Thursday, April 20, 2006

American Idol In Tha Hood Brings Real Gangsta Rap

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – With the blessings of Original Gangstas in Los Angeles’ toughest ’hoods, a new rap compilation is bringing the noise – without the pain.

That’s because a new two-disc record called Rep Yo Set features unsigned and unknown rappers from 27 of the most gang-infested L.A. ’hoods, including South Central.

The CD is being compiled by several respected rap industry moguls, among them Robert Lewis III, best known for his record label, Reputable Records.

Surprisingly, Lewis says the security for the project wasn’t as big an issue as one might think – but they did have to take precautions while scouting talent in the nascent rap stars’ high-crime hometowns.

Says Lewis, “Once we got the blessings of the O.G.s [for each turf], we were alright. The only time we were refused entry was when [gang leaders] said they couldn’t guarantee our safety.”

Lewis isn’t concerned if he’s accused of stoking gang confrontations, adding, “If we can be accused of anything, it’s of bringing these guys together to offer a positive, non-violent alternative to the young kids in their neighborhood.”

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