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Hip-Hop Stars Plan NYC Protest

June 3, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Some of the biggest names in hip-hop are planning a protest on City Hall this week.

Rapper Jay-Z and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are among those who plan to demonstrate against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed school cuts.

Jay-Z has sent out a call to students of the city’s public schools over New York radio stations to join the protest after their classes get out Tuesday afternoon.

``Hip-hop artists have the biggest mouths, bigger than any mayor in this country,″ Simmons, who will speak at the rally, said in Sunday’s editions of the New York Daily News. ``We’ve all been too silent about the cutbacks, but if hip-hop artists decide to help fight them, no one can beat them.″

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