Young Thug Sends A Message To Fans From Detention At Hot 97 Summer Jam
Young Thug was unable to attend Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2022 on Sunday (June 12) because to his recent RICO arrest, but the Atlanta rapper’s presence could still be felt inside MetLife Stadium.
Before the night’s main act, Fivio Foreign, took the stage, Hot 97 broadcasted a video inside the stadium including DJ Khaled, Polo G, and G Herbo expressing their support for Thugga and Gunna (who is also in jail on a RICO charge), as well as artistic expression in rap music.
Young Thug addressed his supporters from behind bars in a pre-recorded voice message at the end of the video. “I just want to say thank you to all of my friends and my family for coming out and supporting us,” he stated. “You know, your support during this time means a lot to us, ya know.”
Thug then urged his followers to sign the petition Rap Music on Trial: Protect Black Art, which was created last week by music executives Kevin Liles and Julie Greenwald. He also asked politicians to prohibit rap lyrics from being used in court to convict artists of alleged crimes.
Young Thug On Protecting Black Artists:
“You know, this isn’t just about me or YSL, I always use my music as a form of artistic expression, and now I see that Black artists and rappers don’t have that, you know, freedom,” he added. “Everybody please sign the ‘Protect Black Art’ petition and keep praying for us. I love you all.”
Last month, the New York Senate passed the “Rap Music on Trial” measure, which restricts the “admissibility of evidence of a defendant’s creative or artistic expression in a criminal proceeding.” However, as Thug and Gunna’s RICO lawsuit (filed in Fulton County, Georgia) demonstrates, the problem persists throughout the United States.
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