Rap Genius Is an Oddly Appropriate Venue For This Story About Rap Lyrics Being Used Against Rappers in Court

Jordan Sargent · 04/15/16 02:05PM

Today on the internet, there is an interview with Erik Nielson, a professor of literature and hip-hop at the University of Richmond, on the subject of rap lyrics being used against young men of color in criminal trials across the country. Nielson has written about the phenomenon and has served as an expert witness for defense attorneys hoping to convince juries that their clients are not violent criminals based on lyrics they may or may not have rapped.

Record Company Says It's Censoring Lil Wayne's Emmett Till Reference

Rich Juzwiak · 02/15/13 02:25PM

A few days ago, a remix of Autotuned warbler Future's "Karate Chop" made its way onto the Internet. Metaphorical extraordinaire Lil Wayne guests on the track and in his own Autotuned warble, delivers the line, "Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till."