San Diego rapper Tiny Doo, Brandon Duncan, has been charged in a series of nine gang shootings. There does not seem to be any evidence that he was directly involved in any of the shootings, but according to San Diego County District Attorney Anthony Campagna, Tiny Doo shares culpability because his album, No Safety, . .
. . . “willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang.” Essentially, Tiny Doo is accused of spreading gang propaganda through his album.
The DA has not spoken to the press, but judging from what he has said in court, his case places a lot of weight on the album cover of Tiny Doo’s No Safety (ironically, the pistol’s safety lock can clearly be seen in the photo on the cover) . . .
As reported in the L.A. Times:
But in court, Deputy Dist. Atty. Anthony Campagna noted of the case against Duncan, ‘We’re not just talking about an album of anything, of love songs.’ The cover shows a revolver with bullets, Campagna told the judge.”
How many gangsta rap albums don’t feature firearms on the covers or in the lyrics?
But gangsta rap is far from the only genre that does so.
Were he still alive, I guess Jr. Walker could expect the cops to be knocking on his door . . .
. . . along with Johnny Cash:
Willie Nelson has had trouble with the IRS, but could Shotgun Willie soon be dealing with the ATF?
Along with other country gangstas, uh, outlaws:
And I am really looking forward to seeing what happens if they come after Ted Nugent‘s guns: