Las Vegas Cops “Blown Away” By Antipolice Gangsta Rap


Morey Alexander, the Godfather of Gangsta Rap, speaks more like your grandpa than the man who helped launch the careers of such hard-nosed hip-hop luminaries as N.W.A., Ice Cube and the Boo Yaa Tribe. When discussing the recent deadly shootout initiated by Las Vegas rapper Amir Rashid Crump of the Desert Mobb, Alexander begins to sound a little exasperated: “He had no bearing on what was happening in the rap world at all.”

Las Vegas police disagree. “The guy who killed Henry was not talking (on his album) about wonderful things. It was hatred and violence,” said Las Vegas police Capt. Gary Schofield. “How does it not affect you when you’re spending all your time making violent music? If you listen to hate all day long, you’re going to be hateful.” Veterans of the Las Vegas hip-hop scene say that gangsta rap isn’t the cause of violence; it’s the result of it. Over the summer, local shootings left four gangsta rappers dead in two months, with two of the slayings unfolding at Las Vegas recording studios where many rappers cut albums. In July, police launched what would become a six-month investigation of the local gangsta rap scene in reaction to three fatal shootings in eight weeks. Rappers were both the targets and assailants in each incident. The glorification of violence and anti-police messages on local gangsta rap albums “blew us away,” Schofield said. Soon, cops departmentwide were attending a class called “Understanding Gangsta Rap.”


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