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Rap Lyrics Will Go “On Trial” At Montana State University

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Montana State University will examine the relationship between hip-hop music and the criminal justice system.

The University is hosting a free public lecture exploring the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials.

“Rap on Trial” will be presented by Charis Kubrin, professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Kubrin knows her shit when it comes to music, culture and social identity, especially as it applies to hip-hop music.

She has written five books and authored dozens of journal articles on these subjects.

Kubrin claims rap music lyrics are being introduced as evidence of a defendant’s guilt in criminal proceedings across the U.S.

It’s a practice where the lines between art and reality become blurred in court, which she had dubbed “rap on trial,” hence the name of her lecture.

Charis Kubrin’s “Rap On Trial” lecture takes place on September 12 at the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University.

Check out her TedTalk on the subject:

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