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COLORADO SPRINGS, Aug. 30 ‚ÄĒ The D.J. puts on the popular song ‚ÄúNo Problem‚ÄĚ by Lil Scrappy, and a sea of young men and women rush the dance floor.
The club is part of a thriving hip-hop community that has grown as Colorado Springs, known for its military installations and evangelical groups, has grown. But not everyone is happy that hip-hop has taken root here.
After a spate of shootings, and with a rising murder rate, the police here are saying gangsta rap is contributing to the violence, luring gang members and criminal activity to nightclubs. The police publicly condemned the music in a news release after a killing in July and are warning nightclub owners that their places might not be safe if they play gangsta rap....