Rapper C-Murder in Hot Water Over New Album & Video Recorded/Shot Behind Bars.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee Incensed Over This Turn of Events; Threatens to Sue to Recover Profits From Future Album & Video Sales
NEW YORK, NY-- Feb 25, 2005 -- Sheriff Harry Lee Previously Accused of Racial Profiling in Los Angeles Times Article
"Y'all Heard of Me" Video From C-Murder (Feat. B.G.) Now Streaming Exclusively on http://www.Allhiphop.com
New C-Murder Album, "The Truest S*** I Ever Said" Drops on March 22nd
Controversy has found incarcerated rapper Corey Miller (a.k.a. C-Murder) yet once again. Since being held behind bars for the better part of the last 3 years at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, Louisiana, C has put together an album of all new material featuring 17 new tracks recorded in jail.
In-turn, local jail Sheriff Harry Lee has expressed his disgust at this turn of events and is furious that the rapper would be allowed to work on a commercial venture while serving time. An angry Mr. Lee is vowing to exact revenge and to "get to the bottom of the issue." He's now promising to sue to recover any profits from the record and video sales. On February 25th, he was quoted in The Times Picayune as saying, "They used my jail. I think I'm entitled to some money."
No stranger to controversy himself, Mr. Lee has been previously accused of racial profiling as evidenced by a late 80s news item that ran in the Los Angeles Times. In that piece, the Sheriff stated (on record) "If there are some young blacks driving a car late at night in a predominantly white area, they will be stopped," Lee said. "If you live in a predominantly white area and two blacks are in a car behind you, there's a pretty good chance they're up to no good." Furthermore, "We will stop everybody that we think has no business in the neighborhood... it's obvious that two young blacks driving a rinky-dink car in a predominantly white neighborhood -- I'm not talking about on the main thoroughfare, but if they're on one of the side streets and they're cruising around -- they'll be stopped."
At the time of the documented incident, Mr. Lee was met by a chorus of protests as echoed in the aforementioned news piece. Even though Mr. Lee eventually rescinded his comments, the seeds were planted.
"He's brought national shame on Louisiana," said Martha Kegel, executive director of the Louisiana branch of the ACLU. "A public official cannot release that kind of poison and remain in office."
C-Murder's new album, "The Truest S*** I Ever Said" will be released on KOCH Records/TRU Records on Tuesday, March 22nd. Working and recording while serving time, C-Murder has assembled his first new album of original material since the 2002 release of "TRU Dawgs." Featuring collabos with Soulja Slim, Akon, Capone, MAC, Ms Peaches and others, the album's first single/video is "Y'all Heard of Me" featuring long-time friend, B.G.
Commenting on his new album, C-Murder says, "This record is real street; I'm kickin' it back to the streets. It's about the trials and tribulations of my life. People will be able to relate to it."
The video for "Y'all Heard of Me" is already making-waves on the Internet where a Director's cut of the video premiered February 24th on www.Allhiphop.com
. A link to view it can be found at: http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=4116
Combining aforementioned jail footage along with a B.G. performance footage shot in the heart of the Calliope projects (C's home-turf) the video is as chilling and grimy as it gets and contrary to popular belief, does not glorify or promote crime.
There is however, continued brewing controversy centering on where/how the jail footage was obtained. In answering that controversy, Miller's attorney Ron Rakosky assures that footage of Miller in jail was obtained with the sheriff's permission and co-operation on only two separate occasions. Rakosky says that the music video footage was filmed by crews for Court TV and a local cable-access show. He adds, "Here's a guy in jail, making constructive use of his time instead of withering away. He's lost more than three years of his life, locked up for a crime he did not commit. At least he's not just sitting there, wasting away."