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Remy Ma Prosecutor Pushes for ‘Morality Clause’ in Recording Contracts

Bronx rapper Remy Ma is currently behind bars serving an eight-year sentence for the 2007 shooting of her former pal, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, over a financial dispute in New York City. Ma caught a break after the prosecution’s original request for a thirteen-year sentence was slimmed down to eight. But, with six years remaining on Ma’s sentence, Lauren P. Raysor — Barnes-Joseph’s lawyer and a leading New York civil rights attorney — has not found peace with the punishment and has presented a proposal that would hold record companies responsible for any violent acts by their artists.

According to a press release, “Lauren P. Raysor is asking all record companies to insert a ‘morality clause’ in their contracts with all artists — not just rap and hip-hop artists — as a way to show them there are consequences for their actions.” In her quest Raysor is armed with “visuals explaining what the morality clause entails, as well as a 12-foot-long timeline chronicling violent incidents involving rap and hip-hop artists.”

Remy Ma still maintains her innocence in the shooting case. She released her 2006 debut ‘There’s Something about Remy: Based on a True Story’ via SRC Records, a Universal Music Group subsidiary, but parted ways with the label in 2007. Several mixtapes followed between 2007 and 2008, released on independents like Sure Shot Recordings and Amalgam Entertainment. In 2008 Barnes-Joseph tried suing UMG and Sure Shot for millions.

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