West Coast rapper Brandon “Tiny Doo” Duncan is reportedly facing a life sentence behind bars over cover art to his new album, No Safety.
According to reports, Doo could become the first musician to land in jail for an album cover decision on gang conspiracy charges.
Prosecutors will reportedly look to prove that the album art “willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang.” “That gang” refers to the San Diego Lincoln Park gang, of which Duncan is a member, according to San Diego police. According to the Times, at least 15 Lincoln Park gang members have been charged in a recent string of shootings in the city. (Breit Bart)
Check out what Tiny Doo’s attorney said about the charges right here…
Doo’s lawyer Brian Watkins questioned the validity of the charges considering his client’s non-existent criminal record.
“It’s shocking. He has no criminal record. Nothing in his lyrics say ‘go out and commit a crime.’ Nothing in his lyrics reference these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy. There are huge constitutional issues.” (Counter Current News)
Reports claim the root of this case stem from Doo’s teenage years as an alleged gang member.
Duncan grew up in a black neighborhood in San Diego where, according to lawyer Deanne Arthur, gang activity is common. Police took down Duncan’s name in 1998 — he would have been 17 years old — though he wasn’t charged with a crime. At the time, Duncan was affiliated with the Lincoln Park Bloods, though Arthur said the affiliation had more to do with proximity than anything else. (Buzz Feed)