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Sep 30 - Rappers Join Gavin Newsom for Signing of California’s Rap Lyrics Bill



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Sep 30 - Rappers Join Gavin Newsom for Signing of California’s Rap Lyrics Bill
 

 
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has officially signed AB 2799, the landmark legislation that protects an artist’s right to freedom of expression.

The Democratic lawmaker passed the first-of-its-kind bill Friday afternoon, more than a month after it was unanimously approved by the state Senate. Known as the Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act, the law restricts the use of rap lyrics as evidence in California court. New York failed to pass similar legislation earlier this year, which was seen as a major blow to artists’ First Amendment rights.

“Artists of all kinds should be able to create without the fear of unfair and prejudicial prosecution,” Newsom said. “California’s culture and entertainment industry set trends around the world and it’s fitting that our state is taking a nation-leading role to protect creative expression and ensure that artists are not criminalized under biased policies.”

The governor signed the bill during a ceremony conducted via Zoom. Participants included members of the Black Music Action Coalition and Songwriters of North America, as well as music industry leaders, like Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr., REFORM Alliance’s Jessica Jackson, and former Def Jam Records president Kevin Liles.

“For too long, prosecutors in California have used rap lyrics as a convenient way to inject racial bias and confusion into the criminal justice process,” said Dina LaPolt, entertainment attorney and co-founder of SONA. “This legislation sets up important guardrails that will help courts hold prosecutors accountable and prevent them from criminalizing Black and Brown artistic expression. Thank you, Gov Newsom, for setting the standard. We hope Congress will pass similar legislation, as this is a nationwide problem.”

Friday’s signing ceremony also included a number of rappers, such as Meek Mill, k*ller Mike, Ty Dolla Sign, YG, Tyga, Too Short, and E-40.

A source told Complex that Too Short gave an impassioned speech on how his generation was targeted by prosecutors who used artists’ lyrics against them. He also expressed gratitude that the next generation of California artists will be afforded creative freedom without the fear of their art being used against them.

E-40 echoed Too Short’s comments, saying he was a proud Californian and was pleased to see his home state lead the way with new legislation that protects the creative freedom of artists.

Authored by a*semblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D -Los Angeles), AB 2799 also applies to other forms of creative expression, including visual and performance art, films, literature, and poetry.

The law goes into effect in January 2023.

Source: visit this link https://www.complex.com/m .. p-lyrics-court

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 2 months ago '22        #2
Mystic97  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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The fact that music is even being put out that can be seen as Incriminating yourself to murder and selling crack is shameful
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 2 months ago '21        #3
Drill  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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honestly a lot of this was a bunch of effort and mobilization and money/resources for nothing. it won't really change anything.

in none of these cases do the music lyrics or videos make THE difference in getting indicted/convicted.

prosecutors be having years of evidence from rappers texting each other, snitching on social media, ratting out each other, etc.

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 2 months ago '07        #4
Mr.Green E.U.I. 
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The fact that there has to be a bill to protect artistry when no other art form is scrutinized is shameful.

Alec Baldwin portrayed k*llers and when he actually k*lled someone his past roles weren’t used against him in a court of law.

Black artist need this law passed because of the racist a*s legal system
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 2 months ago '17        #5
Mperfection 
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 Mr.Green E.U.I. said
The fact that there has to be a bill to protect artistry when no other art form is scrutinized is shameful.

Alec Baldwin portrayed k*llers and when he actually k*lled someone his past roles weren’t used against him in a court of law.

Black artist need this law passed because of the racist a*s legal system
Did Alex Baldwin personally pen the characters he portrayed?
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 2 months ago '04        #6
Rayza 
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Banana in the tailpipe

And you n*ggas love it

This leaves it up to the person it was always on to decide

The fu*kin Judge

Judges decide what’s admissible or not

YG the only gangbanger on the panel can still see the clink
Should’ve got at Newsome about them gang enhancements
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 2 months ago '07        #7
Mr.Green E.U.I. 
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 Mperfection said
Did Alex Baldwin personally pen the characters he portrayed?
Another supporter for the complexion of protection

No surprise
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 2 months ago '06        #8
Junglist  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Mr.Green E.U.I. said

Alec Baldwin portrayed k*llers and when he actually k*lled someone his past roles weren’t used against him in a court of law.
What a dumb a*s comparison while willfully acting ignorant
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 2 months ago '07        #9
Mr.Green E.U.I. 
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 Junglist said
What a dumb a*s comparison while willfully acting ignorant
Ur a brainwashed d*ckhead if u think theirs a difference
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 2 months ago '17        #10
OGMiamishank 
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The Drakeo Law We know the truth!!!
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Top 10 most propped recently  2 months ago '22        #11
BreakkerSzn  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x32
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Code your lyrics instead of outright sayin u wacked someone or robbed someone


Last edited by BreakkerSzn; 10-01-2022 at 04:47 AM.. Reason: Old
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 2 months ago '13        #12
Hayek  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x12
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this a good move but honestly idgaf right now. ww3 damn near here we got bigger issues than this sh*t
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 2 months ago '21        #13
SHAMPOOO  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Hope all them Dummy's confess to their Crimes cause Newsome cant stop the FEDS from doing what they do...
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 2 months ago '04        #14
Hardkore  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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the rappers who rap about their ongoing illegal activity bout to move to cali.

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 2 months ago '17        #15
yousabitch 
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 Mystic97 said
The fact that music is even being put out that can be seen as Incriminating yourself to murder and selling crack is shameful
The trash culture.
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 2 months ago '17        #16
yousabitch 
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 BreakkerSzn said
Code your lyrics instead of outright sayin u wacked someone or robbed someone
n*gga stop. Like cops don’t know slang and word play
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 2 months ago '17        #17
Panem  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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It baffles me how in the fu*k y'all really believe this to be a good thing. These fu*king lyrics keep poisoning our community and youth the fu*k yall talk about calling the majority of these degenerates artists... Their is no weight to that title anymore.

Artistic freedom shouldn't apply to promoting violence, vulgar sh*t on a scale as large in hiphop. Quit acting like it aint rap that makes these youngsters move even wilder than before!!! This is a nice chance to start cleaning this sh*t up and better our community.

These dirty democrats aint different from the racist republicans they give us policies that may look beneficial on the first glance but eventually disproportionately affects us negatively.

Once again we as people need to quit accepting this propoganda, lets shift demographics and let chinese start rapping about k*lling their own. Or jews start with violent raps. Why should we embrace that role.
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 2 months ago '13        #18
NoYouWantFindMe 
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If you snitch in a song that you committed an act of terrorism last week, you damn right I want the FBI at your door taking you in for questioning
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 2 months ago '15        #19
Bronx Sasquatch  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Democrat Pandering as usual
Who gives a fu*k about this but some rappers?
What average person thinks this is some great or needed plan?

that some rappers garbage a*s self snitchin lyrics can't be used in court
By the time they are in court it ain't cause of their lyrics feds got real evidence on their a*s and lyrics is just extra sh*t to put on for the jurors it's not a main part of a case they have never locked a rapper up because of lyrics in a song
They ain't got nothing better to come up with than this bullsh*t ?

Remember Ice Cube reaching out to the Biden admin about putting together a REAL plan for black people and the community

And they told him
Uhh yea we'll call you back
And never did



Great job Gayvin I was struggling with how bad rappers were being treated in the court system over their lyrics
I can sleep better at night now
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 2 months ago '22        #20
Booda Sack  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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Democrats view all black people as criminals that’s why the only laws the push for black peoples deal with crime. Finn enough these crime laws only victimized more black people.
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 2 months ago '17        #21
Mperfection 
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 Mr.Green E.U.I. said
Another supporter for the complexion of protection

No surprise
Asked a simple question and since it derailed your theory of course you n*ggas acted like the sh*t wasn't the case. The average n*gga is dumb and stuck in a victim mindset. So yea, slap away here, but nobody in society who isn't black is going to ignore the fact that your statement doesn't make sense.

If Alec Baldwin didn't create the fu*king character, how the hell does this make sense? He portrayed someone else's creation and we were supposed to use that as evidence of what exactly? Why are n*ggas on this site so fu*king garbage?
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 2 months ago '17        #22
Mperfection 
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 Panem said
It baffles me how in the fu*k y'all really believe this to be a good thing. These fu*king lyrics keep poisoning our community and youth the fu*k yall talk about calling the majority of these degenerates artists... Their is no weight to that title anymore.

Artistic freedom shouldn't apply to promoting violence, vulgar sh*t on a scale as large in hiphop. Quit acting like it aint rap that makes these youngsters move even wilder than before!!! This is a nice chance to start cleaning this sh*t up and better our community.

These dirty democrats aint different from the racist republicans they give us policies that may look beneficial on the first glance but eventually disproportionately affects us negatively.

Once again we as people need to quit accepting this propoganda, lets shift demographics and let chinese start rapping about k*lling their own. Or jews start with violent raps. Why should we embrace that role.
What k*lls me is n*ggas will point out that the system against us, and never apply any deeper thinking to sh*t they view as progressive legislation. Stop thinking on a fu*king surface level and view the whole picture. I'm just accepting a lot of n*ggas can't and that's why we continue to be fooled with false progress and sh*t Like this.

I'm a bay area native and when I tell you these liberals are possibly worst than the in your face racists, n*ggas can't believe it. The real thing is we never see it coming from these "allies", and half the sh*t they do keeps us from growing at all. This is a perfect example. This sh*t is destroying our communities and they easily fool n*ggas with some sh*t like this which does nothing for 99.9999% of n*ggas. On the flip side, now the k*llers and robbers can sing about their crimes and draw in another generation. But n*ggas can't see it.


Last edited by Mperfection; 10-01-2022 at 08:33 AM..
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 2 months ago '05        #23
ice wolf  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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Only a moron like Newsom would spend tax payer $ on an initiative like this
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 2 months ago '04        #24
R Dot 
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 ice wolf said
Only a moron like Newsom would spend tax payer $ on an initiative like this
He's WEF

Eat Bugs and Own Nothing

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 2 months ago '17        #25
FashCashVasquez  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x14
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Now they should get bill passed

Something like ice cube did with trump

To give youth alternates
In every city

Ofcourse they won't do that
They have prison industrial complex to
Keep in business





Crime pays
People in high places
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