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The rap music impresario Sean Combs has gone on a charm offensive to woo the world's biggest advertisers as he gears up for the launch of his new television channel, called Revolt TV, aimed at what he calls "millennials" – people in their teens and early twenties who were born just before the new millennium.

Bad is good for business

The "bad boy" image has long existed in the land of rock'n'roll. The Rolling Stones trashed hotel rooms in the Sixties. The Seventies saw Johnny Rotten exude punk angst. Metallica gave voice to the angry young man of the Eighties. But it was all good fun, something which can hardly be said of the violence which surrounds Nineties rap music.

The Notorious BIG

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Obituary: Notorious B.I.G.

Last Friday, British record executives and media were treated to an exclusive playback of Notorious B.I.G.'s forthcoming album, Life After Death. On it was a track called "You're Nobody ('Til Somebody Kills You)" which the New York rapper dedicated to his rival the late Tupac Shakur who was murdered in Las Vegas in September last year.

US rapper shot dead

American rapper Notorious BIG was gunned down yesterday, the second well-known gangsta rap artist killed in six months. The rapper, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, was leaving a party just after midnight when rounds of gunfire erupted from a passing vehicle. Wallace was dead on arrival at hospital. Reuters - Los Angeles

heavenly The far-out influence of Pluto

Currently there seems to be a raft of books concerned with bridging the generations.

The Dogg has his day in court

Edward Helmore reports from New York on the opening of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg's trial for murder

King of gangsta rap on trial for drive-by killing

Washington - Snoop Doggy Dogg, the superstar of gangsta rap music, whose debut album, Doggy Style, entered the US charts at No 1 and sold four million copies, goes on trial today as an accessory to murder in an alleged drive-by shooting, writes Tim Cornwell.

Time Warner to sell 'gansta rap' stake

Time Warner is negotiating to sell back its 50per cent stake in the controversial "gangsta rap" label Interscope Records to the record company. The media group bought its stake in Interscope for $100m, paying $20m in 1992 and $80m earlier this year, but in recent months has faced a rising tide of criticism over the content of some "gangsta" lyrics.

LETTER : Gangsta rap's antecedents

From Mr Melvyn Hirst

They're Outhere. They're here. But would you want your children to listen?

Is gansta rap all a white conspiracy? Daniel Jeffreys reports on the US's black liberal backlash, while in the UK Lloyd Bradley wonders why only white kids need protecting

Rapper with a positive attitude

Music/ beyond the 'gangstas'

A tough act for mortals to follow

As the bad girl of comic strips hits the big screen, Tank Girl's fans are buckling up their boots and donning their combat gear. Tamsin Blanchard reports

Obituary: Eazy-E

Eric Wright (Eazy-E), musician: born 7 September 1963; died Los Angeles 26 March 1995.
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