Rap On Trial Bill Passes New York Senate, Carves Path For Systemic Change
The bill, introduced in November, is the first of its kind meant to protect the creative license of artists in courtrooms.
May 18, 2022 at 9:33 pm
A first-of-its-kind, rap-influenced piece of legislation has passed in the New York Senate. Senate Bill S7527, known as the Rap Music on Trial bill, soared through a May 17 Senate session with a 38-23 vote.
The bill, which has significant support from artists like Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Tinashe and Kelly Rowland, among others, still needs to pass the state assembly before it becomes law. Sponsored by New York Sens. Jamaal Bailey and Brad Hoylman, this bill seeks to amend state criminal procedure law to strictly limit the use of a defendant’s lyrics or other forms of creative expression as evidence or character assessments, as Blavity previously reported.