The musical tastes of several U.S. Supreme Court justices run toward opera. But as the start of its fall term approaches, the court is getting an intense education in another genre: the rhythmic, slangy — sometimes violent — poetry of rap music.

One brief in a case before the court recites the lyrics from Eminem’s 2000 song, “I’m Back”: “I take seven (kids) from (Columbine), stand ‘em all in line. Add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine a MAC-11 and it oughta solve the problem of mine and that’s a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time.”

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