This week marked the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency and that alone is enough to make anyone logout and go lay down. Whether it was Mercury retrograde or Aquarius season, we’re willing to bet two black N95 masks that sometime this week your tolerance level fell lower than Biden’s approval rating. In case you were unable to scroll while trying to stay warm, here’s a few things you might have missed this week.
1. Jay-Z Pushes NY Law To Stop Rap Lyrics From Being ‘Weaponised’ In Court
Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Fat Joe, and Big Sean were just a few of many musical acts that are pushing for New York prosecutors to stop using rap lyrics in attempts to prove guilt during criminal trials. They are all backing the proposed Senate Bill S7527, also known as “Rap Music on Trial,” with the hopes of it becoming state law, as reported by Rolling Stone.
In a signed letter by the 4:44 rapper, obtained by Rolling Stone from his attorney Alex Spiro, Jay-Z says, “Rather than acknowledge rap music as a form of artistic expression, police and prosecutors argue that the lyrics should be interpreted literally — in the words of one prosecutor, as ‘autobiographical journals’ — even though the genre is rooted in a long tradition of storytelling that privileges figurative language, is steeped in hyperbole, and employs all of the same poetic devices we find in more traditional works of poetry.”
The legislation was first proposed in November by Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Senator Jamaal Bailey (D-The Bronx), and Assembly member Catalina Cruz (D-Queens) and passed through the New York Senate Codes committee on Tuesday. The bill is now headed for a full vote on the Senate floor.
2. Phat Tuesday: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy Docuseries Coming To Prime Video
Comedian Guy Torry (American History X, Life) has gotten a green light from Prime Video for his docuseries, Phat Tuesdays. The three-episode docuseries follows Torry, creator and host of the famed Phat…