Can Death Threats in a Rap Song Be Criminal Threats?

There are certainly many songs that glorify the “thug life” and address violence against others.  However, can such lyrics by the author constitute criminal threats such that the singer can be arrested, charged and convicted of criminal threats?  Obviously, the specificity of the threats is the issue – the more specific, the more likely it is a crime.  To read about an appellate decision that addressed this factual scenario, click on the following link.

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