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GANGSTA RAP

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Sex isn’t the only kind of scandal that sells: The arrest of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, 21, on murder charges has served to fuel interest in his long- awaited album, DoggyStyle, which is expected to debut at the top of the charts this fall. ”The store might have originally ordered 100 units,” says Larry King, a buyer for the Tower Records outlet on L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard. ”Now we’ll be ordering 400 to 500. The notoriety has changed everything.” Best known for his stint on Dr. Dre’s double-platinum album, The Chronic, Snoop-whose real name is Calvin Broadus-is accused of murder in the death of Phillip Waldemariam, 24. According to police, Snoop drove the car the night his bodyguard, Lee McKinley, 23, allegedly shot Waldemariam in the Palms district of L.A. Snoop’s lawyer says McKinley was acting in self-defense-the victim had previously threatened the rapper. The arrest has not curtailed his career, however. Now out on $1 million bail, he’s traveling the country as part of the Chronic tour. ”Snoop’s the hottest M.C.,” says Monica Lynch of Tommy Boy Records. ”And in this culture of the new, you can’t underestimate that.” Says Jon Shecter, editor of the hip- hop journal The Source, ”This is the most anticipated hip-hop album ever.”