NEW YORK (AP) – The Rev. Al Sharpton, who is mounting a campaign against violence in rap music, said he is planning to buy stock in record companies that produce hip hop, then become vocal as a stockholder.

“I don’t think too many CEOs want to see me come into his stockholders’ meeting to say they’re not doing enough to stop the violence,” Sharpton told the Daily News for Monday editions, though he did not say how much stock he plans to buy or from which company.

He also said he plans to put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to act.

“I do not understand how the FCC can make a lot of noise around Janet Jackson and that case with Howard Stern but has not said anything about a pattern of shooting and other violence at radio stations,” said Sharpton.

He is referring to last month’s shooting at the WQHT-FM studios of a member of rapper The Game’s entourage while his former mentor 50 Cent was at the station giving an interview.

In 2001, another shooting took place at the station, also called Hot 97, involving members of rapper Lil’ Kim’s entourage. Last week, she was convicted of lying about the incident to a grand jury.

Sharpton has accused the station of instigating the violence by having rappers bait each other on the air. After last month’s shooting he proposed a ban that would muzzle artists who are connected to any violent acts, denying them airplay on radio and television for 90 days.

“At what point does it go from programming to inciting,” he said. “I’m not giving up on rap music, I’m trying to make sure it’s rap music and not attack music.”


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