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HuffPost | Killer Mike Deplores Prosecution Of McKinley Phipps: ‘We Must Stand With Artists Like Mac’
I’ve shared articles and I’ve written about Mac’s incarceration for a number of years. His legal situation has never really gotten any media buzz, but lately in the last 6 months are so, that seems to have changed. Mac was one of the most prolific southern lyricist of the No Limit era. If you were to ask most people who grew up in the No Limit era who actually wanted lyrics to go with the 808s of Beats By the Pound who their favorite artist were, it would most likely read as Mystikal, Mia X & Mac, with an extra name thrown in to show that they aren’t hip hop snobs.
Below is an article taken directly from HuffPost Black Voice’s website.
NEW ORLEANS — Rap musician Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, stood up for jailed recording artist McKinley “Mac” Phipps on Wednesday, telling Dillard University students that a prosecutor’s twisting of Phipps’ lyrics during his manslaughter trial threatens everyone’s free speech.
“If we let this stand, what you’re going to see is that tool is going to be used to wipe out an entire potential generation of [artists] out of our community,” Killer Mike told students of the historically black college in Cook Auditorium.
“It becomes a danger to you … because it just becomes another tool that prosecutors can now use to … strip you of your freedom of speech, which is guaranteed to every American,” Killer Mike said. “So we must stand with artists like Mac.”
Phipps, serving 30 years for manslaughter in the Feb. 21, 2000, shooting death of a fan at a concert in nearby St. Tammany Parish, was convicted by a jury that heard from an eyewitness who now says she lied when she fingered him as the gunman because of prosecutors’ threats to charge her, and a prosecutor who misleadingly spliced together lyrics from two Phipps songs, according to a four-month Huffington Post review of Phipps’ conviction published last week. Four other witnesses to the shooting told HuffPost they also were threatened, intimidated or outright ignored by investigators.
The witnesses in recent days have signed sworn affidavits, which Phipps’ lawyer plans to use to ask for a new trial.
Killer Mike, who was invited to the Dillard campus by university President Walter Kimbrough to discuss hip-hop ethical behavior and community relations, devoted a significant portion of his lecture to Phipps’ case.
“I was a diehard No Limit fan,” Killer Mike said, referring to Phipps’ recording label. “Mac had some jamming records, seemed like a great guy and all of a sudden he was locked up and convicted of murder and it turns out that at that time many of us fans had heard Mac was not guilty and was essentially being framed.”
In the late ’90s, Phipps was a young hip-hop artist known as “Mac the Camouflage Assassin.” Master P had signed him to No Limit Records, alongside Snoop Dogg and Mystikal. He was a member of the 504 Boyz, and their 2000 album, “Goodfellas,” went gold, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
In 2000, when Phipps was 22, he was swept up in the investigation of 19-year-old Barron Victor Jr.’s killing. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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