‘It Was Like Flies To Honey’: 25 Years Of Rap-A-Lot Records

J Prince (right), founder and CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records, with one of the musicians on his label, UGK's Pimp C, in Houston in 2006.

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There might not be another strain of music more perpetually misunderstood than gangsta rap was in its golden age. Though most commonly associated with its superficial negativity — comically absurd slasher film violence (often directed at women) and vulgarity played for laughs that became more problematic as the music was embraced by the American mainstream and left the musicians vulnerable to rhetoric from parental groups and conservative outsiders — the first wave of street-minded hip-hop was also brimming with a more constructive energy.

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