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EMI Urged to Stop 'Gangsta' Rap Distribution: C. DeLores Tucker, chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women, has written a letter to Thorn-EMI Chairman Colin Southgate asking him to stop the music division of his British conglomerate from distributing "gangsta" rap music that she says "glorifies drugs, gang rape, gun-toting and violence." Tucker helped orchestrate the anti-rap campaign that pressured Time Warner Inc. in September to sever ties with Interscope Records, which distributes rap albums by Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound. EMI Music, which is considering an investment in Interscope, began distributing copies of Tha Dogg Pound's "Dog Food" album to retailers in October after Time Warner refused to release it. Tucker's Washington-based organization has also launched a boycott of Tower Records because the chain advertises the sale of "Dogg Food" albums in newspapers.

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