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Rap music star Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) was shot to death leaving a music industry party in Los Angeles last weekend. The drive-by murder was the second brazen attack on a gangsta rap celebrity in the past six months. Brent Anthony Collins...
Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic. Chuck Philips writes about pop music for CalendarJimmy Iovine, whose credits as a record producer and engineer range from John Lennon to U2, still winces at the humiliation of being turned down by everyone he approached in 1989 to invest in the record company he wanted to start. "People took my calls...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterDefying opponents of "gangsta rap," MCA Inc. has completed a $200-million partnership deal with Interscope Records, the controversial Westwood label that Time Warner Inc. abandoned four months ago after a heated national debate over Interscope's lyrics....
Chuck Philips covers the pop music industry for The Times' Business sectionNEW YORK -- Behind the glass at Sean "Puffy" Combs' midtown Manhattan recording studio, singer Faith Evans fights back tears as she lays down the plaintive chorus to "I'll Be Missing You," a duet single dedicated to her slain husband, gangsta rap star the...
Tags: Gaming, Gang Activity, Coca-Cola Co., Mary J. Blige, Dance
Special To The TimesAUSTIN, Tex. -- The Song ' I got a tech-9 now his smokin' ass is mine . . . Comin' quickly up the streets is the punk ass police the first one jumped out and said freeze . I popped him in his knees . ' "Crooked Ass Nigga" from recording...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersWASHINGTON -- Escalating their attack on "gangsta music," anti-rap crusaders C. DeLores Tucker and William Bennett called on major record labels Thursday to sever their relationship with artists whose songs contain explicit sexual and violent lyrics....
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterC. DeLores Tucker captured the outrage of many parents three years ago when she declared war on gangsta rap music. Prominent politicians leaped to her side. She became a celebrity by denouncing companies that "pimped porno rap" to children. The 67-year-...
Tags: Time Warner Inc., Rental Service, FBI, Snoop Dogg, Politics
Special To The TimesThe record industry is quietly putting an end to violent, angry "gangsta" rap songs that portray the killing of police officers. Rappers are still writing and recording songs about shooting cops, but some executives have decided that album cuts with such...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSitting in a West Los Angeles recording studio, just around the corner from the police station where he was booked as an accomplice to murder, gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg has two important dates on his mind. On Nov. 23, Interscope Records will...
Tags: Gaming, Warren G, Gang Activity, West Los Angeles, Snoop Dogg
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt's just after the Soul Train Awards ceremony Friday night and the Notorious B.I.G. is leaning on the couch of his Westwood hotel suite, watching the tape-delayed show on television. The 6-foot-3, 380-pound rapper, who is sharing a room-service...
Special To The TimesA member of the Los Angeles "gangsta rap" trio Da Lench Mob has been arrested on suspicion of murder in a slaying last month at a bowling alley in the Athens area, authorities said Wednesday. Terry Gray, 24, who goes by the stage name T-Bone, is the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterRap music is not polite. It's a noisy 'n' crude attack on mainstream sensibilities that has even liberal-minded adults who were raised on the rebellious, outlaw beat of Little Richard and the Rolling Stones asking themselves, "What happened to real music?...
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