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March 01, 2006
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Record label pulls CD of rapper who killed Vegas officer

Copyright 2006 DR Partners d/b/a Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Just weeks after local rapper Amir "Trajik" Crump killed a police officer, his record label has pulled his CD from stores out of respect to the officer's family.

Crump, 21, died Feb. 1 in a gunfight that also claimed the life of Las Vegas police Sgt. Henry Prendes, a 14-year veteran of the force.

Prendes was responding to a domestic violence report involving Crump and his girlfriend.

The rapper and his music partner, who performed as Desert Mobb, were on the rise locally with the release of the duo's debut album.

But album producer "Jewish" Dave Rosen decided to recall the album last week.

"We just thought it would be the respectful thing to do," Rosen said.

Although Crump's friends described him as a peaceful musician, the Desert Mobb CD contained violent imagery. Its booklet depicted Crump peering out through window blinds and holding the gun police say was used in the gunfight.

"Don't let the pretty face and long curly hair fool you," states part of Crump's message to fans alongside the photograph. "I'm a pretty face thug and I got tha AK waitin'."

In the wake of his partner's death, the other half of Desert Mobb is continuing his career, Rosen said.

Rapper InfaRed has a song coming out on a new CD and a guest appearance on the compilation CD "Jewish Dave and Friends," slated for release in mid-March.

Rosen said the album eschews violence in favor of parody-laced comedy songs.

"If we're offending anyone with this CD," Rosen said, "it's only because of bad language, not because of anything that happened with the shooting."

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