Snoop, Chuck D. Rapping For Peace

Chuck D. wants to stock the violence.

The drive-by murders of two of rap's biggest stars over the past six months,

Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., has spurred a trio of rappers to

organize a "hip hop peace tour." A spokesman for the Nation of Islam has

confirmed that Snoop Doggy Dogg, Chuck D., and Doug E. Fresh will tour under a

banner of hip hop peacemaking in mid-97, according to the Reuters news

service.

The Nation of Islam held a press conference in Minister Louis

Farrakhan's Chicago restaurant this past Thursday (April 3) attended by all

three rappers to unveil the plans for the tour and a subsequent album, both of

which will be dedicated to the murdered rappers.

Farrakhan reportedly

became involved with organizing the tour because of speculation that one or

both (perhaps neither, though) of the murders could have been a result of an

overhyped East Coast-West Coast feud between Shakur's California Death Row crew

and B.I.G.'s New York Bad Boy crew.

Recent reports, however, have pointed

to Shakur's murder possibly being linked to an earlier robbery in Compton,

California and B.I.G.'s murder being tied to a financial dispute unrelated to

his real-life war of words with Shakur. Although he did not attend the press

conference, Bad Boy Entertainment mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs did send his

support, as did the Ices (Cube and T).