Prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola aren’t allowed to record albums or songs, but that prohibition does not seemed to have silenced inmate No. 00556633.
Corey Miller, a rapper known as C-Murder who is serving a life sentence for killing a teenage fan in a Harvey nightclub in 2002, released a video for a new single last week, and his management told The Huffington Post on Monday that the album “Penitentiary Chances” will come out in April.
The video for “Dear Supreme Court/Under Pressure” features an actor in a red baseball cap and sunglasses playing Miller in partial close-ups. Other than a quick exterior of a penitentiary, the setting is a cell, though it’s actually just a set.
The voice is said to be Miller’s, but manager Manuel Ortiz would not tell The Huffington Post how it was recorded.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections began looking into how Miller managed to record material from behind bars in January, when reports of a new album first surfaced, spokeswoman Pam Laborde said Tuesday.
Miller was questioned by prison officials and claimed not to have recorded anything while at Angola. He insisted that any material released by his record company was recorded before he was incarcerated, Laborde said.
However, the lyrics and video for “Dear Supreme Court” appear to have been conceived of after his conviction.
In the song, Miller professes his innocence and asks the state’s high court to release him, alleging that his trials were rigged and jurors were paid off. At one point, he imagines that if he were released, he could persuade inner-city criminals to lay down their guns.
The video includes shots of people holding signs in front of the state Supreme Court building that say “Justice” and “Free C. Miller.”
Miller has a formal request for a new trial pending before the Supreme Court. That request, which alleges a juror was pressured to vote to convict him and says two new witnesses will testify that Miller wasn’t involved in the killing, was denied by a state appeals court in late 2015.
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