C-Murder Video Angers Sheriff

Rapper C-Murder ticked off a Louisiana sheriff by recording parts of an album and music video while behind bars awaiting a murder trial.

The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, has been in the Jefferson Parish jail for more than three years. He faces a second-degree murder charge in the 2002 shooting of 16-year-old Steve Thomas inside New Orleans’ now-defunct Platinum Club.

The performer was convicted of second-degree murder in 2003, but a judge later ordered a new trial because prosecutors withheld information about witnesses.

In the meantime, Miller recorded a 17-song album called The Truest Sh*t I Ever Said, which is scheduled to drop March 22nd. An earlier version of a video for the album’s single, “Y’all Heard of Me,” shows the rapper in jail and complaining about racial profiling.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee didn’t know about the recordings until February 23rd when a reporter asked to interview Miller in jail. Lee said he’d been tricked and that he hadn’t given permission for the filming.

“Suffice it to say, I’m not pleased. I’m quite pissed,” Lee said. “The only thing I’ll say is, he will not make another video while he’s in my jail.”

The rapper’s lawyer, Ron Rakosky, said his client did nothing wrong because the video footage was recorded by film crews for Court TV and a local cable-access show which had permission from the sheriff’s office to do the interviews.

Miller, the younger brother of rap mogul Master P., was also indicted last July by a Baton Rouge grand jury on attempted second-degree murder charges stemming from an August 2001 incident.

The rapper allegedly fired a semiautomatic handgun at the owner of Club Raggs and a security guard after they insisted that he be searched before entering the club.

Miller faces a maximum of 50 years in prison if convicted.