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How the Lyrics of Two Violent Rap Songs Could Redefine Your Online Free Speech Protections

Student Press Law Center | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Student Press Law Center

Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man in the midst of losing his job and his wife, turned to Facebook to write violent rap lyrics under the pseudonym Tone Dougie. He was subsequently arrested in December 2010 after his estranged wife and law enforcement found his lyrics were threatening.

Aspiring Rapper Gets Life Sentence After Rap Lyrics Used As Evidence

REUTERS | Nate Raymond | Posted 04.03.2015 | Home

(Reuters) - An accused New York City gang member was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for a slew of violent crimes, including three murders, af...

10 Essential Entrepreneurial Lessons From the Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments

Ciara Pressler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Home
Ciara Pressler

Of the many great insights gleaned from rap lyrics, few are as applicable to startup success as The Notorious B.I.G.'s 10 Crack Commandments.

A Complete List Of People Who Want To Know What 'Turn Down For What' Means

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.02.2014 | Home

Though the song was released at the end of last year, Lil Jon and DJ Snake's "Turn Down For What" has infiltrated FM airwaves as of late. As such, rad...

Supreme Court Should Decide Whether Rap Lyrics Are Free Speech

Clay Calvert | Posted 06.03.2014 | Home
Clay Calvert

It's time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the critical issue of how the combustible combination of rap music, social media and violent imagery are pushing the envelope of the First Amendment right to free speech.

If Rappers Were Copywriters

Simon Goetz | Posted 02.02.2014 | Home
Simon Goetz

I'm selling dope, straight off the iPhone. Are you saying that you're actually selling drugs using your iPhone? We ran it by Marketing and they love your energy, but insist the copy is way off brand.

These Hip-Hop Lyrics Will Teach You How To Run A Startup

Forbes | Natalie Robehmed | Posted 07.26.2013 | Home

Forbes “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” declared Jay Z, worth $475 million at Forbes’ last count. Rappers have long mused on...

Rap Quotes Invade Streets Of New York

Posted 05.08.2013 | Home

For the project "Rap Quotes," Jay Shells put his graphic design skills to use with a series of bright red signs emblazoned with lyrics from famous hip...

RAP: Rhythm and Poetry Lyrical Content

Hasan Khan | Posted 04.03.2013 | Home
Hasan Khan

In this installment of my series on rap, will be examining the lyrical content: the metaphors, imagery, controversy, story-telling, etc. tells its own story about the genre.

State of the Rap Union: Bizarre Rules

Gideon Resnick | Posted 05.02.2012 | Home
Gideon Resnick

Rap is no longer relatable to normal life. If people can't relate to tracks on Watch the Throne beyond their danceability, it only makes sense that their attention will turn towards brash, un-groomed rappers.

Jay-Z Reminds Me of Republicans

Adia Colar | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
Adia Colar

The more people need things to be personal to them in order for them to do "the right thing" -- whatever that is -- the more skewed our world is.

Dear Jay-Z: You Should Have Written That Poem

Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Lisa Belkin

I hope you understand that while the words attributed to you may have been fake, the response of countless fans to what they thought was your announcement was very, very real.

Should I Thank Jay-Z For Not Calling Me A Bitch Anymore?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Lisa Belkin

Jay-Z is not the first man to realize he has been a misogynistic jerk only after he has a daughter. Scientists have found examples of others.

'It Was All A Dream'

Adam Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Adam Bradley

"The Anthology of Rap" is meant to complement, not to replace, the host of hip-hop lyrics and other materials available in print and online.

Jay-Z Book Cover Revealed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Featuring an image of Andy Warhol's "Rorschach" on the cover, the fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from Jay-Z's extensive catalog, offering an ...

Rappers Explaining Sex: The Only Thing Worse Than Abstinence-Only Education

Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If you have questions about sex, look no further. Don't bother with diagrams and informational videos, just listen to these rappers--they have all the...

The Most Ridiculous Rap Lyrics Of All Time

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home


Master P, Hip-Hop Execs Testify Before Congress

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

What a difference a week makes. Last week, the purveyors of rap music cheered as new CDs from Kanye West and 50 Cent burst onto the top of the Billbo...