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Prosecutors can use YouTube music videos made by the leaders of a Brooklyn drug gang called Together Forever Mafia against them at their upcoming racketeering trial, a federal judge ruled Friday.

The TF Mafia videos on YouTube include titles such as “Smell Murder,” “Hustler Anthem,” “TF Mafia — My Mobb” and “Brooklyn Zoo — Boo,” according to court papers.

Judge Kiyo Matsumoto’s decision to allow the video evidence to be used against defendants Michael (Rab) Garrett and Paul Rivera is the latest in a growing body of cases nationwide in which defendants who rap about criminal conduct on video see it come back to bite them.

“The court finds that excerpts of videos depicting the defendants with firearms, cash and drugs are highly probative to the weapons-related charges, narcotics trafficking and money-laundering charges,” Matsumoto wrote in the decision.

“The defendants may offer evidence at trial . . . that the weapons, cash and drugs depicted are ‘props,’ but it is up to the jury to weigh this evidence and decide what is depicted,” she stated.

Lawyers for Garrett and Rivera had argued that the videos are merely fictionalized dramatizations, boasting and part of the gangsta rap genre.

Source: NY Daily News