Rap lyrics used as evidence in criminal cases

This report aired on PBS NewsHour Weekend on June 29, 2014.

Based largely on a rap he wrote, and accounts of two witnesses given years after the shooting, rapper Antwain Steward was arrested and charged with double murder. Critics contend rap is a musical art form that should not be taken as evidence of criminal behavior. But some prosecutors say they don’t buy the argument that the work is all fiction.

Producers/Writers: William Brangham and Saskia de Melker
Correspondent: William Brangham
Camera:  William Brangham and Saskia de Melker
Editor: David Kreger