Young Thug, Gunna, and the YSL crew go on trial for RICO and other crimes on January 5th.
Thugger's lawyers don't want his client's lyrics held against him.
They've filed a petition to Judge Ural Glanville to keep Thug's bars out of court.
“The admission and use of these lyrics/poetry/artistry against [Young Thug] in his upcoming trial would be a Constitutional violation and an abuse of discretion, too prejudicial and unconstitutional. Moreover, using these lyrics/poetry/artistry/speech against [Young Thug] is racist and discriminatory because the jury will be so poisoned and prejudiced by these lyrics/poetry/artistry/speech.”
And that's not all:
“[Young Thug] has the absolute right, like all persons in America, to exercise lawful speech/expression,” his lawyers argued. “Therefore, these lyrics/poetry/words/speech/artistry must be excluded from the Indictment and excluded from all testimony and evidence presented in trial. Further, any videos, photographs, posts or like images that deal with these lyrics/words/speech/poetry/artistry must also be excluded from trial. Said videos et al. are protected speech/expression.”
There has been a national movement to keep rap lyrics out of court.
However, this seems like a big ask, especially if the prosecutors can link Thug's words and images to specific crimes.
Glanville hasn't ruled on the petition yet.
The trial is expected to last the better part of the year.