Karlanna Lewis

Criminalizing Hip Hop

While at home after school in January 2011, Taylor Bell, then a senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, posted a rap song on Facebook (and later YouTube) to protest two gym coaches’ perverted behavior. The song was entitled “PS Koaches” or “PSK The Truth Needs To Be Told” (likely a nod to… Read more »

Hip Hop Is Down by Law (Just Don’t Take it to the Court)

In 1992, a California jury convicted Offord Rollins, IV, of murdering his former girlfriend. Rollins was a nationally ranked high school triple jumper and an aspirant for Olympic gold. But he was also an amateur rapper, the author of lyrics such as: Let me go, Let me go Bitch let me go She wouldn’t let… Read more »