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Rap music on trial: prosecutors are increasingly using rap lyrics as criminal evidence, raising a difficult legal question: where is the line between art and confession?
For most rap fans, the YouTube clip of Antwain Steward's "Ride Out" probably didn't raise many alarms. Steward, who performed under the name Twain Gotti, used gritty, violent imagery in his music, as many rap artists do.
"Listen, walked to your boy and I approached him, 12 midnight on his traphouse porch," Steward sang. "But nobody saw when I [expletive] smoked him, roped him, sharpened up the shank, then I poked him, .357 Smith & Wesson beam scoped him."
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