Rapper Tiny Doo is facing 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted under a California law that forbids gang members from profiting from criminal gang activities.
The law, passed by California voters in 2000, criminalizes anyone who "willfully promotes, furthers, assists, or benefits from any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang."
Doo, whose real name is Brandon Duncan, has been charged with nine felonies because of his rap mixtape "No Safety," which includes lyrics such as: "Ain't no safety on this pistol I'm holding."
Prosecutors claim those type of lyrics are a direct connection to criminal gang activity, and that Doo and 14 other alleged gang members increased their status after some shootings in San Diego in 2013 and 2014.
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Doo is not accused of shooting anyone.
Vice.com reports that Doo was arrested in June 2014 when police burst into the condo that he shared with his girlfriend Myra Arauz.
Police were looking for guns in the condo, but didn't find any.
"I'm just painting a picture, man, of urban street life, like that's it," Doo recently told CNN (video below).
"Like the studio is my canvas basically, you know what I mean, like, I'm just painting a picture, that's it," added Doo. "I'm not telling anybody to go out and kill somebody or go do something."
Doo added that he has a real job and has not sold millions of albums.
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"Freedom of speech, I would love to continue to rap, but you know these people have you scared to do anything around here," stated Doo. "I feel like they're trying to eradicate black men."
Prosecutors also claim they have social media posts to prove that Doo is a gang member.