Rapper Sentenced To 12 Years Prison For ‘Violent Lyrics’
A judge uses rap lyrics to sentence 20-year-old Dallas rapper NaNa to 12 years in prisonhttps://t.co/pajCaE8EgF
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DALLAS, TEXAS — While it’s common that rappers flow about their lives and everyday experiences, it’s never made sense that they’d admit to crimes via lyrics. It has cost this artist his freedom.
According to Dallas News, the 20-year-old’s name is Nykees Earl Campbell, but everyone knows him as “NaNa.” The source says he pretty much bragged himself into a cell by lyrical admission regarding drive-by shootings and other gang violence.
The source says Campbell wanted to rap about what was real. So, instead of hiring a ghostwriter or making up anything, he went hard on YouTube and Facebook Live talking about his war with a rival gang. Apparently, Campbell was in the streets taking lives.
Prosecutors allegedly ate him up and spat him out when the judge listened to his lyrics. And, they didn’t go easy on the rapper, offering up serious federal prison time.
During the case, prosecutors reportedly matched his words with actual unsolved crimes in the area — including an ambush robbery where he allegedly shot a man eight times as he was asleep in bed.
Interestingly, Campbell hasn’t been charged with those crimes. For now, he’s just a suspect.
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On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn said the lyrical evidence prompted her to sentence Campbell — who’s leader of the YNB Stretch Gang in South Dallas — to 12 years, federal prison.
According to the source, Campbell’s guilty plea in February for a cocaine distribution charge made the stick. Campbell was initially facing almost six years in prison.
But Dallas News states that Lynn granted Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Calvert’s request for an “enhanced” prison term due to the rapper’s alleged admitted gang activities. There was really nothing Campbell could say after they played documented videos from his social media accounts during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.
The source says Lynn rarely grants requests for punishment above the sentencing guidelines. Yet, Campbell seemingly struck a nerve, and she told him those words “came out of your mouth.” And his lyrics matched real crimes in the area, specifically the man who was sleeping.
“You’re bragging about shooting a person,” Lynn said. “It’s violence times 10 at every phase.”
According to Wednesday’s testimony, innocent bystanders — even as young as 6 years old — were shot as gang members sprayed bullets in public.
Reportedly, Lynn called these multiple accounts, and others, “chilling.” Ultimately, she deemed Campbell a danger to the community.
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“I’m not punishing you for making rap videos,” Lynn noted, adding that his rap lyrics provided her with insight into his mind.
However, Campbell’s lawyer, Dianne Jones McVay feels differently about it.
“My client is guilty of rapping,” she said. “They can’t prove their murders … but they want to blame my client for all of them.”
McVay claims the government is simply blaming Campbell for crimes local police haven’t been able to solve.
Whatever the case, Eric Barnes, a Dallas police homicide detective, says Campbell and other members of the gang remain key suspects in the aforementioned crimes.
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