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House of Pain, Coolio, Jeru Damaja, Cypress Hill, Gang Starr, Ice Cube. . .phew. A Stateside rap deluge hit the UK in August. Next in line is Gravediggaz and, this week, New York's finest rough stuff, Wu Tang Clan (right). Listen to the group's current albums, including the stripped-down, frenzied Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers) (RCA) and you might detect a lifestyle theme: bullet-dodging, woman-shagging, street hustling and so on. But these are simply catch-all phrases, rather like 'gangsta rap, and there's more to it than that, as Genius, one of the nine-strong Wu Tang Clan, explains.

ARTS / Testosterone rapper on a roll: Show People 76. LL Cool J

TWENTY-FIVE is rather young to be an elder statesman, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for LL Cool J. Few rap artists get to make five albums. And few if any of those are as good as LL's 14 Shots to the Dome. The last shot, 'Crossroads', an epic apocalyptic vision with full orchestra, is the killer blow, but at least three others are right up with his best. 'Funkadelic Relic' is an engagingly honest assessment of his career so far, 'All we got Left is the Beat' is an astute analysis of rap's place in society, and 'Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag, Getting Crushed by Buildings' is every rapper's dream - an imaginative sex metaphor.

LYRICS / Spread the word, take the rap: Rappers have a new shock in store: they're inciting peace, love, the three 'R's and cholesterol-free diet. Kevin Jackson reports

At last, an American lawyer has had the guts to bring these foul-mouthed, psychotic, drug-crazed rap stars to book. The lawyer in question is Lawrence Stanley, a specialist in obscenity trials and recent winner of the august H L Mencken award; the book is Rap: The Lyrics (Penguin), which collects the words to 150 of the form's greatest hits. Thanks to Mr Stanley, hard-core rap fans will have the chance to find out exactly what their heroes were bellowing about even from the depths of the most impenetrable mixes, while pale, timorous liberals will be able to discover what has been going on in rap since about 1980 without having to endure the torture of actually listening to the stuff.
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