Here is a story, you may not have heard but isn’t current. This is pretty well known in the reggaeton scene, but probably not so much in the Anglo Sphere. Long story short, there was a PR Rapper named Tempo, he was immensenly popular gangster-rapper reggaeton artist, in several of his songs he claimed he was personally involved in drug trafficking and criminal activities. The feds nabbed Tempo, put him on trial and used his lyrics that he wrote in the first person about his experiences as a means to convict him of the levied charges. He is serving between 20-30 years.
Do you think this is just? Why or why not? Why has this only happened in Puerto Rico? Why not put Puffy, and Fifty on trial for their musical confession of guilt?
To be honest, I find this kind of humorous, I can imagine the trial. “So you’re saying in these songs, which are linked to your image are untrue?” “Yes.” “So you profit from selling lies to the public?” “No.” “So you weren’t lying then?” “No.” “Aaaahhhh. So the truth finally comes out. If you would lie to your clientele, why wouldn’t you lie to us, look here at line 37 of the popular, ‘Gangbang and Murder,’ track, in here you describe…” lol.
"Post script regarding Tempo’s sentence & appeal:
As the story goes, just as Tempo was about to sign with an American record label, he was arrested and incarcerated. Now, doing over twenty years at a federal prison in Puerto Rico, his future is remains uncertain. An appeal is underway and he may once again see the light of day. If such is not the case it would be a shame to see his talents go to waste. For now enjoy him for what he once was. With vocals capable of crafting the perfect rhyme, these sixteen trailblazing tracks are indispensable for anyone with the slightest interest in the history of reggaeton. "