Newsom Signs Bill That Restricts Use of Rap Lyrics in Court

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act Friday, which restricts the use of rap lyrics as evidence in California courts, according to Variety.

The state Senate and Assembly unanimously approved the bill, AB 2799, in August. Rap artists Killer Mike, Meek Mill, Too $hort, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, E-40 and Tyga reportedly spoke about the importance of the legislation at a virtual bill signing ceremony, as well as Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of The Recording Academy.

“Today we celebrate an important victory for music creators in the state of California,” Mason said. “Silencing any genre or form of artistic expression is a violation against all music people. The history that’s been made in California today will help pave the way forward in the fight to protect creative freedom nationwide.”

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