Bun B made an appearance on MSNBC to discuss the use of rap lyrics and videos as evidence in the courtroom. The conversation was sparked after the New York Times published an article titled Seeking Clues to Gangs and Crime, Detectives Monitor Internet Rap Videos that challenged policemen’s new interest in rap verses as a way of understanding gang rivalries and shootings. Next week, the New Jersey Supreme Court will decide whether the rap lyrics of a man on trial for attempted murder should be used as evidence in his trial.
Bun B, who teaches at Rice University in his native Houston, Texas, spoke on freedom of speech and how certain rappers express what’s going on in their neighborhood in their lyrics and have a right to do so.
Bun B was also asked about his rumored run for Houston mayor. “I don’t think I’m going be able to run in 2015. It’s just not practical,” he said. “I haven’t had any real experience in the political world. I will probably, you know, if I would look to run for mayor, I’d probably want to start somewhere in city council, get the feel of local politics…dip my feet in the water and get a feel for it.”