Young Thug shaped contemporary rap and conquered the US mainstream. Now he's awaiting trial alongside 27 others because his record label, YSL, is accused of being a criminal street gang. With lyrics being used as evidence against him, is this the biggest ever case of rap on trial?
Young Thug and Gunna are facing heavy gang-related charges and prosecutors are citing lyrical content as evidence. Yet the use of rap lyrics in court has been shown to be overwhelmingly prejudicial – and to reinforce racist stereotypes. So why is it still happening and what is being done to stop it?
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