In what has been called the first significant victory for NBA YoungBoy as his gun possession trial begins in California, lyrics from his songs “Gunsmoke” and “Life Support” have been struck out as evidence.
That was one of the major prayers of his lawyer, Mohammed Gangat, who’d also expressed scepticism about the composition of the jury that might hear the case.
In a tweet, he’d noted that Los Angeles County has a 7.9 per cent Africa-American population and that there are about 50 potential jurors for the NBA Youngboy trial. Given that number, between four to five jury members should be African-American.
However, according to him, it’s unlikely there would be up to five or even four African-Americans as part of the jury. At most, there’d be just one of them. And, of course, that might not be in the interest of the controversial rapper.
The exclusion of lyrics from his songs “Gunsmoke” and “Life Support” as part of evidence will especially resonate with the hip hop community, given that lyrics have been used against rappers in the past. Think Bobby Shmurda, Tay-K, and YSL collective.
It will be interesting to see what direction the trial will follow after this small victory.