Judge presiding over the Tekashi 6ix9ine trial rules that his music videos can be played in trial.
According to a report by Page Six, the judge presiding over the racketeering trial against two associates of Tekashi 6ix9ine will allow jurors to see snippets of three of the rapper’s music videos. He also said, he wouldn’t hear of Tekashi‘s prior conviction on the Child Sex Case. The judge, Paul Engelmeyer who isn’t a huge fan of the rainbow haired rapper, questioned if he was truly an artist citing his very misogynistic videos.
The songs which the Federal court judge has allowed to play clips from their videos include, Billy, GUMMO and KOODA. This is merely for prosecutors to prove their case against Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack (members of the Trey Gangsta Bloods). He wasted no time to call the government out for trying to includes lyrics ” filled with rank misogyny” into the case.
Because Tekashi is expected to testify against Ellison and Mack, the judge had to question the trial’s potential jurors on whether they have an idea who the rapper is. Shocked at being corrected to call Tekashi a “rap artist” instead of a “rap musician”, the judge said “That raises the age-old issue of ‘what is art?‘”.
The judge went further to criticize some of Tekashi‘s songs, especially the ones he approved to be played in trial. Of Gummo rhymes, he called them explicitly sexual in nature. The judge also said that KOODA contains “misogynistic segments that could be unfairly prejudicial, as well as repeated threats to kill the rival rapper’s mother.”