The state senate passed the “Rap Music on Trial” bill at the encouragement of Jay-Z and others.
Although the incident with those hip hop artists are located in Atlanta, now the New York State Senate passed a bill that would put limits on how lyrics could be used in court according to Complex.
The legislation, Senate Bill S75727, has been coined as the “Rap Music on Trial” bill. While it won’t completely ban song lyrics from being used as evidence, lyrics now have to be proven to be “literal, rather than figurative or fictional.”
“This is an issue that’s important to [Jay] and all the other artists that have come together to try to being about this change,” said Jay-Z’s attorney, Alex Spiro. “This is a long time coming. Mr. Carter is from New York, and if he can lend his name and his weight, that’s what he wants to do.”
The bill was introduced way back in November, and is the first of its kind to be passed in the United States.
Many rappers have suffered from the use of lyrics as evidence, including Mac Phipps, who spent 20 years in prison. Phipps shared his thoughts about the bill’s passage.
“Criminal cases should be tried on factual evidence not the creative expression of an artist,” he wrote in a statement.
The bill still must be passed by the state assembly.