Having a rap career may land a San Diego man in prison.
A rapper known as Tiny Doo has reportedly been hit with gang conspiracy charges and faces attempted murder charges along with 14 other gang members for involvement in nine local shootings that happened last year. Doo, however, was not involved in any of the shootings because he has been focusing on his rap career. His album, No Safety, was released back in February for free on Soundcloud.
Tiny, born Brandon Duncan, is in trouble because in 2000, a California law was put into effect that states gang members can be prosecuted if they benefit from the crimes of other gang members. Duncan is believed to have benefited from his fellow gang members’ activities because it helped them gain street credibility, which allegedly boosted Duncan’s record sales. Duncan, who has worked with Lil’ Wayne, does not have a 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,” said Brian Watkins, Duncan’s attorney.
Court has resumed this week and a decision has not been made in the case.