RAP Act introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

A new bill aimed at limiting the use of rap lyrics as evidence in court has reached Congress.

The Restoring Artistic Protection Act (RAP Act) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, amid growing concerns over lyrics being used against artistes in criminal cases.

Aimed at amending Federal Rules of Evidence laws, the first-of-its-kind bill seeks to limit the admissibility of evidence of a defendant's creative or artistic expression against such defendant in a criminal proceeding and for other purposes.

The RAP Act, which closely mirrors the "Rap Music on Trial" bill that passed in the New York State Senate in May, has the backing of various music industry groups, including the Recording Academy (the Grammys), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and Warner Music Group.

The proposed bill comes as rappers Young Thug and Gunna are behind bars on racketeering charges, as prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia have accused them of being part of a violent criminal street gang.

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