In 2018 there was a song released called “Murder on my Mind” by 23 year old, Jamell Maurice Demons, better known as YNW Melly who is an American Rapper. The song gained a lot of attention from several people due to the fact that the lyrics presented very detailed and unpleasant lyrics of YNW describing what others considered a murder confession. The rapper later on was then investigated and looked into when Law enforcement claimed that YNW Melly and another rapper had killed two of his friends and staged the crime scene to make it look like a drive-by-shooting took place. The evidence in question came from song lyrics Melly had used in a previous song that read in the following: “I didn’t even mean to shoot ’em, he just caught me by surprise. I reloaded my pistol, cocked it back, and shot him twice. His body dropped down to the floor and he got teardrops in his eyes. He grabbed me by my hands and said he was afraid to die. I told ’em it’s too late my friend, it’s time to say “goodbye”. And he died inside my arms, blood all on my shirt”. YNW claims that he is not guilty for the murder of his two friends and that the song has nothing to do with incriminating himself, in contrary it had to do with his first criminal case, which resulted in him having to face jail time. This then relates to the topic of whether or not lyrics should be used in courts as a source of evidence in order to be able to prosecute someone. It would also point to how relevant and important the evidence can serve as in court. In some cases people find this very controversial due to the fact that creating music is a sense of free speech protected by the first amendment and believe people are allowed to express themselves through the creation of music. There are different genres in music and people carry different tastes so when it comes to people wanting to create songs out of rapping, it should not be fair that all of them are seen as criminals and are stereotyped under a certain category. using rap lyrics as evidence could lead to unjust outcomes and perpetuate racial stereotypes. Rap music is predominantly created and consumed by Black and Brown communities, and using their lyrics as evidence could unfairly target and criminalize these communities.
YNW Melly’s Murder Confession Through Music
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