Rapper C-Murder, who is in a New Orleans jail awaiting a murder trial, has angered the sheriff by recording parts of his forthcoming music video behind bars.
C-Murder, whose real name is Corey Miller, has been jailed for more than three years, facing a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a 16-year-old inside a nightclub. He was found guilty in 2003, but his conviction was thrown out last April.
While awaiting his second trial, Miller crafted a 17-song album, “The Truest S*** I Ever Said.” As previously reported, the set is due March 22 via Koch. An early version of a music video for the 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 says he learned of the video yesterday (Feb. 23) after the Associated Press asked to interview Miller in the jail.
Lee said he had been unaware that the rapper had made music and video recordings from behind bars, and that the filming was done without his permission. “Suffice it to say, I’m not pleased,” 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.
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.
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