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Quayle Demands That Rap Record Be Yanked

September 22, 1992

HOUSTON (AP) _ Vice President Dan Quayle opened a new front Tuesday in his war with Hollywood, demanding that a violent rap record that allegedly figured in the fatal shooting of a Texas trooper be yanked from stores.

Quayle accused Time Warner Inc. and a subsidiary headed by Frederick W. Field, a prominent Bill Clinton backer, of publishing music that ″has no place in our society.″

His target was rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur’s ″2pacalypse Now″ album, which was reportedly playing on the tape deck of a stolen car stopped by trooper Bill Davidson near Victoria, Texas, last April.

The suspect, Ronald Ray Howard, allegedly shot Davidson through the neck. The trooper died three days later. Howard’s court-appointed attorney, Al Tanner, has said his client would not have done it ″without the music riling him up.″

″The alleged murderer was listening to a record that suggested killing cops was OK,″ Quayle said after meeting the trooper’s daughter, Kimberly, a 21-year-old criminal justice major at the University of Houston at Victoria.

″We believe that the vice president is misinformed about the facts of this case, from the content of the tape to what happened,″ said Jim George, an attorney based in Austin, Texas, who represents Time Warner and Atlantic Records, which have an interest in Interscope Records.

Field is president of Interscope, which produces films and records. He hosted a fund-raiser for Clinton at his Beverly Hills home Sept. 15 with Barbra Streisand and other stars that raised more than $1 million.

Quayle squared off earlier this year with Time Warner over Ice-T’s ″Cop Killer″ song. The rapper himself withdrew it under fire from Quayle and police organizations.

″Once again we’re faced with an irresponsible corporate act,″ said Quayle. ″There is absolutely no reason for a record like this to be published.″

Asked if he was accusing Field or Clinton of endorsing this kind of music, Quayle said, ″No, I am not.″

Davidson’s widow, Linda, has filed a civil suit against Time Warner, Interscope and the rap artist.

Kimberly Davidson said, ″It’s going to be a big struggle to get this trash off the market.″

Attorney James Cole, who represents Davidson’s family in the lawsuit over the rap album, said all but two songs contain references to killing police.

One of the songs, ″Soulja’s Story″ contains these lyrics:

Cops on my tail, so I bail till I dodge them

They finally pull me over and I laugh

Remember Rodney King

And I blast his punk ass

Now I got a murder case...

What the (expletive) would you do?

Drop them or let them drop you?

I choose droppin’ the cop 3/8

At another stop, Quayle drew repeated cheers from a crowd of 7,500 students in a sports arena at Texas A&M University. The students chanted ″four more years″ and hissed whenever he mentioned Clinton.

Earlier, aboard Air Force Two en route to a two-day campaign swing across Texas, Phoenix and Oklahoma City, Quayle pronounced himself the victor in his fight with Hollywood over ″Murphy Brown.″

The situation comedy struck back at the vice president Monday for accusing the show of ″mocking the importance of fathers.″

″We’re winning the battle, believe me,″ the vice president said. ″They will now ask themselves the question every time they make a movie or put out a TV show, ’What does this say about traditional values?‴

″Hollywood literally is out of step with the American people,″ he said.

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