Rappers are often challenged on the authenticity of their lyrics but the case of California rapper Tiny Doo is stranger than fiction. The rhymer is learning the dark side of life imitating art as his violent lyrics could land him in jail, even without committing a crime.
According to ABC News, the San Diego indie artist (born Brandon Duncan) could be facing a lifetime behind bars for his album, ‘No Safety.’ Prosecutors charged Duncan and several other gang members for attempted murder charges, involving nine shootings in the San Diego area dating back to April 2013. Tiny Doo hasn’t been tied to the shootings but prosecutors claim that he benefited from the shootings, increasing the street cred that thereby allowed him to sell more albums.
“We’re not just talking about a CD of anything, of love songs. We’re talking about a CD (cover) … there is a revolver with bullets,” explained Deputy District Attorney Anthony Campagna about Tiny’s album artwork.
The judge is currently considering a trial and is expected to make a decision today (Nov. 17). What’s most interesting is that Tiny Doo has no criminal record.
“It’s shocking,” Brian Watkins said to MTV News. “He has no criminal record. Nothing in his lyrics say go out and commit a crime. Nothing in his lyrics reference these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy. There are huge Constitutional issues.”
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