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August 30, 1994 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Virgin Records is plunging into the rap music field. The company will announce a deal today to distribute and market Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records, one of the most controversial rap labels in the music business. Sources say Rap-A-Lot, which features such singers as Scarface, the Geto Boys and Bushwick Bill, was being wooed by at least two Virgin competitors, including Madonna's Maverick label and one of Virgin's sister companies at parent EMI.
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August 30, 1994 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Virgin Records is plunging into the rap music field. The company will announce a deal today to distribute and market Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records, one of the most controversial rap labels in the music business. Sources say Rap-A-Lot, which features such singers as Scarface, the Geto Boys and Bushwick Bill, was being wooed by at least two Virgin competitors, including Madonna's Maverick label and one of Virgin's sister companies at parent EMI.
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October 5, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
ENTERTAINMENT 'Angel' Ayes: Fox's new sci-fi show "Dark Angel," starring Jessica Alba, got off to a strong start Tuesday, despite running against the presidential debate on ABC and CBS in most of the country, and baseball on NBC. The James Cameron-produced drama attracted an estimated 17.4 million viewers with its two-hour premiere, compared with roughly 30 million combined viewing the debate on ABC and CBS. About 8.
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December 13, 1992 | Steve Hochman
The Geto Boys' song "The Unseen" is a fiercely anti-abortion statement--and pro-abortion rights advocates are steamed. Sample lines from the song by the Houston rap group that has been frequently attacked by conservative organizations as excessively violent and degrading to women: You hoes will get the guillotine If I was a judge For one of you bitches killing off the unseen What. . .is this protesting? Legalizing killing babies. . .
BUSINESS
December 9, 1994 | ALAN CITRON
Giant Records Chief Irving Azoff is in promising discussions to extend his contract with Warner Music Group, after threatening to defect earlier this year in a battle with senior management. Sources say that Azoff would remain on board through 2000 under the deal, in which Warner would also buy the remaining 50% stake in his successful Giant Merchandising company.
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July 17, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rodney G. King, the black motorist whose videotaped beating by white Los Angeles police officers triggered international outrage, is the subject of what may be the next cause celebre in rap. In a record by Houston rapper Willie D., King is accused of being a "sellout" for having called for an end to the violence during the Los Angeles riots last spring.
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June 27, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rap music fans know the chiseled bad-boy looks of Sean (Puffy) Combs all too well. He's everywhere. From the comfortable director's chair of rap's most popular videos airing on MTV and BET to the increasingly familiar sound of him chanting in the background of his artist's hit songs, there is Puffy, sporting those trademark black shades and coyly bouncing from side to side.
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October 6, 2000 | SHAUNA SNOW
TELEVISION 'Wing' Takes Off: NBC's Emmy-winning drama "The West Wing," starring Martin Sheen, launched its second year in spectacular fashion Wednesday, with an average of roughly 25 million people viewing the two-hour premiere, a nearly 50% increase over the show's previous ratings high. NBC also had reason to be encouraged by its new Aaron Spelling soap "Titans," which debuted with a respectable 11.6 million viewers opposite "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (19 million). An estimated 16.
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June 19, 1997 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Competitors laughed out loud five years ago when EMI Music bought Virgin Records for $1 billion, predicting that the British conglomerate would never turn a profit on its investment. The betting was that Virgin's U.S. division was headed for disaster following the sudden exit of Jeff Ayeroff and Jordan Harris, the creative management team that put the label's domestic arm on the map with such pop stars as Paula Abdul and Neneh Cherry.
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November 16, 1997 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
It's early afternoon as Carl Stephenson sits in a Sunset Strip restaurant, reminiscing about the heady days four years ago when he got the attention of the music industry as the co-writer of Beck's hit single "Loser" and for his contract with Geffen Records. He had already written "Dream," a dazzling single that industry insiders were comparing to the early work of such classic Los Angeles pop creators as Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks.
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