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LAS VEGAS CRACKS DOWN ON RAP

 

A recent performance at a private party by Snoop Dogg in Las Vegas’ Rio hotel was cancelled after local police and Nevada's Gaming Control Board discouraged casinos from booking rap acts.

 

According to published reports, the recent pressure stems from a wave of shootings involving local rappers. Last June after four local rappers were shot to death in Clark County in a span of a few months, Sheriff Bill Young of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sent a letter to state gambling regulators urging them to discourage casinos from booking rappers. 

 

"I don't know if we can influence the gaming industry to not book gangster rap acts here in Las Vegas," he wrote. "However, to my way of thinking, it is a legitimate crime-prevention strategy."

 

Some clubs that promote rap music have even being subjected to frequent police visits and inspections.  Moose's Beach House Bar & Grill is one of them. After being contacted by the police, it recently ended a weekly hip-hop party and stopped advertising on a prominent local rap radio station.

 

"They said it could be a problem, the music we're playing," said Moose's general manager Johnny Young. Now, he says, "we play rock, we play Madonna."

 

Dennis Neilander, chairman of the Gaming Control Board, says his agency isn't "singling out gangster rap."

 

He added: "The industry letter we sent was simply an attempt on our part to be proactive and let everyone know it's an area of concern."



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