In our Oct. 15 issue, EW reported on the controversy around ”Calling Out,” a hidden track on West Coast rapper Kurupt’s upcoming album, ”Streetz Iz a Mutha.” It was feared the cut, which attacks East Coast rappers, including DMX and his posse, Ruff Ryders, and disses — without naming — Kurupt’s ex, Foxy Brown, would reignite rap’s coastal tensions.
That uncertain peace may have been shattered on Oct. 17, when, according to police, two suspects fired on a crowd outside the studio where Kurupt was recording, killing the rapper’s security guard and wounding two others. The LAPD had no suspects or motives at press time, but several Internet music sites quoted a source at Kurupt’s label, ANTRA, as reportedly stating the song may have been a factor.
A DMX spokesman denied any connection whatsoever to the shooting. In what the label says is its only official statement, ANTRA CEO Joe Marrone also refuted a lyrical link and expressed ”fervent hope that there be no more violence in the hip-hop community.” His peace offering? ANTRA will release ”Streetz” Nov. 16, with the inflammatory track intact.