Florida: Making Rap An Issue

Making Rap An Issue

Hurt by the collapse of an attempt to increase restrictions on abortions and an image of indecisiveness, Florida's Republican Governor Bob Martinez will have trouble winning a second term. He is trying to boost his chances by leaping on an unlikely issue. He has asked the state prosecutor to bring obscenity and racketeering charges against a popular rap-music band, the 2 Live Crew, for recording an album whose title, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, aptly describes its contents.

Last month a judge in Fort Myers found probable cause that the songs were obscene. The ruling gave Martinez grounds for ordering...

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