Andrea L. Dennis presents Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America

Should Johnny Cash have been charged with murder after he sang, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die"? Few would seriously subscribe to this notion of justice, yet prosecutors have used rap lyrics to secure convictions and an alarming number of aspiring rappers are behind bars. Rap on Trial places this disturbing practice in the context of hip hop history and exposes what's at stake. It's a gripping, timely exploration at the crossroads of contemporary hip hop and mass incarceration.

Andrea L. Dennis is a professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and was formerly an assistant federal public defender. A co-author of Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America, she lives in Athens, Georgia.

 

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781620973400
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Published: New Press - November 12th, 2019