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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Melly, born Jamell Demons, stands accused of shooting his friends multiple times and staging a crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting. The incident conjures a haunting image: two gruesome deaths shrouded in mystery, thought to be the result of senseless violence, but upon closer examination, perhaps the result of something more sinister. It's unknown what kind of gun was used to kill Williams and Thomas Jr. The visual begins with a chain-heavy Melly cradling a man covered in blood and surrounded by yellow tape while two children look on next to a police officer. Melly appears several times in various scenarios in the video: bound by a straitjacket, wearing a large snake draped around his shoulders, and, for the majority of the time, pointing guns at the camera. The theme, it should be noted, is not new in hip-hop — nor is rapping about illicit activities.
An up-and-coming Florida rapper who racked up 88 million Youtube views for a track called Murder on My Mind has been arrested over a double murder. The year-old is accused of gunning down fellow aspiring rappers Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas Jr. Henry drove the two men to hospital, where they died of multiple gunshot wounds, and then allegedly gave a false account of events in a police interview. His latest album features a collaboration with Kanye West. The video for his single Murder on My Mind has been viewed more than 88 million times on Youtube since it was released in August last year. Demons had been scheduled to begin a US tour this evening to promote his new album. Instead, he is now in police custody.
Jamell Demons, better known as YNW Melly, was arrested last Wednesday, February 13, and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. This dangerous link between life and lyrics is unlikely to shock Melly. Shortly after Melly was freed in , he went back to jail for violating his probation. Charis E. Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at University of California, Irvine, has dedicated much of the past half-decade to researching the use of rap lyrics in courtrooms and fielding calls from defense lawyers who want their clients' art to be deemed inadmissible. Kubrin wants to see rap lyrics excluded from the courtroom in almost all cases. Her research indicates that the benefits of using lyrics in court are far outweighed by their misleading impact when read out to a jury. Jurors and judges are unlikely to understand the conventions of rap, the exaggerations and fictions built into its foundations, or even the line between art and artist. Can the public turning against YNW Melly have an impact on this case? I got interested in this issue when I was asked to be an expert witness in a case involving an aspiring rapper who had his lyrics used against him.