In 2011 Taylor Bell, now rapping as T-Bizzle, put out a song about a pair of coaches at his school sexual harassing students, sharing it - as you would - on YouTube and Facebook. He was punished for this, despite the fact that the events in the song were true and could be corroborated by "four different female students" who "submitted sworn affidavits detailing the sexual harassment they endured at the hands of the coaches."

He was suspended and forced to attend a different school. Bell then sued the school, a case which he lost; according to a dissenting judge, "the school board has never attempted to argue that Bell’s song stated any fact falsely." So what was the problem with it? Rather than be serious, a judge on the majority side chose instead to highlight the song's swearing, as well as its "numerous spelling and grammatical errors."

Bell has now appealed that decision.

Upon hearing about the story, several hip-hop artists and personalities have signed a brief in support of Bell. These include Pharoahe Monch, Big Boi, T.I., and Killer Mike.

Speaking to The New York Times , Mike said, "Anyone who is learned in law is capable of separating art and lyrics, whether you agree with them or not, and actual human behavior. I think the courts understand it when it’s Johnny Cash. I think they understand it when it’s Robert Nesta Marley."

He added: "I see a kid who saw wrong happening and was outraged about it. He wrote a poem about it over a beat."

When asked how he felt about these big names coming to his aid, Bell said, "It makes me feel like a kid in a candy store."

We'll have to wait until February to find out if the Supreme Court will hear the case.