With 17 days before his court hearing commences a list of songs that will be used by prosecutors against Atlanta rapper Young Thug have been released.
Even though defence attorneys had asked the judge to exclude the usage of the Grammy award winning artist songs in the case arguing that lyrics are constitutionally protected speech and would be unfairly prejudicial, Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Ural Glanville sided with prosecutors.
Judge Ural just made the ruling giving a go-ahead to prosecutors to present 17 sets of lyrics they have identified as long as they can show that the lyrics are related to crimes that the rapper and others are accused of committing.
Following this it has been revealed that lyrics from some of his great hits such as 'Really Be Slime', 'Anybody', and 'Slime S*@t' among other songs will be admissible as evidence in court as his trial is set to begin on November 27, 2023.
The judge noted that the songs will be used “...to prove other things your clients may have been involved in. I don’t think it’s an attack on free speech".
One of the prosecutors noted that he had separated the lyrics into three categories: those that prove the existence of YSL as an enterprise, those that show the gang’s behaviour and actions, and those that show that Young Thug is a leader of the gang.
The 32 year old 'City Girls' hitmaker was arrested on the 10th of May 2022 in Atlanta on charges of participating in street gang activity and conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrup Organizations (RICO) act.
He is also on trial for allegedly running a gang, Young Slime Life (YSL), which executed murders & carjackings, trafficked drugs and was involved in a number of other crimes for approximately 10 years.