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Recently we have been hearing a lot about the need for censorship oftelevision and recording industries Whether it is the cartoon Beavis andButthead the controversial television drama NYPD Blue or rap recordingartists someone always s eems to arguing about their negative effects onsociety and the need for government regulationBeing a fan of rap I am particularly interested in issues effectingregulation of the recording industry and rap artists Popular gangstarappers include Dr Dre Snoop Doggy Dog Tupac Shakur Ice Cube and IceTea Many are outraged at the explicit lyrics of the songs and thelifestyles of these artists Snoop Doggy Dog and Tupac Shakur are two ofthe most publicized gansta rappers whose songs contain explicit lyricsand who have been indicted for criminal activitiesSnoop Doggy dog is a native of Long Beach California His mother namedhim Snoopy because of his long face and droopy ears Growing up Snoop wasa member of the Golgotha Trinity Baptist youth choir and an excellentbasketball player However shortly after his graduation from highschool he landed in jail for possession of cocaine Recently Snoop wasarrested for murder On August twenty- fifth Snoop was driving his latemodel Jeep in Palms California He met up with Philip Woldemar iam whoaccording to Snoops attorney had a long history of threatening SnoopSnoops bodyguard shot Woldermariam twice in the back killing him OnDecember eighth Snoop was arraigned for murder but later found innocentMany of the lyrics i n Snoops songs degrade women encourage the use ofmarijuana and glorify violence against authorityAnother publicized case involves rapper Tupac Shakur Many know him forhis starring role in the movie Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson TupacShakurs song Keep Ya Head Up contains such lyrics asI wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women Do wehate our women I think its time we care for our women Time toDespite the lyrics encouraging men to respect women Shakur was recentlyarrested for sexually abusing a woman in a midtown hotel This
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