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June 27, 1997 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Sony's Epic record division cut a deal Thursday for a multimillion-dollar joint venture with Brooklyn rap entrepreneur Lance Rivera, who goes by the name Un. Un, who brought lascivious rap queen Lil' Kim and gangsta rap crew Junior M.A.F.I.A. to Time Warner's Atlantic Group, signed a five-year deal with Epic after turning down offers from Mercury, Elektra, Universal and Atlantic. Debut albums by Lil' Kim and Junior M.A.F.I.A.
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May 16, 1997 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years after extricating itself from a controversial alliance with gangsta rap distributor Interscope Records, Time Warner has again come under fire from activists who accuse the company of poisoning young people by distributing the sex- and violence-themed music of rappers Lil Kim and Junior M.A.F.I.A. On the morning after Time Warner's stock hit an all-time high of $47.625, Chairman Gerald M.
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May 14, 1997 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His name is Un. From a cramped, one-bedroom apartment in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood, he operates the headquarters of Undeas Entertainment--one of the hottest new rap companies in the music business. How hot is it? Undeas, which was launched four years ago at a nearby chicken stand, has released only two albums during its brief existence. Yet each album has sold more than 700,000 copies--generating an estimated $15 million in revenue for its distributor, Time Warner's Atlantic Group.
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