Popular rappers, Jay-Z and Yo Gotti, have sued 2 Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 29 inmates over reports that they did nothing to prevent the violence that has caused the death of 5 prisoners in the last two weeks.
Jay-Z’s lawyer, Alex Spiro filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Greenville, Mississippi, saying because “these deaths are a direct result of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights.”
Alex, on behalf of Jay-Z and Yo Gotti, penned down a letter to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and DOC Commissoner Pelicia Hall, saying they were “prepared to pursue all potential avenues to obtain relief for the people living in Mississippi’s prisons and their families.”
The letter also revealed that the deaths were also caused by the understaffing and neglect at Mississippi’s prisons.
Denorris Howell, 36, was the most recent prisoner to be murdered in Mississipi, after he was found before 3 am in his cell oat Parchman Farm on January 3, covered in blood with a neck wound.
Prisoners Walter Gates, 25 and Roosevelt Holliman, 32, were also murdered at Parchman. Holliman was found fatally stabbed.
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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969),known professionally as Jay-Z (stylized as JAY-Z), is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and record executive. He is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z first began his musical career after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, and subsequently released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. The album was released to widespread critical success, and solidified his standing in the music industry. He has gone on to release twelve additional albums, which have all attained generally positive critical reception and commercial success, including The Blueprint (2001) and The Black Album (2003). Jay-Z has also released the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne (2011) and Everything Is Love (2018) with Kanye West and wife Beyoncé, respectively.
Outside of his musical career, Jay-Z has also attained significant success and media attention for his career as a businessman. In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, and in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million dollar corporations, and allowed Jay-Z to fund the start-up for the entertainment company Roc Nation, which was founded in 2008. In 2015, he acquired the tech company Aspiro, and took charge of their media streaming service Tidal, which has since become the world’s third-largest online streaming company.
Shawn Corey Carter was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City and raised in Marcy Houses, a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
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