2-year jail sentence after his song lyrics landed him in a big mess.
He sang a song F***K THE POLICE and the most provocative line of the song was “let’s kill these cops cause they don’t do us no good.”
The police force have seen this as a threat to every police officer walking down the streets .
Rappers, consisting of Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Chance The Rapper, Yo Gotti and Fat Joe, have sent a document to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, in hopes it will reconsider looking into Knox’s case, and offering to give a “primer on rap music and hip-hop”.
The document reads:
A person unfamiliar with what today is the nation’s most dominant musical genre or one who hears music through the auditory lens of older genres such as jazz, country or symphony may mistakenly interpret a rap song as a true threat of violence.
Knox finds himself once again in the hands of authorities due to the lyrics of his song after being arrested in 2012 over gun-related cases. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed Knox’s conviction was just, and that The First Amendment – freedom of speech – does not protect all speech.
Knox’s lawyers had said that the song lyrics were “never meant to be read as bare text on a page, rather, the lyrics were meant to be heard, with music, melody, rhythm and emotion”, but their appeal was denied.
The coalition of rappers has stepped in. They hope that Knox’s song will be better understood as an expression of his art, and his rap persona, rather than something punishable by law.