It’s important that we ALL know our rights and first and foremost the first amendment that protects all Americans freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the right to assemble peacefully.
In 2015 all worlds collide as Killer Mike, T.I. and Big Boi stand up for Hip-Hop in front of the Supreme Court yesterday. The case involving the young rapper, Taylor Bell (T-Bizzle) who was suspended from his in 2011 for making a song alleging that two coaches were sexually harassing students brought the MC’s to the nation’s capital and defend Hip Hop and further more Taylor’s voice in exercising his rights.
Bell’s song enabled a negative chain of events that caused him to involuntarily transfer schools which later lead to his family suing his original school because they violated his right to free speech. Bell lost his original case but the judge saw that the school did not argue that what he said in the song wasn’t factual. The school simply scrutinized the profanity and grammatical structure. According to a report four female students turned in sworn affidavits that detail the factual basis of the sexual harassment from the coaches.
With clear basis indicated Hip Hop heavy hitters have taken the platform to stand up for what’s right and call out what’s wrong in the situation. Killer Mike went on the record to New York Times saying, “Anyone who is learned in law is capable of separating art and lyrics, whether you agree with them or not, and actual human behavior.” He went on to elaborate on the underlying issue in music, how the messages are received based on the artist is carrying it in stating, “I think the courts understand it when it’s Johnny Cash. I think they understand it when it’s Robert Nesta Marley.” With so much truth unfolding about the legal system today it’s no turning a blind eye anymore. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has time to stall. They don’t have to make a decision on hearing the case out until around February of 2016. It’s no question though, with Hip Hop behind Taylor it’s artist who carry the culture will continue to apply the pressure until change happens. It’s simple to Killer Mike, “I see a kid who saw wrong happening and was outraged about it so he wrote a poem about it over a beat.”
As this story develops we will continue to keep you posted.