Prosecuting Rap

This project investigates how violent rap lyrics are used in criminal cases in the US and, to a lesser extent, the UK. 

Violent rap lyrics are increasingly used as evidence in criminal cases in the US and, to a lesser extent, the UK. Prosecutors are eager to use rap verses penned by defendants because the violent lyrics tend to bolster their cases, helping them secure convictions. However, many defence lawyers, civil liberties groups and scholars are alarmed by the proliferation of the legal use of rap as evidence, which is often prejudicial.

Please contact eithne.quinn@manchester.ac.uk for enquiries about this research.