Rappers get the boot

Apr 4, 2006 4:04 AM

Among the conventioneers who showed up at a recent private party held by Molson Coors Brewing Company at the Rio, one person was notably absent: Rapper Snoop Dogg, who had been billed as the main show.

The reason for the rapper’s absence: The Rio’s parent company, Harrah’s, asked Coors to cancel Snoop because of pressure from Las Vegas police and Nevada’s Gaming Control Board.

Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, isn’t the only rapper who is feeling unwelcome in Las Vegas these days. After a series of shootings involving local rappers, acts are finding their engagements canceled.

The crackdown on rappers began last summer, after four local rappers were shot and killed in Clark County.

More recently, following the murder of a Las Vegas police officer by an aspiring rapper named Amir Crump, the Gaming Control Board took action. In a letter to licensees, the board expressed concern about "gangster rap," a term that usually describes music that features gang activities.

One tavern that received the letter, Moose’s Beach House Bar & Grill, ended a weekly hip-hop party and stopped advertising on a prominent local rap radio station.

"They said it could be a problem, the music we’re playing," said Moose’s general manager Johnny Young, who added that the bar now plays "rock ”¦ we play Madonna."