A struggle rapper based in Florida found himself on the wrong side of the law after lyrics of his threatened violence at a college campus in the state. The lyric seemingly suggested that the artist known as Jun Jun would confront a musical rival at a University of Florida sports contest and shoot the event up.
Christopher Maurice McCallum, 26, 620 NW 19th Ave., was arrested Tuesday, according to a warrant affidavit filed by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
“Rap is a heavily stigmatized genre of music,” said Clay Calvert, a First Amendment expert on faculty in the UF College of Journalism and Communications. “It’s not unusual for rap to find itself in the crosshairs of prosecution.”
At issue is a rap posted on McCallum’s Facebook page March 22 that deals with a feud between McCallum, Gainesville men and another rapper. It alludes to a March 23 rap concert by Keyanta Bullard at 8 Seconds, a downtown club.
In the song McCallum raps he will “catch you at a Gator game and shoot the whole campus up.”
The outlet adds that any threat of such violence, even written, is considered a felony in the state.