Interesting story behind the collaboration between Danger Mouse and Murs. DM sampled the song “To A Black Boy” by the 60s psychedelic group The Free Design for a compilation based on their music, but the lyrics are informed by a case that outraged many people at the time (2003-4) and brought attention to the excesses of Georgia’s sex offender laws. Pic above is DM and Murs highlighting a website set up to address the case.
DM wrote this himself for the Lex website:
“This true story took place in rural Rome, Georgia, USA just last year 2003! Marcus Dixon, an 18-year old African American high school senior was accused of rape by a classmate (a white girl only a few months shy of 16, a sophomore). The Jury quickly came back with Not Guilty verdicts on all rape & use of force, they agreed the sex was consensual (only took them 15 minutes). However, the prosecutor added the charge of child molestation since the girl was under 16. He was found guilty by this charge by definition and sentenced to a mandatory 10 year sentence. No high school boy or girl has ever been charged with child molestation of a classmate less than three years his or her junior until Marcus. Marcus was a star on the football team, an Honor Student (3.96 GPA) and had a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Marcus has already served one year and is still currently in prison.”
The story has a happy (happier, anyway) ending, though: Marcus Dixon's conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court and he was released in 2004. He attended Hampton College and has played for the NFL since graduation.