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danielle
02-23-2005, 10:09 PM
Rapper angers Louisiana sheriff with jailhouse music video

By DOUG SIMPSON
Associated Press Writer

February 23, 2005

Rapper C-Murder, in jail awaiting a murder trial, has angered the sheriff by recording parts of his forthcoming music video and compact disc behind bars.

The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, has been inside the Jefferson Parish jail for over three years, facing a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a 16-year-old inside a nightclub. He was found guilty in September 2003, but his conviction was thrown out last April.

While awaiting his second trial, Miller has created a 17-song album called "The Truest S--- I Ever Said," set to be released on March 22. An early version of a music video of the album's single "Y'all Heard of Me" shows Miller in jail, in an orange prison outfit, complaining that he and other poor blacks must endure racial profiling.

The release of the video and CD angered Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee, who learned of the video Wednesday after The Associated Press asked to interview Miller in the jail, in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna.

Lee said he had been unaware that the rapper had made music and video recordings from behind bars. Lee said he was tricked and the filming was done without his permission.

"Suffice it to say, I'm not pleased. I'm quite pissed," Lee said. "The only thing I'll say is, he will not make another video while he's in my jail."

The rapper's lawyer, Ron Rakosky, said the footage in the video was recorded by two film crews: one for Court TV, the other with a local cable-access show. Rakosky said both film crews received permission from the sheriff's office to interview Miller inside the jail.

"The bottom line is, we didn't do anything wrong," Rakosky said.

The early version of Miller's video shows another rapper, B.G., performing amid large crowds in and around New Orleans housing projects, where Miller grew up with his brothers Percy, the rapper Master P, and Vyshonne, whose stage name is Silkk the Shocker.

The record is Miller's first since 2002. His career peaked in the 1990s, when he had a hit "I'm Bout It, Bout It," in a trio called TRU with his brothers, then the solo record "Life Or Death," in 1998, which sold nearly 1 million copies.

But Miller's legal problems have often overshadowed his music. In the Jefferson Parish case, he is accused of beating, then shooting to death, Steve Thomas, a teenage fan of Miller's who had used a fake ID to get into Club Platinum in Harvey, a New Orleans suburb.

He was also indicted in Baton Rouge on attempted second-degree murder charges, for allegedly trying to fire a semiautomatic handgun at the owner of a nightclub in 2001 after the man insisted that Miller could not enter the club without being searched.

A victims rights advocate said she was upset to hear that Miller would be making money on record sales while in jail.

"He is a suspect in a murder case. He's in prison. I don't think he should be allowed these privileges, especially earning money, until his name is totally cleared," said Beverly Siemssen, president of New Orleans-based Victims and Citizens Against Crime

Rakosky said he has encouraged Miller to continue working while in jail.

"Here's a guy in jail, making constructive use of his time instead of withering away," he said. "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.

mamicita
03-01-2005, 12:29 PM
wow this is intersting... yes my man is a rapper and he might be getting moved to jefferson parish!

mamicita
03-14-2005, 06:02 PM
the video is out and it is now on bet...i love it:D