Tiny Doo Released, Still Faces Life In Prison Over Rap Lyrics [VIDEO]
Tiny Doo, the rapper who prosecutors claim profited from gang culture and violence in San Diego, Calif., has been released from jail. But his legal case is far from over.
Doo, whose real name is Brandon Duncan, recently appear on CNN with his attorney, Brian Watkins, to discuss this baffling case, which clearly violates his First Amendment right to freely express himself.
The San Diego rapper faces nine counts of criminal street gang conspiracy because prosecutors alleged that he profited from the violent actions of a gang. They believe Doo’s album, ‘No Safety,’ increased his and the gang’s stature in San Diego and that his lyrics are a direct correlation to the rash of shootings in the city in 2013.
Doo denies any involvement in a gang and doesn’t have a criminal record. Last month, he pleaded not guilty to gang conspiracy charges.
In his interview with Don Lemon, Doo says he’s just painting true stories about the street life through his music.
"The studio is my canvas. I'm just painting a picture," he said. "I'm not telling anybody to go out and kill somebody."
If convicted on these charges, the 25-year-old rapper could face life in prison.
Doo believes that San Diego prosecutors are not trying to stamp out gangs in their city but rather black men.
“These people have you scared to do anything around here,” he stated. “I feel like they are trying to eradicate black men.”
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