San Diego, CA rapper Tiny Doo dodged life in prison this week, when he had gang conspiracy charged dismissed.
According to NBC San Diego, a judge dropped charges against the rapper (real name: Brandon Duncan), as part of an ongoing gang case.
Tiny Doo was arrested in November, along with 14 other gang members, and charged in a gang conspiracy case that claimed his music inspired shootings against gang rivals.
The charges were reportedly dropped due to lack of evidence.
He told NBC San Diego that his music was, quite literally, being put on trial. “If you want to hear my music, you want to listen to it, it’s not promoting anything,” he said. “I’m not telling anybody to commit no crime, I’m not telling anybody to do anything. It’s just artistry. I’m painting a picture of an urban community.”
Prosecutors attempted to link Tiny Doo with a 15-year-old conspiracy law that states that active gang members can be charged for crimes committed by other gang members, regardless of their actual involvement in the crime.
The law also states that prosecutors are required to prove that the person or persons charged had to have benefited from the gang crime.
Prosecutors in the case attempted to accuse him of benefiting from added street cred as a result of the shootings.