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Hip-Hop Reacts to the Casey Anthony Verdict

When the “Not Guilty” verdict for the Casey Anthony case was announced yesterday (July 5), the Internet went into a rage, posting their varying thoughts on the shocking sentence via their social networking sites. Hip-hop was no exception.

Artists like Noreaga from Capone-N-Noreaga and The Roots’ own Questlove all took to their Twitter pages to express their thoughts on the outcome of the long, drawn out trial that questioned whether or not Anthony was the murderer of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

“Its great to be white #notguilty,” Questlove sarcastically tweeted, while Nore joked about it, posting, “Too gangsta to show love to his pops my son foul and mean do he know we know bout Casey Anthony lol jk (sic).”

Elsewhere, outspoken independent rapper Sage Francis, penned an essay and released a track, “Godcast 2 – The Bright Side of Witch Burning,” partly inspired by Casey Anthony being found not guilty; the 47-minute mix was originally inspired by his thoughts on the Kenyan “witch burnings.” “The ‘not guilty’ verdict resulted in a public outcry, reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson trial back in 1995, as people chastised the jury’s decision and collectively expressed their terminal cynicism toward the US judicial system,” he wrote. “All of this happening just ONE day after the 4th of July, a day in which true-blue American’s celebrated their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain by shooting bottle rockets at one another’s faces. Fore-shame, America! FORE…SHAME!

“In the case of Casey Anthony, it is quite possible that she has literally gotten away with murder, but if that’s true then it is not a fault of America’s judicial system,” he continued. “It is a fault of the prosecutors who were unable to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.”

Check out the track below:

What are your thoughts on the Casey Anthony verdict? Leave your comments below.—Gina Montana

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