from Rock & Rap Confidential/2000

In the weeks leading up to the late March release of the Murderersí Def Jam debut, Irv Gotti Presents The Murderers, there was a lot of hot air about how the groupís name would somehow cause permanent harm to America. Behind that smokescreen was the fact that Def Jamís parent, Universal Music Group, told the Murderers that they wouldnít release their album if they didnít remove "anti- police" lyrics. Def Jam head Russell Simmons, who owns an ad agency with a $10 million contract to promote the New York City police department, was happy to observe a code of silence even though Universal promised to more aggressively censor lyrics in the future.

[from Rock & Rap Confidential/2000]

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